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A high-octane novel featuring a charismatic thief forced to pull off one last spectacular caper in order to save his family. For Fans of Ruth Ware and Robert Crais. When Alex and Diane meet, there are instant, undeniable sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia: independent, highly competent, and seemingly settled in their comfortable lives. She runs a A high-octane novel featuring a charismatic thief forced to pull off one last spectacular caper in order to save his family. For Fans of Ruth Ware and Robert Crais. When Alex and Diane meet, there are instant, undeniable sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia: independent, highly competent, and seemingly settled in their comfortable lives. She runs a successful catering business. He's a detail-oriented, rough-hewn thief who robs banks, casinos and jewelry stores. They're immediately drawn to each other, but neither realizes initially that their lives have overlapped once before, under dangerous circumstances. Soon, their shared history and burgeoning relationship will threaten everything they love. One of Alex's biggest jobs goes wrong, and both of their children's lives are suddenly threatened. Alex is forced to pull off one last spectacular, international caper in order to save his family. And just when Alex believes he knows exactly who Diane is and what she's capable of, he learns he's not the only one with dark secrets--he's finally met his match. This is a deeply suspenseful and entertaining thriller about the illusion of control, deceiving appearances, and the fundamental importance of family. It's about how far we'll go to escape our past, to get the things we want, and to protect the things--and the people--we love.


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A high-octane novel featuring a charismatic thief forced to pull off one last spectacular caper in order to save his family. For Fans of Ruth Ware and Robert Crais. When Alex and Diane meet, there are instant, undeniable sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia: independent, highly competent, and seemingly settled in their comfortable lives. She runs a A high-octane novel featuring a charismatic thief forced to pull off one last spectacular caper in order to save his family. For Fans of Ruth Ware and Robert Crais. When Alex and Diane meet, there are instant, undeniable sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia: independent, highly competent, and seemingly settled in their comfortable lives. She runs a successful catering business. He's a detail-oriented, rough-hewn thief who robs banks, casinos and jewelry stores. They're immediately drawn to each other, but neither realizes initially that their lives have overlapped once before, under dangerous circumstances. Soon, their shared history and burgeoning relationship will threaten everything they love. One of Alex's biggest jobs goes wrong, and both of their children's lives are suddenly threatened. Alex is forced to pull off one last spectacular, international caper in order to save his family. And just when Alex believes he knows exactly who Diane is and what she's capable of, he learns he's not the only one with dark secrets--he's finally met his match. This is a deeply suspenseful and entertaining thriller about the illusion of control, deceiving appearances, and the fundamental importance of family. It's about how far we'll go to escape our past, to get the things we want, and to protect the things--and the people--we love.

