Reviews of Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves 

Thick as Thieves is an ingeniously crafted and beautifully paced thriller that carries the reader along on a tsunami of adrenaline.”

The Independent (Dublin)

Thick as Thieves is a wonderfully involving thriller with an unexpected psychological depth not often found in such stories.”

“Riveting…there’s no dearth of heart-pounding, pulse-racing, stomach-dropping moments…”

The Wall Street Journal

“Character-driven, with a protagonist as enigmatic as he is compelling….what really sets [Thick As Thieves] apart is the quality of Spiegelman’s writing.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A fully-realized noir caper full to the brim with tightly coiled tension and suspense…Thick as Thieves is as smart a book as you are likely to read this year. Fans of strong writing, razor-sharp plotting and unforgettable characters will find much to love.”

“A compelling caper.”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Prose worth savoring…breathtaking tension…an elegant feat of fictional engineering.”

The Columbus Dispatch

“A complex, satisfying tale…sharp prose and deft plotting elevate this Ocean’s Eleven-style caper story.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Ever read a thriller so nicely written you flip back a few pages to re-experience an especially well-turned bit of prose? Spiegelman’s caper novel is like that … The fine writing adds a layer of aesthetic pleasure to a good crime story … The ending is great, but it’s an even greater trip getting there.”

Booklist (starred review)

“… a great read … a quickly paced thriller with elegant writing and fully drawn characters.”

New York Journal of Books

“One hell of a heist…Thick as Thieves is a superbly crafted tale, pulsing with tension, twisty as a corkscrew and positively demanding to be read in one sitting.”


“Fast-paced from the first escapade until the final confrontation.”

The Mystery Gazette

“Slick, sophisticated and satisfying … this is thriller fiction at its best.”

Lee Child, author of The Affair

Thick as Thieves is anything but ‘thick’—it’s sleek and subtle, with Spiegelman’s rare eye for the telling detail. Thrilling in both tone and substance, these thieves will steal you away from whatever else you were doing, and leave you glad they did.”

Don Winslow, author of Savages

Thick As Thieves showcases the further development of Peter Spiegelman, one of our best writers of suspense and intrigue. His characters are forceful, smart, and his prose is supple, precise and often poetic. Spiegelman gives us a deep inside look at scams and scammers of various sorts, and puts a big whirling plot into motion that ultimately delivers every satisfaction it promises at the start.”

Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

Thick as Thieves is a pure delight. Carr is one of the most compelling protagonists in recent memory and there’s not a moment’s rest as the action speeds along like a getaway car. Heists, money-laundering, and smart plotting in a novel that’s reminiscent of Elmore Leonard’s best work . . . it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Jeffery Deaver, author of Carte Blanche

“Peter Spiegelman’s Thick as Thieves is vivid and intense story telling at its best! Crackling dialogue, double-crossing characters, and terrific plot twists make Thieves a winner. Who are the bad guys in this spell-binding tale of lies, big bucks, computer crime, and murder? Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! What an ending! Wow!”

Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Legally Dead, and A Dark and Lonely Place

“A lightening-fast caper set at the crossroads of high finance, high crime, and high paranoia, Thick As Thieves is part magic, part alchemy and utterly entertaining. It is what all thrillers should aspire to be, and Spiegelman is that rare writer with both the heart and talent to pull off such an ambitious undertaking.”

Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of Innocent Monster

“Superlative prose lifts this gritty stand-alone from Shamus Award–winner Spiegelman…intricate and plausible.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)