Always a Thief Hardcover – Large Print, Oct 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From the Inside Flap
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 on June 3 2014 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