30 review for Love and Theft

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Stan Parish's edgy and vibrant heist thriller has a cinematic and colourful feel to it, with a compelling central protagonist in 41 year old Alex Cassidy, a professional thief who undertakes highly lucrative heists with his regular crew, hitting the likes of casinos and jewellery stores. So far he has been remarkably successful, little does he know it but his life is about take a far more seriously dangerous turn. The story opens with an audacious $22 million jewellery heist carried out by spect Stan Parish's edgy and vibrant heist thriller has a cinematic and colourful feel to it, with a compelling central protagonist in 41 year old Alex Cassidy, a professional thief who undertakes highly lucrative heists with his regular crew, hitting the likes of casinos and jewellery stores. So far he has been remarkably successful, little does he know it but his life is about take a far more seriously dangerous turn. The story opens with an audacious $22 million jewellery heist carried out by spectacularly skilful motorbike riders in Las Vegas. There is an incredibly tense moment when a young boy, mesmerised by the motorbikes, inadvertently ends up filming the heist on his mobile phone, and when an attempt is made to grab the phone by the gang, his terrified mother manages to get a hold of him, snatching him out of danger. The resulting video goes viral across all the media, pored over and becoming a regular conversation point for millions across the country and internationally, garnering the kind of publicity and notoriety that Alex could do without. No-one is identifiable from the video and Las Vegas Head of Robbery Detective Ramirez and FBI agent Dave Harris are left frustrated with no leads whatsoever, although their hopes rise when an unrelated arrest offers the possibility of closing in on the perpetrators. At a Princeton New Jersey party, overseen by a doctor, Alex meets beautiful 46 year old Diane Alison, who runs her own small catering company, something serious ignites between the two, so important that Alex is determined to drop all his criminal activities for good, for love and family. However, it emerges that Alex and Diane have met previously years ago, an instrumental encounter that is to have repercussions in the present. When Alex and Diane's children, Paola and Tom, are threatened, Alex is forced to carry out another impossible heist in Spain, only to discover there is more to Diane than he could ever have imagined. Parish writes an intense and suspenseful thriller, full of twists and turns, located in Las Vegas, New Jersey, Mexico and Spain. The narrative goes back and forth in time to Alex's childhood, his closely forged relationship with his buddy, Clay, and the shaping of his future career under the tutelage of his trusted friend and advisor, Maricel and her husband, Robert. A highly entertaining and intriguing read of crime, loss, friendship, family and betrayal, depicting just how far someone will go to protect their own and fight for love. Many thanks to Faber and Faber for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    This is the perfect book to get you out of your reading slump! It’s a quick read, fast-paced and full of action. A heist is what starts the novel and a heist is where it all comes together in the end. Everyone in my book club absolutely tore through it. Alex Cassidy is like a lot of men coming into middle age. He’s divorced with an adult daughter, doing well at his job but feeling the burnout. He’s wondering if it’s time to move on to something else, maybe try to meet someone new and settle into This is the perfect book to get you out of your reading slump! It’s a quick read, fast-paced and full of action. A heist is what starts the novel and a heist is where it all comes together in the end. Everyone in my book club absolutely tore through it. Alex Cassidy is like a lot of men coming into middle age. He’s divorced with an adult daughter, doing well at his job but feeling the burnout. He’s wondering if it’s time to move on to something else, maybe try to meet someone new and settle into a different sort of life. In walks Diane Alison, who’s in a similar place herself. The only difference between Alex and other men his age is that his job falls on the wrong side of the law. Namely, he’s a thief—and a damn good one at that. Just coming off of a big job in Vegas, when Alex meets Diane the attraction is instant and undeniable. The two are swept away on a trip to Mexico, where the secrets they’ve been holding back threaten to upend everything. And though Alex wants to retire, he soon finds out that getting out of the game is far more complicated than getting into it. Love and Theft is full of adrenaline and glamour. It’s basically a blockbuster action movie in book form. It’s a lot of fun, and the locations Parish describes in Mexico and Europe are lush and evocative. Perfect for people who cant travel right now (so...all of us), this novel will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire wild ride. *Thanks to @jordys.book.club, @bostonbookfanatic & Doubleday Books for an advance copy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p.36 I hate giving bad reviews to ARCs. I really try to only select books that I think I'll love, and the premise of this sounded so appealing. But I actually thought this was pretty bad-- for me, at least-- and I didn't care to stick around and see if it got better. Maybe it does. I thought the cover was gorgeous and the idea of single parents getting wrapped up in a heist was an appealing concept, particularly after a slew of real Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p.36 I hate giving bad reviews to ARCs. I really try to only select books that I think I'll love, and the premise of this sounded so appealing. But I actually thought this was pretty bad-- for me, at least-- and I didn't care to stick around and see if it got better. Maybe it does. I thought the cover was gorgeous and the idea of single parents getting wrapped up in a heist was an appealing concept, particularly after a slew of really enjoyable domestic thrillers of families gone bad. It's not easy to be a single parent and the temptation to make a quick buck must be great. Particularly if you're sure you will be able to get away with it... Hence the premise. But I really, really couldn't stand the writing style. It's written in third person present tense, and not particularly well. The dialogue is wooden. The writing is choppy. There are TONS of paragraph breaks per chapter, which I think is supposed to make it seem breathless and fast-paced, kind of like an old school noir, but only ends up making everything feel like a rushed first draft. And the chapter endings are so... abrupt. Maybe his writing style will work better for you. It kind of reminds me of Thomas Perry in terms of style, an author whose work I forced myself through and wish I hadn't in retrospect, because the payoff really wasn't worth it. Anyone who enjoys those to-be-devoured-in-one-sitting airport thrillers will enjoy this, and I'm truly sorry to say that I didn't. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  1 star

