Love and Theft: A Novel (Hardcover)
"A breathless adventure both starry-eyed and cool-blooded, both charming and diabolical." --A.J. FINN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Crackling with full-throttle tension . . . An electrifying novel." --ROBERT CRAIS, author of the bestselling Elvis Cole novels
An epic Vegas heist.
A high-octane international romance.
A charismatic thief forced to orchestrate one final, treacherous job to save his family.
When Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet at a party in Princeton, New Jersey, the chemistry between them is instant and undeniable. She's a single mother, local fixture, and owner of a successful catering company. He's a single father and weekend homeowner -- and leader of an armed-robbery crew that just pulled off a record-breaking, precision jewel heist in Las Vegas. Neither one realizes that their lives have overlapped before, and that the shared history they uncover will threaten everyone they love.
Swept up in their burgeoning relationship, Diane joins Alex at his beach house in Tulum, where Alex decides to leave his life of crime behind. It begins as a postcard-perfect weekend until an entanglement with a powerful cartel forces Alex to mastermind one final and unthinkably dangerous job. What ensues is an explosive, adrenaline-soaked journey through the moneyed landscapes of Mexico and Europe, where ghosts from the past collide with unexpected perils in the present. As Alex and Diane fight for their lives, they discover that they're not the only ones with secrets--and that those closest to us pose the greatest danger of all.
Propulsive, deeply suspenseful, and layered with mesmerizing twists, Love and Theft is a sophisticated thriller about the illusion of control and the high price of past transgressions.
About the Author
STAN PARISH is the former editor-in-chief of The Future of Everything at The Wall Street Journal and the author of the novel Down the Shore. His writing has appeared in in GQ, Esquire, Surface, The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and lives in Los Angeles.
A New York Times Editor's Choice
"A dark jewel, polished and precision-cut, beloved faces reflected in each glossy facet: Don Winslow, Elmore Leonard, Nelson DeMille. Love and Theft pays tribute to classic capers — and rivals the best of them for verve and ingenuity. A breathless adventure both starry-eyed and cool-blooded, both charming and diabolical. More, please."
--A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“Tight, beautifully written, and crackling with full-throttle tension, Love and Theft knocked me out. An electrifying novel. Stan Parish has the stuff. For real.”
-- Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The story opens on a kaleidoscopic set piece worthy of a James Bond movie as directed by Robert Altman. . . Love and Theft is expertly and (a rarer accomplishment) artfully written. . . A precision-cut sentence can quicken the reader's pulse as reliably as a surprise twist or a character's excruciating dilemma. When a novel delivers all of the above -- as Love and Theft ultimately does, its racecar engine revving to a smooth and satisfying purr -- it can feel to the reader like a kind of miracle. In a word: thrilling."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Hurrah! Love and Theft is pure pleasure from the first page to the last."
--The Sunday Times (UK)
"Love and Theft . . . manages the alchemy of racing narrative momentum with plenty of style, street smarts, and truly fine prose."
"Well now! I just read the next great American crime novelist. Love and Theft is a smart, electric, totally original tale that I absolutely could not put down. To put it simply, this is a fast, fantastic, entirely satisfying read. Fans of Elmore Leonard rejoice. Stan Parish has arrived!"
--Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of the Simon Riske novels
“This terrific page-turner has it all: wonderful characters, frenetic pace, blood-curdling tension, cinematic action, and hugely satisfying twists. Highly recommended.”
--Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats
"An absolute knockout. Love and Theft is the tightly plotted, brilliantly entertaining, stay-up-all-night thriller I've been waiting for. Stan Parish delivers on every level."
--Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of The Banker's Wife and Girls Like Us
"Love and Theft is the caper thriller we’ve all been waiting for—lean, sophisticated, ice-cold, endlessly surprising. What took it so long to get here?"
--Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A suave thriller... Parish writes delicious dialogue, by turns droll, sexy and menacing, in this whip-smart, wild ride with no loose ends."
"Parish has crafted one of the strongest contributions in recent memory to a genre much-beloved here at CrimeReads: the heist novel... Parish manages to weave together genuinely compelling arcs of crime and complicated human entanglements."
"...like Don Winslow, Parish is both a hard-bitten storyteller and a very good writer. A drug-altered scene "liquefies and darkens like sugar over heat." And the plot heats up just right. A hard-boiled thriller that's equally good at love and theft."
"Well-developed characters, relentless pacing, palpable levels of tension throughout, and a notable closing twist make this a winner. Parish is a thriller writer to watch."
"This is one of the best novels of the year thus far, worthy of your time, money and undivided attention . . . Love and Theft will make you want to be a thief when you grow up. It’s that good."
"Old-fashioned escapism in the form of a classic crime caper. A high-octane Las Vegas jewel heist, a drug cartel closing in, hard-partying protagonists drinking away their pasts, all articulated in pacey staccato dialogue against a backdrop of pool parties, Mexican beach retreats and Mediterranean marinas. For those who like their beach reads hard-boiled and fast-paced."
"Love and Theft is the kind of thriller I was afraid people had stopped writing: a novel that's as taut as it is elegant, as ruthless as it is big-hearted. Parish has brought back the ice-cold crime capers of decades past with panache. Try to put it down after ten pages—I dare you."
--John Fram, author of The Bright Lands