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Sam Hill steals cars. Not just any cars, but collectible cars, rare works of automotive artistry. Sam’s a specialist, and he’s made a good life for himself in Albuquerque, NM. Things change one night after he steals a primo 1965 Thunderbird from a lawyer’s house. In the trunk, Sam finds a corpse, a police informant with a bullet hole between his eyes. And he learns that co ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Fulcrum Publishing
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Sep 05, 2011 John rated it really liked it


by Steve Brewer

Speck Press, 252 pages, hardback, 2004

Sam Hill is a professional car thief. Boosting cars is his
main source of emotional stimulus . . . with the possible
exception of his romantic yearnings toward his fence, Robin
Mitchell, daughter of the fence and car thief who mentored Sam
way back in the days before he'd found anything worthwhile to do
with his life. In turn Sam is mentoring the youth Billy Suggs,
teaching him not just how to be a car thief but the
artistry of the profession f
This novel delivers exactly what it promises: a good old-fashioned auto heist story. I've no complaints about the story. I do feel character development was lacking; the characters never quite broke free of their stereotypes. Still, this was a fun read.
May 18, 2008 Debra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes humor in their mysteries
For professional car thief, Sam Hill, stealing a gold 1965 Thunderbird for a paying customer is no big deal. The second he opens the trunk and discovers a corpse with track marks on his arms and a wire taped to his chest, Sam changes his mind. In a suspiciously short time, the cops are banging on Sam’s door, asking about a missing DEA informant and the stolen Thunderbird. Sam needs to find out who set him up, and why. Once he does, the question becomes what to do about it.

Boost is a light, fast-
Aug 24, 2011 Almeta rated it liked it
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I was recently called to jury duty. During the screening process, the judge asked each potential juror to recount his experience as a victim of a crime. It occurred to me that 97% of them (including me) had had a car stolen or broken into, and said that the experience would not jade their verdict in this trial.

This guy, his love interest and his protégé are involved in car thievery and his sidekick lives to bust heads. AND I rooted for them and every clever prank that they pulled.

Of course my vi
May 26, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-mexico
Hot on Mr. Leonard’s literary heels is Steve Brewer with his latest novel about an Albuquerque car thief who steals the wrong low rider, but doesn’t find out until he discovers a dead DEA informant in the trunk of his next job, a 1965 T-bird. You can also read Mr. Brewer’s column in the Albuquerque Tribune.

Published in hardcover by speck press.
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STEVE BREWER is the author of more than 25 books, including the recent crime novels A BOX OF PANDORAS, PARTY DOLL, LOST VEGAS and CALABAMA.

His first novel, LONELY STREET, was made into a 2009 independent Hollywood comedy starring Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr and Joe Mantegna.

Under his new pen name Max Austin, Brewer is writing a series of hard-boiled crime stories set in Albuquerque, NM. The first, D
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