  4. 5 out of 5

    Col

    Synopsis/blurb .... When Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet by chance at a party in Princeton, New Jersey, there are instant sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia, independent, highly competent and seemingly settled in their lives. She runs a successful catering business. He's part of a crew that robs banks, casinos and jewellery stores around the world. Neither realises initially that their lives have overlapped before, or that their shared history and burgeoning relationshi Synopsis/blurb .... When Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet by chance at a party in Princeton, New Jersey, there are instant sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia, independent, highly competent and seemingly settled in their lives. She runs a successful catering business. He's part of a crew that robs banks, casinos and jewellery stores around the world. Neither realises initially that their lives have overlapped before, or that their shared history and burgeoning relationship will come to threaten everything they love. As Alex prepares for one final, daunting job, he discovers that he's not the only one with secrets - and that both of them are playing for the highest stakes imaginable. ------ My take .... An enjoyable, fast-moving heist book with a few extras thrown in - namely a splash of romance and a helping or two of kidnapping. I liked the opening to the book, which is a Vegas jewel robbery conducted skillfully by villains on motorbikes. It's a robbery which is captured on camera and becomes a You Tube and social media sensation and a talking point at parties. After the robbery, Alex one of the leaders of the gang meets, Diane. A relationship starts to develop between the two. This extends to each of their adult kids mimicking the parents on a Mexican get-to-know-you-better break. At some point Diane discovers Alex is the thief who's the star of the internet. She has the hump and gives him an ultimatum. Alex decides to give up the life of crime for the woman he now feels he loves.It's perhaps a decision he's been pondering for a while, he just needed sufficient motivation to act on it. Of course, life doesn't always go the way you want. One last job beckons - a hobson's choice situation and inevitably the brown stuff hits the fan. Overall, the book did what it said on the tin. I liked the main characters, I liked the plot and the back stories of the individuals. There's probably a bit of reliance on coincidence to advance it, but I was happy enough to go along with the author. I liked the settings..... Vegas, NJ, Mexico and sunny Spain. And the ending worked for me. There are plenty of thrills and excitement, which comes across with an excellent narration from Angelo Di Loreto. Lots to like. I'll be interested in seeing what Stan Parish comes up with next after this entertaining offering. 4 from 5 Read - (listened to) May, 2021 Published - 2020 Page count - 233 (7 hrs 21 mins) Source - Audible purchase Format - Audible http://col2910.blogspot.com/2021/06/s...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    With all typical buddy reads with my friend Chelsea, I finish the book as she cracks open the book! Too bad my friend, because Love and Theft was just too good to wait for you. This book is fast-paced and wild and just an incredible journey of self-exploration for many of the characters. This could be an incredible television show or limited series! This is not your typical heist novel. Without sharing too much, the book starts off with a major heist in Las Vegas where the a group of organize With all typical buddy reads with my friend Chelsea, I finish the book as she cracks open the book! Too bad my friend, because Love and Theft was just too good to wait for you. This book is fast-paced and wild and just an incredible journey of self-exploration for many of the characters. This could be an incredible television show or limited series! This is not your typical heist novel. Without sharing too much, the book starts off with a major heist in Las Vegas where the a group of organized criminals unexpectedly receive notoriety like never before. At the same time, the story focuses on a budding romance between two New Jersey suburbanites, Alex and Diane. As the two forge into a relationship, the two realize that they have a shared history of pain and controversy. As the relationship heats up, both Alex and Diane realize that their pasts can't be denied, but will their pasts come back to haunt them? Love and Theft is hands down one of the most fun reads that I've read this year. I said what I said. It's wildly entertaining, thrilling, and kept me second guessing through the end. I absolutely loved all the primary and secondary characters in their own way. For real, there wasn't one character that I disliked—even the ones that I thought that I should've. I think the main reason why I loved this book was that each character was on their own journey of finding out who they are and why they want to "be better"—their journeys of self-exploration were definitely intriguing to watch. Also, there's subtle moments in the book where there's social commentary about societal issues, which was also very heartwarming to see. This is my first venture into Stan Parish's novels, but I will definitely stay tuned for his future works.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet at party Princeton, New Jersey. They instantly connect. They are both single parents living in a wealthy area. Diane runs a successful catering business and Alex robs banks, casinos and jewellery store with a crew. As their relationship develops secrets come out and they both try to survive. I found this book confusing a times. It seem to jump from part of the story to another too quickly. Also i found there was too many characters to keep up with. The book is a Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet at party Princeton, New Jersey. They instantly connect. They are both single parents living in a wealthy area. Diane runs a successful catering business and Alex robs banks, casinos and jewellery store with a crew. As their relationship develops secrets come out and they both try to survive. I found this book confusing a times. It seem to jump from part of the story to another too quickly. Also i found there was too many characters to keep up with. The book is a shorter read. Overall I was expecting a little bit more of tension filled thrilled and it just wasn't the book for me. I received a ARC from Netgalley and Faber and Faber Ltd.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Please, please tell me someone has bought the movie rights for this. I saw a bookstagrammer describe Love and Theft as “like if Don Winslow wrote To Catch a Thief.” Which sounded like the best thing ever. As long as that assessment was correct. And it absolutely was. This is a hugely fun, action-packed, and relatively light heist book, terrifically escapist but clever enough to keep the reader captivated. Think of it as a beach read with a brain. While the story often moves at breakneck pace, af Please, please tell me someone has bought the movie rights for this. I saw a bookstagrammer describe Love and Theft as “like if Don Winslow wrote To Catch a Thief.” Which sounded like the best thing ever. As long as that assessment was correct. And it absolutely was. This is a hugely fun, action-packed, and relatively light heist book, terrifically escapist but clever enough to keep the reader captivated. Think of it as a beach read with a brain. While the story often moves at breakneck pace, affection for the characters is more of a slow burn that grows as the book progresses. The comparisons to Don Winslow feel at least somewhat prescient. I would recommend this to someone who likes Winslow’s style and subject matter but can’t take all the torture and tragedy. Sort of Don Winslow lite, the PG-13 version or something. The story hooks you from the jump, opening with a wild jewel heist and subsequent motorcycle chase in Las Vegas. Though the action comes in rolls and never again reaches the fever pitch of the opening chapter, there’s plenty of propulsive content, and Alex’s rumination on and strategy for his work are beyond fascinating. I could have done without the largely pointless three day long, drug-fueled parties and some of the hokey gender stereotyping, but these are minor gripes for a book I enjoyed very much. Love and Theft is the summer blockbuster of novels. Buckle up. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I think I went into this book expecting something a little different than what it actually was. The synopsis had me super intrigued, it’s advertised as kind of a heist-slash-romance, which is exactly what it is, however I expected it to be more of a thriller. For a book that I thought would be a high-octane thriller, it got quite a bit dull in the middle for me. The heist occurs in the prologue of the novel and by about 50 pages in, we already know all the characters involved in it so there’s no I think I went into this book expecting something a little different than what it actually was. The synopsis had me super intrigued, it’s advertised as kind of a heist-slash-romance, which is exactly what it is, however I expected it to be more of a thriller. For a book that I thought would be a high-octane thriller, it got quite a bit dull in the middle for me. The heist occurs in the prologue of the novel and by about 50 pages in, we already know all the characters involved in it so there’s not really any mystery left - the remainder of the book basically just follows the man who led the heist as he is determined to leave the criminal life behind while also falling in love. I also have to add that I think this would have been a lot more entertaining as a movie. For me, all the action sounds like it would’ve been much more exciting to actually see onscreen than to read on paper. Maybe this type of book just isn’t for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I loved the first half so much. But then a million characters got introduced and a very complicated second "heist"ensued and I was lost. I loved the first half so much. But then a million characters got introduced and a very complicated second "heist"ensued and I was lost.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tom Mooney

