Island of Thieves
When a new security gig turns into a setup, expert thief Van Shaw finds himself the prey in a cross-country pursuit—in this electrifying sixth novel in Glen Erik Hamilton’s pulse-pounding and emotionally resonant thriller series.
Van Shaw is hired to evaluate the safeguards for the art collection of eccentric business magnate Sebastian Rohner. Then Rohner reveals to Van the real reason he’s been recruited: to prevent another professional burglar from stealing the art. Rohner wants to set a thief to catch a thief.
While questioning the bizarre nature of the job, Van accepts the lucrative offer and surveils the highly secure gallery wing of Rohner’s expansive island estate, only to stumble across the murdered body of one of the international summit’s honored guests on the rocky shore. Wary of Rohner’s true intentions, Van knows the homicide detectives on the case—and perhaps Rohner as well—think he’s the prime suspect and will turn his life upside down in their search for proof.
Van begins to hunt for the killer himself, but scrutiny only digs his hole deeper, as another of Rohner’s executives is killed and the Seattle police find concrete evidence placing Van at the scene. With no other options, he goes on the run, alone and unaided. He’s hunted by the cops, the enraged Rohner, and by a pair of psychopathic hitmen who chase Van from one coast to the next. To clear his name, Van Shaw will have to uncover the hidden motive of corporate espionage at a global level, even with a band of killers on his tail, determined to add Van to their growing list of victims.
Named one of USA TODAY‘s “5 Books Not to Miss”
“Hamilton has never been better… [the] fast-paced plot never loses its way despite numerous jaw-dropping twists.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A breathtaking cross-country caper, its action-packed pages offset by an emotional poignancy that echoes longer and louder than any shot fired.”
“The latest in Seattle writer Hamilton’s swift and sure-footed thrillers”
“As ever, Van proves to be a wry, reliable guide through the relentless action of Hamilton’s always thrilling series”
“Hamilton has written his best ‘Van Shaw’ book to date…High stakes, a genuinely complex plot, compelling characters, and excellent writing make this another winner…”
—Library Journal (starred review)