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Always a Thief [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Kay Hooper
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October 2003 Thorndike Americana
In a deadly game of skill and deception...A master thief is just the first wild card…

The priceless, rarely displayed Bannister collection is about to be exhibited—and the show’s director, Morgan West, can’t ignore her growing uneasiness. She’s certain she hasn’t seen the last of the infamous cat burglar Quinn. But she never expected him to turn up at her apartment one dark night in desperate need of her help—help she can’t refuse. The mysterious master thief is playing a dangerous game, and it’s a game that just might get him killed.

With Morgan’s help, Quinn sets a trap intended to catch someone far more elusive…and more deadly…than a thief. But an unseen threat shadows him in the fog-shrouded San Francisco night, an unknown adversary more cunning than any he has yet encountered. Now, just when the stakes are higher than even Quinn can imagine, no one can be trusted—and everything’s at risk.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Before Hooper penned single-title paranormal romantic suspense novels, she wrote series romances for Bantam's Loveswept line. In this uninspired offering, she puts her out-of-print Men of Mysteries Past quartet through a sieve, filters out much of the sex and romance and mixes in elements of the paranormal. What's left is a gaggle of flat characters and a formulaic story line that mirrors Hooper's previous book, Once a Thief, the first entry in this "reimagined" series. When the renowned cat burglar simply known as Quinn comes to exhibition director Morgan West for help after being shot, Morgan promptly calls wealthy, no-nonsense Max Bannister, who's preparing to exhibit his family's collection of priceless jewels and art. Max inexplicably rushes to aid Quinn, who we later learn is working for Interpol in order to catch a murdering thief known as Nightshade. The light bantering between Morgan and Quinn adds a touch of romantic tension to this otherwise tame mystery, but the paranormal aspect-Morgan's weak psychic connection to Quinn-isn't likely to satisfy fans of Hooper's more recent novels. Apart from Quinn, Hooper's characters are sketchily drawn, and many readers may find it far too difficult to grasp the intricacies of their relationships without having read the original Loveswept series.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kay Hooper is the award-winning author of Blood Dreams, Sleeping with Fear, Hunting Fear, Chill of Fear, Touching Evil, Whisper of Evil, Sense of Evil, Once a Thief, Always a Thief, the Shadows trilogy, and other novels. She lives in North Carolina, where she is at work on her next book. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Once A Thief March 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...and that isn't saying a thing. Once A Thief wasn't anything to reflect on. Always A Thief has some good points though once again Kay disappointed me in the ending. She has the habit of writing fabulous stories up UNTIL the ending. Her endings always seem like cop outs to me. Like she's afraid to go as deep as her mind will allow. We hear all this talk about Nightshade and it turns out to be someone right under our nose but it makes no sense.
I had a big problem with Kay jerking my chain several different times. She hinted that Quinn may have been crooked and fooling Morgan. She hinted that Nightshade was a woman. She hinted that a major character may meet their demise before the ending. None of this happened and it just turned her supposed master plot into pure rubberish. What makes this better than Once A Thief is the scenes between Morgan and Quinn. Kay lets them get to know each other and finally make love. Something I was waiting for in Once A Thief. Instead she focused on Storm and Wolff two characters I hope she never brings back in anything because I hate them both. I've read tons of Kay's books and she always provides cop out endings. I don't know if she is afraid to do something major or what. Anyway, I have mixed feelings with this but it is better than Once A Thief. If you actually enjoyed that book you should love this one. Always A Thief wasn't boring like Once A Thief and it focused on the main characters. The love scenes between Morgan and Quinn were tense and exciting yet placed in the wrong parts. I pray the third one ( and it IS coming ) is better. If not this entire series should bite the dust.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Truly Part Two of Two June 18 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel was truly a sequel. You probably will enjoy it if you haven't yet read Once a Thief, but to get the most out of Always a Thief you really need to have read the first book first. For instance, I don't think we ever really get a feel for what Morgan looks like in the second book, while in the first one we have description after description regarding her generous chest, etc. I felt that Always a Thief was a little thrown together. For instance, one major failing was that Morgan gets put to sleep at one point by a man, and we never find out who that man was. This means that we'll probably get a third book in this series (the end is left open for it as well) which I'm not that excited about. There aren't any characters that you really get attached to that you want to learn more about, so I'm hoping Hooper will put her talents to something else instead of a third. Assuming she does, that leaves much to be desired in Always a Thief regarding the loose ends and unexplained happenings. Overall, a fun beach book, but nothing overly special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic suspense at is very best June 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
His first assignment is in San Francisco where Max Bannister is allowing the Museum of Historical Art to display his priceless jewel collection in an exhibit designed by Morgan West. Rumor has it that the deadly Nightshade is going after the collection and Quinn is in place to stop by baiting a trap too irresistible to ignore. Quinn can't give the con his complete attention because he has become romantically involved with Morgan, a law-abiding woman who can't believe she's in love with a master jewel thief.