    The difference between great crime fiction and crap crime fiction is often the depth of character. Love and Theft fails ultimately because the characters are nothing. They are thin, unbelievable sketches hanging off a decent plot. I was quite enjoying being swept along by the action in this up to the key moment - the scene where Alex, our protagonist, reveals his true self to Diane, the female lead. This scene was so poorly, so unrealistically portrayed that it just killed any interest I had. I The difference between great crime fiction and crap crime fiction is often the depth of character. Love and Theft fails ultimately because the characters are nothing. They are thin, unbelievable sketches hanging off a decent plot. I was quite enjoying being swept along by the action in this up to the key moment - the scene where Alex, our protagonist, reveals his true self to Diane, the female lead. This scene was so poorly, so unrealistically portrayed that it just killed any interest I had. I couldn't care for these people because it became too obvious they don't exist.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krissy (books_and_biceps9155)

    This book is literally bad ass. That is the best way to describe it. It has so much action and excitement it is nuts!!!! I really enjoyed the adventures that this lead me on. The writing is to the point and the characters are unique. Stan Parish really gives you enough detail to picture everything in your mind. This was a wild ride, and HAS to be made into a movie ASAP!!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    RG

    A pretty good heist story. Overly short though. The second half though had way too many characters and the plot was a little confusing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    You should absolutely be listening to the mission impossible soundtrack when you read Love and Theft. This was such a fun and fast-paced heist novel that felt better than watching any Ocean’s 27 movie. We meet Alex, leader of an elite heist squad, and Diane, a successful caterer with a past of her own. These two meet on the heels of an insane jewelry robbery in Las Vegas that is blowing up on YouTube. As Alex and Diane escape to coupledom bliss in Mexico, things quickly go left and they find the You should absolutely be listening to the mission impossible soundtrack when you read Love and Theft. This was such a fun and fast-paced heist novel that felt better than watching any Ocean’s 27 movie. We meet Alex, leader of an elite heist squad, and Diane, a successful caterer with a past of her own. These two meet on the heels of an insane jewelry robbery in Las Vegas that is blowing up on YouTube. As Alex and Diane escape to coupledom bliss in Mexico, things quickly go left and they find their backs against the wall with one more job. The pack will keep your glued with many in our book club finishing this in one sitting. If it’s possible to be a bad ass through osmosis, this is the book to pick up! Rating: 3.25/5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian Joynt

    An exotic high-speed (and high-class) adventure/heist thriller, told in a searing, vivid, and cinematic style. The dialogue is first-rate, as is the way the narrative unfolds--just a brilliant setup and execution. Great stuff all around; suspenseful and entertaining. Stan Parish has a new fan.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    It has been six years since the publication of Stan Parish’s DOWN THE SHORE, a mixed-genre novel much beloved by everyone who read it. LOVE AND THEFT, his sophomore work, is here at last --- and if he has been lingering over it, his effort certainly shows. This is one of the best novels of the year thus far, worthy of your time, money and undivided attention. As with DOWN THE SHORE, LOVE AND THEFT blurs genres to great effect. It is part caper novel, part police procedural, part love story (as op It has been six years since the publication of Stan Parish’s DOWN THE SHORE, a mixed-genre novel much beloved by everyone who read it. LOVE AND THEFT, his sophomore work, is here at last --- and if he has been lingering over it, his effort certainly shows. This is one of the best novels of the year thus far, worthy of your time, money and undivided attention. As with DOWN THE SHORE, LOVE AND THEFT blurs genres to great effect. It is part caper novel, part police procedural, part love story (as opposed to romance), and very much a thriller. It begins with a daring --- make that insane --- jewel heist carried out inside a hotel/casino shopping mall in Las Vegas, then makes a two-week jump and a cross-country switcheroo to Princeton, New Jersey. Alex Cassidy, the master thief who organized the heist, is attending a gathering in Princeton, where he meets a woman named Diane Alison. Diane is well known and has a very successful party-planning and catering business, while Alex, for obvious reasons, stays off the radar. There is an almost instant attraction between them, which is nearly derailed when they discover that their lives have briefly overlapped in the past. That does not prevent them from taking a holiday in Spain with Diane’s son in tow, just to see if they can explore the mutual though somewhat prickly feeling between them. Alex is seriously considering quitting his life of crime and retiring on the considerable bank he has accumulated. What he does not know is that a member of his crew in the jewelry theft has turned Judas on him to local and federal authorities in Las Vegas. That problem is going to intersect when a local cartel forces Alex to pull off one last job: the kidnapping of a wealthy Chinese industrialist who is coming to Spain, a task that Alex, who meticulously plans everything, has no time to prepare for. Given that his past sins have come back to haunt him, he has no choice. The conclusion comes in a series of chain reactions that affect almost everyone involved, and not in a good way. There are twists, turns and surprises galore, with the suspense amped up to 11, and possibly an issue or two is left unresolved at the end. There may be enough characters surviving at that point to be featured in a sequel. While a follow-up certainly would be welcomed, the story is simply terrific on its own. LOVE AND THEFT will make you want to be a thief when you grow up. It’s that good. Parish’s third-person, present-tense narrative provides an immediacy to the goings-on that will leave readers unable to guess precisely what will happen next until almost the final paragraphs. The bumps and scrapes that Alex and Diane experience along the road of their relationship feel real and provide a nice counterpoint to the action. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another six years for Parish’s next book, though I am sure it will be worth it if we do. For now, we have LOVE AND THEFT to read again. And again. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

