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Among thieves
Clarkson, John, 1947- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
418 pages ; 25 cm
"Olivia Sanchez--smart, driven, and beautiful--started at the bottom and worked her way up the ranks of a brokerage firm only to be unjustly, brutally fired, then blackballed. With no place else to go, she turns to her cousin, Manny Guzman, ex-con and ex-gang leader, for help. Manny's first instinct is to hit back. Hard. But his partner, James Beck knows that out in the real world, things aren't done that way. Beck, with a tight group of three other ex-cons, works out of a discreet base of operations in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook. To help Manny, he and his partners, along with a network of close "associates, " offer to look into what happened to Olivia, and fix it. But nothing is as simple as it first appears, and Beck and his men end up going to war against a formidable list of enemies: the politically connected CEO of a Manhattan brokerage firm; a Russian arms dealer; a small army of Bosnian war criminals; a ruthless gang of Russian mobsters; and, last but not least, the NYPD. With too many foes coming at them from too many angles, Beck and his men are going to have to survive against impossible odds, avoid being sent back to prison, and in the process, steal $116 million dollars"--
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They thought they could cover up what an out-of-control trader at a Manhattan brokerage firm did to Olivia Sanchez. She worked hard, played by the rules, but so what? Blackball her from the industry and be done with her.

Who's going to stop them?

Nobody, until Olivia turns to her cousin Manny, an ex-con and ex-gang leader whose first reaction is to take care of the arrogant bastard who hurt his cousin--permanently. His partner, James Beck, part of a tight clique of ex-cons based in Brooklyn's Red Hook, convinces Manny to hold off. Things can be complicated in the real world. But even the savvy Beck has no idea what's really going on.

There's much more at stake than Beck imagines, starting with enough money to ignite a level of ruthless greed that can wipe Beck and his partners off the face of the earth. It's tens of millions of dollars, connected to arms dealing for a clandestine U.S. agency. 

Beck and his loyal band are forced into an escalating nonstop war against an arms dealer, war criminals, Russian mobsters, and even the NYPD. The only way to stay out of prison and survive is to outsmart, outfight, never concede, and ultimately rob their enemies of the source of their power: 116 million dollars.

Author Notes

JOHN CLARKSON is the author of five previous novels, including And Justice for One . He spent many years in the New York advertising industry--as a copywriter, running his own agency, and as a private consultant. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* James Beck is not a man to cross. After serving eight hard years for killing a cop in self-defense, he is released and, with a fat cash settlement engineered by his lawyer, buys himself privacy and a ramshackle building in Brooklyn, where he now lives with three trusted ex-cons. When one of the three, Manny Guzman, is asked for help by his cousin, Olivia Sanchez, the only relative to stick by him during his prison term, Beck gets involved. After being threatened and injured by a colleague at her brokerage firm, then fired and blackballed, Olivia needs redress and a job. As Beck goes to her aid, he's nearly killed by men employed by Leonid Markov, a Russian arms dealer whose large cash accounts keep Olivia's former firm afloat. Soon Beck is targeted by Markov, the CEO of the brokerage firm, with his ties to the U.S. military, a deadly Bosnian crew, and a gang of Russian mobsters. Beck, physically skilled and smart, commands loyalty from his immediate crew and some contract help, as events lead to a violent climax. With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tough guy James Beck, the star of this outstanding thriller from Clarkson (One Way Out), runs a barely above-the-boards operation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to give employment and a second chance to his fellow ex-cons. Beck tries to protect prison acquaintance Manny Guzman from avenging Olivia Sanchez, Guzman's beautiful cousin, who was once a compliance officer at a high-powered Wall Street hedge fund. Sanchez claims to have been physically harmed, fired, and blackballed from the financial industry after attempting to rein in a rogue trader at her firm. Beck pulls together his quasi gang-which includes a bevy of appealing ruffians, mobsters, and burglars-to correct the wrong. But in doing so, he uncovers a plot to launder tens of millions from illegal arms sales, and he riles psychotic Russian arms dealer Leonid Markov, who now wants Beck dead. Clarkson's relentless storytelling drives Beck and his foes toward a satisfying apocalyptic climax. Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher will find a lot to like. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, Janklow & Nesbit. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Olivia Sanchez is a compliance officer for Summit, a small investment company. When she spots irregular trading activity, Olivia confronts the broker, Alan Crane, who goes wild, threatening her and banging on her desk, breaking two of her fingers. Crane denies everything and even sues her for libel. Receiving no satisfaction from Summit's owner or the police, Olivia turns to Manny Guzman, a cousin with a criminal past, and his partner in crime James Beck, a man with unlimited resources. Beck learns that Crane is managing money for a Russian arms dealer, Markov, with nefarious connections. Unbelievably, Beck recruits, with a mere phone call, every kind of criminal, hackers, gunmen, thieves, in his fight against Markov. VERDICT Clarkson's (And Justice for One) disappointing new thriller lacks strong character development, offers the thinnest of plots, and ends in a predictable fashion. Although his Jack Reacher-style hero gets beaten up plenty, he never loses. Only fans of hard-boiled crime novels that feature bloody fights, guns, broken bones, drugs, and graphic sex will enjoy this book.-Edward Goldberg, Syosset P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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