ALWAYS A THIEF was originally written for the now defunct Loveswept line but in it's present form it is almost unrecognizable because the author expanded the story line and targeted it for suspense fans as well as romance lovers. The hero is one of a kind character who fits the world into his mold except in one area, his love for Morgan who becomes his redemption. The identity of Nightshade will come as a surprise to the audience but Quinn's real everyday identity will come as a bigger surprise to the audience.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quinn is fabulous! June 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love books where the heros are morally ambiguous and maybe while they might have some noble motives, they are also admittedly selfish in their actions. Most authors will shy away from this, giving their hero(ine)s some honorable backstory about why they are stealing. Hooper doesn't do that with Quinn. He likes the challenge and he doesn't feel bad about stealing money from the rich. He's a fabulous character, though the backstory is somewhat convoluted. He charms you into falling in love with him, even when his motives and methods for doing what he does are no longer a mystery.
For some reason Morgan just didn't seem to be much of a believable match for him. Hooper kept alluding to her brilliance, but there wasn't much evidence of it. She wasn't stupid by any means, but she didn't seem as smart as Hooper kept giving her credit.
I won't ruin the ending, but it left enough loose ends open to leave me wanting more of Quinn. I want a third installment!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money June 14 2003
By Jenn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You have Quinn, the supposed-to-be-irristably-charming cat burgalar from KH's first book, ONCE A THIEF. And you have Morgan, the I-am-woman-but-I'll-chase-this-guy-everywhere-and-go-ahead-and-lie-to-me-constantly-baby-it-turns-me-on museum director. And that is it, folks, that is the book, in less than...50 words. And it doesn't end, either. Nope. Absolutely nothing gets resolved in this book. The mystery falls flat, dropped halfway through in favor of the villain who will supposedly carry the next book. There is no secondary romance. There are no security facts, history of cat burgalars, little info on the jewelry, no high society foibles, no background information whatsoever. It is just Quinn and Morgan for 300 or so pages of mass market paperback. When it ends without even a resolution of the *irritating* romance I've been trying so hard to stay awake through for two books I threw it against the wall in disgust.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great sequel to "Once a Thief"
If you've read the first you must complete the story with "Always a Thief", otherwise you'll have missed out. These two books together would make a great movie.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars In Always a Thief, Kay Hooper is Always a Winner!
I read Once a Thief a few years ago and as a romantic fan of a 'happy ending' I was a bit disappointed. Read more
Published on July 12 2006 by Cheryl Tardif
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a wonderful and witty story
I am an avid fan of Kay Hooper and the new Quinn books are wonderfully written. It has a charming and witty story line with a character you can't help but fall in love with. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by "baileyminton"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Anything but boring!"
As I said before I am a huge fan of Lay Hooper! I love all of her books. I think Always a Thief is anything but boring! Try it and judge for yourself! It is a terrific story!
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Darla Lawson
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying ending
This story about a burglar named Quinn and his romantic interest named Morgan fishtails at the end. During the whole intrigue, the reader is made to believe that Nightshade may... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Laser
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I gave 'Once A Thief' 2 stars on the hope that the second book would make it all worthwhile. It wasn't... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Always a Thief
First peeve -- when you write a book that seems to rely very heavily on the first the 2nd should not take a whole year to come out. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
In a continuing story from ONCE A THEIF, this book focuses on a cat burglar named Quinn. It is a big help to read the first book because the author jumps right into the story and... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by SDRTX
2.0 out of 5 stars Agree with Disappointing Reviews
It has become an unfortunate trend among more and more authors (mostly those who began as strictly romance writers) to resurrect earlier works, beef them up and then sell them like... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars tune in tomorrow . . .
Credibility goes out the window right from Chapter One as major characters converge on cue to jump-start the plot-- you can almost hear the mechanical plot snapping together like... Read more
Published on July 10 2003 by David Group
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