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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Hogan Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342255
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In this gripping thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship. Doug imagines a life away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all . . . Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific read…A rich narrative of friendship, young love, and mounting suspense.”   

    Stephen King

  • “Stunningly crafted…The plot…is swift and expertly built, the prose muscular and clean.” 

    Seattle Times

  • “The author’s original writing style and knack for unusual metaphors can make for engaging reading, and the book’s cinematic quality and grittily realistic action sequences bode well for its day on screen.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There’s no doubt about Hogan’s ability to blend weighty emotions with riveting shoot-outs as he depicts a complicated man, noble and villainous by turns, trapped in a life he desperately wants to change.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/15/2014

    " Bout as good a thriller as you'll get. Wish I'd read it first before seeing the excellent film adaptation (Ben Affleck's The Town), but knowing the story, helluva read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn Gargiulo | 2/14/2014

    " I don't think Chuck Hogan is a very good writer. This is the first time I thought a movie made from a book was better then the book. Yet this story is good. A little too far fetched but yet a good read if you liked the movie to see some more about where the characters came from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 2/13/2014

    " Pretty good book. Starts of fast and thrilling. Then, it slows down and is a little hard to follow. But it is a very interest-rousing storyline and the characters are developed very well. A little on the violent side, but it also has its touches of romance and self-analyzation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Dixon | 2/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed the movie so i picked up the book and it pretty much lived up to my expectations. Nice local flavor and vividly drawn characters made it a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/9/2014

    " Great crime novel that honors the classic gangster movie themes and the flawed hero/villain. Developed the characters and relationships so well that it made the movie adaption feel like a poor substitute. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 1/26/2014

    " The worst part of this book was I had the movie tie-in cover so everytime I picked the thing up I had to look at Ben Affleck's face. Worse than his face (which is bad enough), but his profile, framed in some type of thought-provoking prose which, for me, is a disturbing image. Other than that, I thought this was a pretty good character-driven crime story, but it didn't have the hard edge I was hoping for. Characters were well developed for the most part, but were a little caricaturish and they lacked the depth and dimension to really make me care about them other than the central character, Doug McRay, so I never really felt much for them, especially Claire, who I really should have had feelings for, and Frawley, the FBI agent. Frawley was really the most upsetting character in the book for me because as an FBI agent, he was supposed to be "the good guy" and he was anything but. I don't mind crime stories from the point of view of the criminal and I don't mind when authors glamorize their villainous main characters, but I don't like it when the chief protaganist is someone working on the side of the law and the reasons why he's acting worse than the criminals aren't made clear. The robberies in the story were interesting to read about and well plotted, but they all came off too quickly. Yes, I'd recommend this book because it was entertaining and a fast read, but after everything's said and done, there really isn't much here. The best part of the book for me was that my impression of Ben Affleck is so different than the Doug MacRay charcter that I had no problem keeping images of Ben Affleck out of my mind while reading so the story was never tainted with thoughts of B.A. I actually liked Doug MacRay and, in case you can't tell, I'm not too crazy about Ben Affleck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Linden | 1/20/2014

    " I don't say this often, but I enjoyed the movie based on this book (THE TOWN) more than the book itself. Still, interesting and engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/10/2014

    " Good read. It sort of telegraphed how it was going to end, but I enjoyed the ride. Definitely recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anaiz | 1/9/2014

    " I can see why this book was made into a film, the ending had me turning pages like a madwoman. The action was great and the characters were very well written. Loved it! 4.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephan | 1/7/2014

    " I enjoyed the movie, and ended up finding the book for $2.00 in a discount bin at Wal-Mart. Easy read and the books ending is more intense than that of the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Resa | 1/2/2014

    " Awesome. I couldn't put it down. I love Hogan's writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 12/6/2013

    " Once I started reading I couldn't put it down- I just had to know what was going to happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 12/5/2013

    " Now named The Town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikala | 11/15/2013

    " Wow! This book was amazing! I've had it on my ereader for a while and I finally decided to start reading it on Monday. I was instantly hooked! I got invested in the story and didn't want to stop reading! All I wanted to do was read the book. I recommend it to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Abay-abay | 3/20/2013

    " Great Crime/Thriller book. I wanted to read the book before I went to see the movie, if the movie matches up with the book it should be pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 7/8/2012

    " The perfect crime novel. The action sequences are so well written you could almost feel the adrenaline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 4/4/2012

    " Enjoyed this book.Very good read. Kept my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 2/24/2012

    " If you overlap this guy's plots with Dennis Lehane's, every Townie in Charlestown, Mass. is either a bank robber or a child molester. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/15/2012

    " Enjoyable, but lordy, so long-winded. Best product placement for Tiffany and Co I've read since Capote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 11/28/2011

    " Not exactly the feel-good book of the year. I wanted to like it, having met the author before starting the book, but it was all so depressing. I'll read another Hogan book, but not for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/28/2011

    " Hogan portrays Charlestown a little ridiculously but its a fun read and anyone from Boston would enjoy the way he does the accent and explains the sights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanetra Malone | 11/3/2011

    " I enjoyed the book. I hate i seen the movie before, ifinished the book. The ending was differehynt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colby | 10/15/2011

    " Book adapted into the movie "The Town" directed by Ben Affleck and starring himself, Jeremy Renner, and Blake Lively. Awesome movie, PHENOMENAL book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dora McFadden | 9/2/2011

    " Great action novel with a good back story. Where you are rooting for the bad guys and in the end you know nothing is going to work out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Stansberry | 8/21/2011

    " Read the book - loved it. "The Town" movie comes out and just butchers it. Read the book, skip the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 8/17/2011

    " This was a pretty good crime story - I haven't seen the movie yet and I'm definitely going to watch it, but it was a bit long and drawn out and the ending was easy to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 7/29/2011

    " Average. I like the opening sequence. Intense and fast moving. After that the character development wasn't very interesting and I didn't care for the dialogue between the group members. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 6/17/2011

    " good picture of south end - close to the movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/13/2011

    " I felt a little teased by the romance. The inside scoop on bank robbin' was interesting. The view of a whole different world inside a city was interesting.

    And it was so close to a Dennis Lehane book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 5/24/2011

    " Amazing book, from start to finish. The build up for what will eventually happen is spot on. Another great read that translated well from novel to film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/5/2011

    " This is so well written and a great story--I'd actually give it 4 stars already even though I'm only 6 chapters in. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 4/5/2011

    " Average. I like the opening sequence. Intense and fast moving. After that the character development wasn't very interesting and I didn't care for the dialogue between the group members. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/2/2011

    " I liked it better than the movie, it was more real I think. The stroy is really entertaining and full of exitment from start to end. Great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/20/2011

    " I found the book difficult to get into. I kept pushing myself to finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Chuck Hogan

Chuck Hogan was a video store clerk in Boston when his first thriller, The Standoff, was published to critical acclaim and went on to become a national bestseller translated into fourteen international editions. He subsequently wrote three additional suspense novels, The Blood Artists, The Killing Moon, and the acclaimed Prince of Thieves. The Blood Artist and The Killing Moon each blended thrills with chills, while Prince of Thieves won the Hammett award for excellence in crime writing and was proclaimed by Steven King to be one of the best novels of the year. In 2010 Prince of Thieves was adapted into a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.