Forty Thieves is one of the most convoluted stories I’ve read in a long time. And, I mean that in a good way. The two main characters are Ronnie and Sid Abel, a husband and wife team. The two met and married while they were homicide detectives in L.A. Because they were married, they could not work together in the same precinct, so they retired early and set up their own P.I. firm. In skill level they compliment each other well. They also really like each other and get along well together.
As the story opens Ronnie and Sid have been hired to investigate and solve the year-old murder case of a scientist. The murder itself was gruesome (his body had been stuffed in a storm drain) and complicated and hard to figure out. The Abels begin doing background by interviewing the victim’s ex-wife. She surprisingly gives them a list of the victim’s girlfriends and the investigation really starts to take off.
Enter the Hoyts. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are also a husband and wife team, but they are outside the lay. They are contract killers. They’ve been hired to impede the progress of the investigation, which means going after the Abels. It sounds awful, and it was. However, the author let me get inside the heads of Ed and, in particular, Nicole’s. It was pretty interesting to observe how they met, their skill level and their strategies. (I know – I couldn’t believe how sympathetic I was to them!) All of this on the part of both couples eventually led to the person who hired the Hoyts which in turn led to meeting the forty thieves on which the book is titled.
There was a lot of action in this book. So much so that at one point I suggested to my husband that he should read this one. It’s similar to the shoot-em-up/car-chase movie my husband enjoys. That’s not to say I didn’t like it, because I did. I actually liked all the characters and thought the twists and turns were really interested.
This the first time I’ve read any of Thomas Perry’s books. I liked this one enough to check out another one. Overall I’ll give it 3.5 stars out of 5.
R.I.P. Challenge: 8/8 books – Completed