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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.
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.See all Product Description
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 18 months ago by Linda Miller
I read Once a Thief a few years ago and as a romantic fan of a 'happy ending' I was a bit disappointed. Read morePublished on July 12 2006 by Cheryl Tardif
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 morePublished on Dec 29 2003
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Laser
I gave 'Once A Thief' 2 stars on the hope that the second book would make it all worthwhile. It wasn't... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 18 2003 by SDRTX
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 morePublished on Sept. 4 2003