  16. 5 out of 5

    Escape_in_a_Book

    I received a complimentary advance copy of this title from the publisher. All comments and opinions are my own. ————— If Mr. Stealth-Kill-You-With-His-Pinky-007 and the romantic suspense genre were in a polyamorous relationship with fast paced thrillers, their precious baby would be LOVE AND THEFT. This is a plot that flies along making it a highly bingeable read. I have never before cheered so hard for a positive outcome for a group of criminals in fiction. I was invested in their success, their I received a complimentary advance copy of this title from the publisher. All comments and opinions are my own. ————— If Mr. Stealth-Kill-You-With-His-Pinky-007 and the romantic suspense genre were in a polyamorous relationship with fast paced thrillers, their precious baby would be LOVE AND THEFT. This is a plot that flies along making it a highly bingeable read. I have never before cheered so hard for a positive outcome for a group of criminals in fiction. I was invested in their success, their freedom, hoping all along for love and redemption. This is going to be one of books that is a highlight of my summer. I had so much fun immersing myself in this world and trying to riddle out the who’s and the why’s through to the end. I’m nominating myself as the official cheerleader of the Stan Parish fan club. Membership is free and basically entails spoiler filled discussions of this book. ————— To my romance loving followers: This is the most fun romantic suspense I have read in ages. To my thriller loving followers: This is the most fun I’ve had reading a thriller in ages. To my mystery loving followers: Same. You get the picture here. Just go read the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lori Leaf

    Have you ever read, or in this case listened to, a book that felt like you were in the middle of an action movie? That’s exactly what Love and Theft felt like to me and I loved every minute of it! ⁣ The book opens with a jewelry heist worthy of Mission Impossible or James Bond and takes us from Vegas to NJ to Tulum, Mexico and Europe. In the midst of all the action there is a love story of the central characters Alex and Diane. Alex, the leader of the heist, has a feeling he’s met Diane before bu Have you ever read, or in this case listened to, a book that felt like you were in the middle of an action movie? That’s exactly what Love and Theft felt like to me and I loved every minute of it! ⁣ The book opens with a jewelry heist worthy of Mission Impossible or James Bond and takes us from Vegas to NJ to Tulum, Mexico and Europe. In the midst of all the action there is a love story of the central characters Alex and Diane. Alex, the leader of the heist, has a feeling he’s met Diane before but not sure where. We are swept up in their Romance and discover how they know each other while at the same time learning their children are in danger which prompts Alex to take on what he hopes is his last job. ⁣ I could not put the earbuds down on this book! It was so entertaining, action packed and suspenseful. It kept me guessing at every turn and I loved the love story mixed in. ⁣ And can we talk about the audiobook? The narration was spot on🙌 and it truly felt like I was listening to a movie. ⁣

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Fabulous book. Lots of twists and turns, some romance, and travel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris the retired librarian

