Among Thieves made it rich with color and humor, brightening the dark views into into the cities criminal world. Hosp explains the diehard Boston accent: "R"s came out as "aah"s and the gerund form "ing" had been lost forever. Curses had replaced all punctuation. I had noticed the first two immediately upon moving to the area more than twenty years ago, but the second just cracked me up, because it is so true in certain environments, yet I had never thought of it as a regional speech pattern. Among Thieves opens on Patriot's Day a "smug Boston holiday intended to remind the world of Boston's place in American history". I don't know how smug it is, I just enjoy that there is no school that day! For most of the world it's the day the Boston Marathon is run.
Among Thieves is David Hosp's fourth novel featuring Boston attorney Scotrt Finn. It has adventure, humor and even a sweet romance that is a small under story. The three recurring characters of Finn, Lissa and Kozlowski are tough without being immune to the horrors they see and the plight of others. I am going to go back and start with the first Finn novel, Dark Harbor, which got great reviews. Just for another opinion, my mom also really liked Among Thieves, and she didn't have prior knowledge of the art theft, so if you like legal thrillers, definitely give it a try.
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