Warren Allison, a minor league ex-con is trying to go straight. He works a graveyard shift and is trying to get enough cash together to put himself through college. Then he gets a call identifying him as an ex-girlfriend's grandfather and informing him that his ex (who was also his minor con partner) conned someone out of a fortune in opals. He tracks Maggie Weaver, the ex, back to Omaha and she not only agrees to pay him for his silence but also introduces him to her employer - a romantic con corporation.
Maggie persuades him that he should join her on a new romantic con, in New Zealand. Reluctantly Warren agrees, attracted by the potential financial gain and his renewed relationship with the very desirable and provocative Maggie. With the game afoot they trot off to steal some very rare coins from the family of New Zealand's Prime Minister.
The plot was excellent. Yes, I was expecting another twist or two towards the end, but it was well worked nonetheless. The characters were fun and the concept of the story top notch. Unfortunately the execution lacked a little for me. The dialogue was stale and some of the descriptions of New Zealand an obvious indulgence of the author. This book had wonderful scope to be very funny indeed but unfortunately it remained only mildly amusing throughout. Perfect scenes abound (like meeting the Prime Minister unexpectedly in his own home) with wonderful scope for humor but far too many pass leaving you wondering why there were there at all.
Comparing this book to the works of Carl Hiaasen is an injustice to the master of this genre. Company of Thieves has the potential to be as good, but cannot stand up to the scrutiny of someone familiar with Hiaasen and looking for a really funny yarn. This book is worth reading but do not expect the highs promised by the cover.