    A master thief is ready to retire when he meets a woman he could really love. But walking away from the world of crimes isn’t easy and he’s pulled back in when innocent lives are at stake. Interesting characters, lots of action, international locations. Great book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    "When you work inside a system, you're a tool of those in power." Thank you to @bostonbookfanatic and @jordys.book.club for having me join the Mystery Book Club this month to read Love and Theft. I finished this in 12 hours and it was a whirlwind. Alex is a quiet, mild-mannered single dad who is a casual robber on the side and just pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in Las Vegas. When he meets Diane, something about her is familiar and their attraction builds quickly. Mutual history causes "When you work inside a system, you're a tool of those in power." Thank you to @bostonbookfanatic and @jordys.book.club for having me join the Mystery Book Club this month to read Love and Theft. I finished this in 12 hours and it was a whirlwind. Alex is a quiet, mild-mannered single dad who is a casual robber on the side and just pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in Las Vegas. When he meets Diane, something about her is familiar and their attraction builds quickly. Mutual history causes road bumps for Alex and Diane, but Alex must pull off one last job of epic proportions before he can retire and live out the life he wants with Diane. This book is a doozy. From the start I was like, this reads like an awesome movie I'd definitely watch. I love heist films: all the Ocean's movies, especially Ocean's 8, the Italian Job! Love and Theft felt like reading a movie, down to the short paragraphs and 3rd person narration (both of which were sometimes hard to digest). The book drew me in from the prologue as I tried to figure out what the heck was going on. I loved the twists - and the ending came out of nowhere for me which I really liked. I struggled a bit with believability - the book didn't feel super realistic but again, it reads like an action movie. Some characters felt a little two-dimensional (Paola and Tom especially), which then made it a struggle to connect when these characters are put in bad situations. BUT, I honestly couldn't stop reading; I had to keep going to see what was going to happen and if Alex and his team would pull it off. There are definitely some pros and cons and the blurb is a bit misleading but I'd recommend that folx just go along for the ride. And what an awesome ride it is! Thank you to Doubleday and Mystery Book Club for an advanced copy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    Stan Parish is a new-to-me author, but with the promise of a sharp and shrewd noir heist thriller, in a similar vein to Roger Hobbs’ Ghostman or Patrick Hoffman’s The White Van, I was very intrigued by the premise of Love and Theft, and boy, was I hooked from the start. Opening with the very slick heist of an upmarket jewellery store in Las Vegas, one of the perpetrators Alex who is considering turning his back on his chosen criminal profession, then finds himself unwillingly involved in an alto Stan Parish is a new-to-me author, but with the promise of a sharp and shrewd noir heist thriller, in a similar vein to Roger Hobbs’ Ghostman or Patrick Hoffman’s The White Van, I was very intrigued by the premise of Love and Theft, and boy, was I hooked from the start. Opening with the very slick heist of an upmarket jewellery store in Las Vegas, one of the perpetrators Alex who is considering turning his back on his chosen criminal profession, then finds himself unwillingly involved in an altogether different sort of heist, and one that can only lead to a whole heap of trouble, for himself and those closest to him… Being a real admirer of the pared down, punchy and lean narrative form, I found the prologue and first few opening chapters, completely held me in their thrall, as we bear witness to the initial robbery in a Las Vegas that is painted with vivid and energetic detail. The level of tension that Parish injects into this first compressed section of the book is flawless, seamlessly grabbing the reader by the throat to see what the crime is and how it is carried out, and leading us to an overriding keenness to see what happens to the perpetrators in its wake. I actually re-read this section a couple of times, and the pace and smoothness of the writing, gradually ramping up the dramatic tension and holding the readers’ attention wholly was absolutely sublime. I noticed throughout the book that this strong grip on tension evident in the carefully manipulated pace of the narrative, ebbs and flows allowing for Parish to not only immerse his reader in high octane danger, but also to slow the book down to some scenes of such poignancy and emotion that leads us to take pause and really see behind the masks of the characters that they present to the world. This is particularly evident in the character of Alex Cassidy, a man with a troubled past, indoctrinated into a criminal lifestyle from a young age, and having encountered a personal loss that haunts him still. He is a man on the cusp of change, and as he endeavours to turn away from his criminal roots, he meets Diane Alison, with whom he shares a historic connection, but also finds that his one last job is anything but, and, put under extreme emotional pressure, finds himself involved in a dangerous kidnapping plot. Alex is a mercurial man, exuding an air of total calmness whatever the situation, but in reality he is trapped in a maelstrom of self-questioning and doubt, belied by his outward exterior. As his relationship with Diane develops, we see him caught between this cool headed attitude, and an inner turmoil as to how far he wants this relationship to develop, and should he be bucking against the twist of fate, that has brought each of them into the other’s orbit. Likewise, Diane, the other major protagonist. initially outside of Alex’s criminal cohort until the situation escalates enough for her to bravely ingratiate herself in it, grows from a position of relative emotional weakness, gradually becoming more emboldened as events progress, and seeking to release her son, and Alex’s daughter from the heat of the situation that develops. The way that Parish peels back the layers of both Alex and Diane, ably surrounded by a supporting cast of equally well-drawn characters, is another standout feature of the book, building a creeping unease in the reader as to how events will play out for them, and more importantly will they survive, and change the direction of their lives. Parish’s choices of locations, Las Vegas, Mexico and Spain, and the way the action develops through each, adds another level of interest to what in a lesser writers’ hands could have been a quite linear set up if rooted in one place. There is a real verve and energy as to how he employs each backdrop as the story progresses, capturing the unique character of each, from the illusional quality of Las Vegas, to the colour and joie de vivre of Mexico, and finally tapping into the rich, ostentatious air of wealthy Marbella, for the book’s stunning and violent denouement. The author ensures that each locale is brought vividly into the readers’ consciousness, with an eye for not only the landscape of the place itself, but how the feel and energy of each imprints itself on those who exist within them. I thought that Love and Theft was an exceptionally understated and clever book, with the seeming simplicity of the language, and both the alternating quickfire and then the more languorous use of dialogue and action, subtly determining the pace of the book as a whole. I loved the shifting locations, the high octane heist scenes, and the overwhelming sense of poignancy and redemption that lies tantalisingly beneath the main plot itself, evinced in the characters of Alex and Diane. A smooth, sassy and ultimately very satisfying ride indeed. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I think this story does not resonate as much on the page as it would in the cinema. I started off with high hopes based on the reviews and the riveting opening Las Vegas heist sequence. In the wake of the jewel robbery, law enforcement officers struggle to find a solid lead. Meanwhile, the anxiety-ridden thief, Alex, tries to stay blended into society and avoid detection. The first quarter of the book does a nice job jumping between the two parallel storylines, giving it a cat-and-mouse feel. Ho I think this story does not resonate as much on the page as it would in the cinema. I started off with high hopes based on the reviews and the riveting opening Las Vegas heist sequence. In the wake of the jewel robbery, law enforcement officers struggle to find a solid lead. Meanwhile, the anxiety-ridden thief, Alex, tries to stay blended into society and avoid detection. The first quarter of the book does a nice job jumping between the two parallel storylines, giving it a cat-and-mouse feel. However, when the focus turns to Alex and Diane's growing relationship (and brings their oh-so-conveniently-the-same-age adult kids into the picture), the plot starts to drag and turn predictable. After Alex meets Diane, he decides to leave his life of crime behind him but finds that's easier said than done, so he gets extorted into a final job. Unfortunately, the dialogue is very short on emotional descriptor words that help communicate tone such as "he sighed," or "she demanded," at the ends of phrases. I started skimming through the Mexico vacation section and finally gave up right before the final heist job starts to happen, because I couldn't bring myself to feel invested in the characters. Also, what is up with all the drugs in this book?! The storyline does not hinge on drug use and would read much the same without it, but the author seems overly obsessed with describing how the characters are constantly either needing, on, or coming off of a high/buzz. Using drugs (of a wide variety of types, I might add) is presented as a respectable, controlled, and normal activity. I don't think there is a single scene somebody is not reaching for cigarettes, alcohol, or any one of a mixed bag of drugs. I got tired of reading filler material, waiting for the main action to pick up again. A lot of people have enjoyed this book, but I just found it wasn't doing it for me. I like the idea of making it into a movie - I think that could be very successful,

