Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Eight woman-centric heist novels for "Ocean's 8" fans

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and the Ustari Cycle from Pocket/Gallery, including We Are Not Good People. At the B&N Reads blog he tagged eight woman-centric heist novels for fans of Ocean's 8, including:
The Grifters, by Jim Thompson

Thompson soul-killing view of the universe may be best absorbed in small doses, but wow, did the man know how to bring the sordid lives of criminals to bright, electric life. The crimes in this book are confidence games, not proper heists, but when the characters discuss their business of fooling people out of their money, the same sort of buzzing electricity fills your head. The planning, the details, the quick-thinking that saves the day—it’s all here, soaked in darkness and horror. If the Ocean’s movies leave you feeling a bit too sunny about breaking the law, this novel will set you back on the straight and narrow.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue