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Thick as Thieves (1995)
This sizzling debut novel is one of the best crime stories in years. Mackin is a professional thief from Kansas City. As a favor to some Chicago mobsters, he helps Pointy Williams, a rising black hoodlum, knock over a printing company that makes foodstamps. But after the robbery, Pointy sets Mackin up & he's forced to shoot two cops to get away. Now he's got dogged Detective Milos Petrone on his case. How will he get his revenge on Pointy but stay out of the cops clutches and stay on the Mob's good side? Wait'll you see.
As one character tells another: "There's guys that think they're hard guys. There's guys that aren't hard guys and know it. And there's hard guys. Mackin is a hard guy."