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Marie

    Book #76 of 2020 • Love and Theft by Stan Parish • Finished 08/14/20 Stick with me for this review, cause we're going on a bit of a ride Love and Theft starts with a high-speed, so many characters, wait what is happening, who is where jewelry heist • Gas pedal to the floor, no foot on the brake from the very first page And I was lost. After the first night of reading I was about 100 pages in and the book wasn't doing it for me Then by chance, or not since sometimes the universe gives us what we need Book #76 of 2020 • Love and Theft by Stan Parish • Finished 08/14/20 Stick with me for this review, cause we're going on a bit of a ride Love and Theft starts with a high-speed, so many characters, wait what is happening, who is where jewelry heist • Gas pedal to the floor, no foot on the brake from the very first page And I was lost. After the first night of reading I was about 100 pages in and the book wasn't doing it for me Then by chance, or not since sometimes the universe gives us what we need right when we need it, I watched a conversation between Stan Parish and John Fram • Stan said two things that stuck out to me 1. His favorite part of writing a novel is being done 2. He writes screenplays and loves working in dialogue That second night I opened up the book and it was like having a whole new set of reading glasses • Everything became sharper, more in focus and I flew through the remaining pages • Then wanted to go back to read the first 100 with my new lenses Love and Theft is 100% made for the screen • Parish's dialogue cracks - it's snappy and realistic • His description of locations and attention to detail sets the scene visually, allowing the story to play out in your head • His well crafted action scenes are like sitting back and watching a fast-paced summer blockbuster movie explode on the silver screen Love and Theft reminded me sometimes reading is just plain fun and exciting • A book that can transport you into the world of an expert jewelry thief ready to be out of the game • If he can just pull himself out without his entire world combusting all around him • Filled with romance, capers and international locales I'm here for Love and Theft on the screen and I'm definitely here for the next Stan Parish adventure Thank you @doubledaybooks for providing my copy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to NetGalley and Faber and Faber Ltd for the arc of Love and Theft by Stan Parish. This follows Alex whom ends up meeting Diane and there is very a strong connections and spark between them. They are single parents whom are living wealthy suburbia, they are solely independent, capable, and very settled in their own lives easily. Diane whom has her very own successful business within the catering industry whereas Alex is a rough one who is a down right big thief in whom likes to rob very Thank you to NetGalley and Faber and Faber Ltd for the arc of Love and Theft by Stan Parish. This follows Alex whom ends up meeting Diane and there is very a strong connections and spark between them. They are single parents whom are living wealthy suburbia, they are solely independent, capable, and very settled in their own lives easily. Diane whom has her very own successful business within the catering industry whereas Alex is a rough one who is a down right big thief in whom likes to rob very successful and wealthy places like casinos, banks and even jewelry stores. alike. They immediately are into each other, but shocking thing is that neither of them in whom realizes they have actually crossed lives before but whom and which it is , under unsafe and threatening circumstances. Then things start to go wrong in which Alex's biggest job ends up going very bad to in which the children lives are actually at danger..... Alex is then pushed into pulling off one very last astounding international Jobs in specific order in which is to save his own family from grave danger. Then he ends up realising that Diane also has very dark secrets to! he has found his deadly match of all... This was a 4 star read for me I loved the way in which it was written with all the twists, turns, mysteries and dark secrets, it had me gripped from page 1 and I read this within 1 day recommend 4 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kriti

    All the Jersey in the house – this is your next pick! Talk about a sexy romance in the streets of Princeton to drug dealers and crime on the beaches of Tulum to executing a secret mission in Marbella. Since I can’t travel, I’ll just live vicariously through this story! The story starts by introducing Alex, the leader of an elite heist squad, who has a dark, complicated past. As he tries to create a sense of “normalcy”, life throws more “diamonds” in the way. He meets Diane, who is a caterer in Pr All the Jersey in the house – this is your next pick! Talk about a sexy romance in the streets of Princeton to drug dealers and crime on the beaches of Tulum to executing a secret mission in Marbella. Since I can’t travel, I’ll just live vicariously through this story! The story starts by introducing Alex, the leader of an elite heist squad, who has a dark, complicated past. As he tries to create a sense of “normalcy”, life throws more “diamonds” in the way. He meets Diane, who is a caterer in Princeton, New Jersey, leading a more balanced lifestyle. As they meet and go away to Alex’s beach house in Tulum, the story unravels. This was not the first time Alex and Diane had met, they have a past which interconnects into their present and future. How do you move past something you know is not good for you but you can’t resist it? This book straight up reminds me of a Bollywood movie! You have your action, your romance, complicated relationships, the villain, and a couple side stories that all tie in together and if you’re missing the songs, just turn on a Bollywood playlist. It’s so hard to find a book this well written when it comes to an action story. The pace was not drawn out or too fast at the end, very descriptive, and it was just enough of lovey doveyness to make me want to be the damsel in distress! Stan, you have a new lifelong fan that will read all your releases!

  26. 4 out of 5

    patrick Lorelli

    This book is everything that is advertised and more. From the opening scenes to the very last page I glued to this story and even then, I was still wanting more. As the book opens and you are taken from a call in the Vegas dispatcher you are then taken to another scene, while the robbery is taking place the author takes you eyes of a young boy and his phone where he is videoing the scene even to the point of making sure that the blinking icon appears so the boy knows he is recording. You are tak This book is everything that is advertised and more. From the opening scenes to the very last page I glued to this story and even then, I was still wanting more. As the book opens and you are taken from a call in the Vegas dispatcher you are then taken to another scene, while the robbery is taking place the author takes you eyes of a young boy and his phone where he is videoing the scene even to the point of making sure that the blinking icon appears so the boy knows he is recording. You are taken through each scene as part of the criminals and also the investigators. To all of the different places around the Globe, this story takes you to and also different characters you meet along the way. Each one has a purpose and is key to this story and some you take you back in time with a young criminal just starting out and how everything comes full circle. When you get to the end you should be ready for some surprises and plenty of twists. This is a fantastic story that you will not want to put down but will be with you for a while and you will think about the next time you walk into a Vegas Casino. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 Stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy |wheresshereading

