What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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UNSOLVED: One specific book > Crime / heist by team. Thriller novel read in 80s, 90s?

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message 1: by Nexus7 (last edited Jun 03, 2014 11:20AM) (new)

Nexus7 | 6 comments The problem with searching for this book is there are many others with similar plot elements. I read it the 80s, or maybe the 90s, possibly from my school library.

The mastermind in this novel assembles a team of criminals with different skills, including I think, climbing (as in cat burglars), safe-cracking (or was it art thievery?). They've all been brought to this villa, and it is guarded by his pet falcons/hawks/birds.

There is a bit of character development, the cat burglar woman is portrayed as loving fast cars. Sometime in the first half of the book, she recognizes another team member to be a former accomplice (or maybe undercover) and breaks into his bathroom through a window, chased by said birds, which gash her. The guy is in the tub (jacuzzi?) having a bubbly bath. The mastermind comes in to check to the commotion, and walks out with her.

I don't remember the exact nature of the crime that they were supposed to pull off, because I searched so much that I found heist novels about art, diamonds, etc. I found a comic that seemed to have some of these elements, but it is from 2012.

Added later: I hope I'm not confusing books here, but at one point in the book, the guy whom the woman catches in the bathroom has a one-night stand with another guy.


message 2: by HeavyReader (new)

HeavyReader | 450 comments Could the 2012 comic be based on the book you read in the 80s/90s? In the past, I have seen several graphic novels that were based on a "regular" books.


message 3: by Nexus7 (new)

Nexus7 | 6 comments The comic I found was "Thief of Thieves" and it seems to have several ideas from other stories, but not based on anything specific.

I added some other things I remembered to my original post.


message 4: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)


message 5: by Nexus7 (new)

Nexus7 | 6 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "Dog Eat Dog?"

It wasn't that gritty, the writing was more in the style of Sidney Sheldon. Thanks.


message 6: by Kris (last edited May 03, 2014 09:05AM) (new)

Kris | 34460 comments Mod
A guess - The Double Eagle by James Twining?

Was it set in the U.S., Europe/France/etc. or somewhere else?

About how many people were in the team? All professional criminals?


message 7: by Nexus7 (last edited May 04, 2014 11:45AM) (new)

Nexus7 | 6 comments Kris wrote: "A guess - The Double Eagle by James Twining?

Was it set in the U.S., Europe/France/etc. or somewhere else?

About how many people were in the team? All professional ..."



You, know, it could be. From the initial pages (available to read @ Amazon), I know I've read that book. From the synposis though, it is hard to see how the storyline can jump to assembling a teamat a villa. Does the book have that element in it? They, or at least part of the team is at the villa, and the woman goes snooping outside, and she's startled by something, and chased by the birds, gets in to the guy's bathroom through the window. IIRC, he's in the bathtub at that moment.

I think they all had criminal skills, but at least one may have been undercover. I think there were the two protagonists, then 2 more... maybe. And the mastermind who assembled them.


message 8: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2086 comments This kind of thing is called a "caper story" by the way. Donald Westlake used to write a lot of them, with a mastermind named "Dortmunder" and the team of specialists he organized for each caper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dor...)


message 9: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38268 comments Mod
Nexus7, are you still looking or did you find this? Was it "The Double Eagle"?


message 10: by Nexus7 (new)

Nexus7 | 6 comments Hi Lobstergirl, all,

Thanks for the suggestions, it wasn't any of those, but it sparked some random and interesting reading for me! The novel I was looking for spent a lot of time, half the book IIRC, building up each character that went into the team being assembled. The closest I came was a pulp fiction novel in The Baroness, L.U.S.T. series by Paul Kenyon, called The Ecstasy Connection. It read almost like a parody of the one I'm looking for!


message 11: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38268 comments Mod
Still looking now?


message 12: by Nexus7 (new)

Nexus7 | 6 comments No, haven't found it yet!

Thanks for reminding... now I'll be searching for it again ;)


message 13: by Kate (new)

Kate Farrell | 4070 comments Mod
Nexus ~~
You can "bump" your thread every month or so. This pushes your thread back to the top of the folder instead of languishing here on page 176 where fewer eyes will see it. Get back in the game! Bump!
You can do this by typing a new comment at the end of the thread, or even by typing the word "bump."
Good luck!


message 14: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38268 comments Mod
I just read The Light of Day by Eric Ambler and this isn't your book. There's a team of criminals planning a heist, but no birds. There are also references to bathrooms, but no one interrupted in a bubble bath. However there is the protagonist trapped in the room next to two of the criminal masterminds who are having sex (twice).


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