Thieves

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Pub Date 12 Nov 2018 | Archive Date 19 Nov 2018

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Description

Esmeralda works for a housecleaning service during the day and as a restaurant hostess at night. Just out of high school, she is the sole support for her mother and two young siblings.

She has drive and ambition. What she doesn’t have is money.

She knows of a home in the upscale town of Mendham, NJ, that will be empty for more than a month. The rich people who live there go away the same time every year to spend time at their vacation home. Having cleaned the house, she also knows it contains a fair amount of cash and valuables.

Sitting with Ray, one of her co-workers one night, she casually mentions a “what if” scenario; Ray tells Skooley, a white trash drifter who recently moved to New Jersey from south Florida, and a plan is hatched.

It isn’t long before Esmeralda finds herself trapped by both circumstance and greed, forced to try and defend herself against one of her partners in crime, who she quickly discovers is far more dangerous than she ever thought possible. 

Esmeralda works for a housecleaning service during the day and as a restaurant hostess at night. Just out of high school, she is the sole support for her mother and two young siblings.

She has drive...


Advance Praise

“A chilling portrait of a psychopath on a murderous rampage. One hell of a debut for Steve Russo.” —James Hayman, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Bridge

“Kudos to Steven Max Russo. I read Thieves in one sitting—it’s propulsive, absorbing, and all too plausible. I warn you, these thieves will steal an entire day or two from you—and you’ll love every minute of it.” —Jonathan Stone, author of Moving Day, The Teller, and Days of Night

“Gripping and powerful, Thieves is a dynamite read. Definitely a book you won’t be able to put down.” —Andrew Grant, author of False Witness

“With Thieves, Steven Max Russo works the rich tradition of American heist fiction like a pro.” —Wallace Stroby, author of the Crissa Stone series

“A stunning debut novel. Steve Russo hits it out of the park with an ingenious, diabolical plot, a unique voice, and complex characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Charles Salzberg, author of Second Story Man and the Shamus Award-nominated Henry Swann mysteries

“Steve Russo has written a gripping suspense thriller. He grabs you in the opening scene and doesn’t let go till the heart-pounding climax.” —Peter Leonard, national bestselling author

“A chilling portrait of a psychopath on a murderous rampage. One hell of a debut for Steve Russo.” —James Hayman, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Bridge

“Kudos to Steven Max...


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Thieves by author Steven Max Russo is a great book! Solid flow about a psychopath on a murderous agenda. The fast-paced and chills are real in this novel and you feel it on every page! It’s a book you won’t want to stop reading and it will have you checking the locks on all doors, a lot! Trust issues and gripping, I thoroughly enjoyed Thieves!

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Sometimes it’s better to not share everything you know. Esmeralda finds out in a serious way that loose lips do a lot more than sink ships. Seemingly innocent conversation turns deadly. Russo has created a tense plot in this thriller which, hopefully, leads to many more stories from the talented author.

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Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview THIEVES by Steven Max Russo. WOW - this was really good! I must say this book was one that I could not put down.

Without giving anything away, the plot starts with the killing of a young man - "they" want information on someone and this young man has given them all he knows. And vividly, the writer tells you that this young man will not see the light of day.
Flash to another young man and his friend who have a plan to rob a house. The owners are gone on vacation and they have heard from a young girl who cleans the house that there is alot of money, jewelry and valuable to be taken. All she wants is a piece of the action when they are done.
The duo quickly realize they do not trust each other and that's where the story really gets interesting.
This is fast moving and unpredictable. Great characters, vivid descriptions and scary as hell. Great read - recommend - 5 stars.

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Thieves, Steven Max Russo's debut thriller, was a novel that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. There is non-stop action, fast pacing, a suspense-filled plot that is unpredictable and full of twists most of which completely blindsided me. Each of the characters are well-drawn and intriguing, so much so that I got behind them and could relate to them from the first introduction. Russo's descriptive prose is vivid and you feel you are part of the story rather than someone being based on the outside. You really feel sorry for Esmeralda and can relate to her struggles.

I read this in one glorious sitting as I needed to know the resolution and by the time I retired to bed, it was 5AM. I hope this is the first of many books the author gets published as he is a serious talent and a master craftsman when it comes to putting together an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. I genuinely had chills and goosebumps at certain parts throughout this compulsively readable novel. I know this will stay with me for a long time to come. At its core, this is heavily based around a warning that people simply cannot be trusted and the effects and aftermath of betrayal. Highly Recommended.

Many thanks to Down & Out Books for an ARC.

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