    I was so excited to be part of the #mysterybookckub crew for July. Thank you @jordys.book.club, @bostonbookfanatic and @doubledaybooks for this finished copy of Stan Parish’s new novel, Love and Theft. This book started off at full throttle and didn’t let up until the last page. From the detailed Vegas heist in the prologue (which could have been the final scenes in any movie), to the beaches of Mexico and a yacht filled marina in Spain, there were so many twists in this book it kept me guessing I was so excited to be part of the #mysterybookckub crew for July. Thank you @jordys.book.club, @bostonbookfanatic and @doubledaybooks for this finished copy of Stan Parish’s new novel, Love and Theft. This book started off at full throttle and didn’t let up until the last page. From the detailed Vegas heist in the prologue (which could have been the final scenes in any movie), to the beaches of Mexico and a yacht filled marina in Spain, there were so many twists in this book it kept me guessing the whole time. This book is perfect for fans of any action packed movie heist (think Italian Job, Oceans 11 etc). If you are looking to escape through a book, given that this one spans countries and continents, this one is for you. Over the last month, I have read several articles by Parish about Love and Theft. After hearing about his influences and ideas for this novel it was so fun to see it all unfold. But as I turned the final page, I was already wondering if there would be a sequel. It feels like these characters are not done yet. I have been apart of a few other MBC groups, but I think this one might be the best. I am really looking forward to our group chat.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Stewart

    📚𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬📚 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑓𝑡 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑛 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝐍𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐟 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬: 252 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐶𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑇ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 07/21/2020 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 📕📕📕📕(4 stars) • This is the first book I have read from this author. Thank you Stan for sending me a copy to read and review. This cover is absolutely magnificent. • 𝐌𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: This book takes some of the things you would see in an action movie and packs it into a 252 page thrill ride. You get a major heist mixed with romance. The pacing of this book was fast, and ther 📚𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬📚 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑓𝑡 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑛 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝐍𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐟 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬: 252 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐶𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑇ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 07/21/2020 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 📕📕📕📕(4 stars) • This is the first book I have read from this author. Thank you Stan for sending me a copy to read and review. This cover is absolutely magnificent. • 𝐌𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: This book takes some of the things you would see in an action movie and packs it into a 252 page thrill ride. You get a major heist mixed with romance. The pacing of this book was fast, and there were some thriller aspects that I enjoyed. I wish there would have been more thriller vibes included, as I was expecting more out this book then what I ended up getting. There are alot of things going on in this book, and you have to pay attention so you don't lose track of things while you are reading. Overall, I enjoyed the author's writing, and would definitely read more books from him in the future. I hope this book gets picked up for a movie, because I would definitely watch it. If you are a fan of heist crime thrillers, give this book a chance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    KB_615

    I nearly gave myself paper cuts flying through Parish’s exhilarating thrill ride. With whiplash-inducing plot twists, Love & Theft kept me on the edge of my seat for all ~250 pages. Motorcycles, kidnapping, heists—need I say more? The writing and plot structure reminded me of the best Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones movies...just the right amount of character development and “oh snap” moments to kick your heart rate up a notch. I loved the writing style, which I can only describe as kinetic I nearly gave myself paper cuts flying through Parish’s exhilarating thrill ride. With whiplash-inducing plot twists, Love & Theft kept me on the edge of my seat for all ~250 pages. Motorcycles, kidnapping, heists—need I say more? The writing and plot structure reminded me of the best Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones movies...just the right amount of character development and “oh snap” moments to kick your heart rate up a notch. I loved the writing style, which I can only describe as kinetic and sexy. I could visualize everything, from the shootouts to the luscious scenery. We go from Vegas to New Jersey to Mexico to Spain (like an action film!), and Parish equally captures all the locations’ vibrancy. While a nearly flawless read, I felt like there were too many auxiliary characters introduced and the Paolo-Tom (if you know you know) seemed forced to me. That said, I highly recommend Love & Theft, especially if you want some excitement in your quarantine life!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    it's gratifying when the first book you pick up in 2021 rivets you to the couch and has you turning the pages for hours (helped by being in another Covid lockdown, but I digress). This is a fast-moving, machine-gun of a book, a "one last job" and heist novel and unlikely love story all rolled into one. When Alex and Alison meet at a party,there is instant attraction, and the feeling they might have met before. They have (that's not a spoiler, it's obvious from the start), but the ramifications of it's gratifying when the first book you pick up in 2021 rivets you to the couch and has you turning the pages for hours (helped by being in another Covid lockdown, but I digress). This is a fast-moving, machine-gun of a book, a "one last job" and heist novel and unlikely love story all rolled into one. When Alex and Alison meet at a party,there is instant attraction, and the feeling they might have met before. They have (that's not a spoiler, it's obvious from the start), but the ramifications of that early meeting are going to be felt all these years later. Alex is a thief, and unwitting YouTube sensation when a young boy films his crew carrying out a daring and successful Las Vegas jewel heist on motorcycles. When Alex invites Diane and her adult son to a getaway in Cancun, their worlds collide and unravel to a backdrop of drugs, partying and beachside hedonism, as Alex is forced into working for a drug cartel in order to deliver an extremely valuable "package." Great novel, with memorable characters reacting and adjusting to the twists and turns in their lives through choices made decades before.

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