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Great Heist Novels!

June 16, 2021

Do you get a thrill from watching heist movies and TV series like Lupin and Money Heist? If so, you will also love this reading list. Thieves with amazing skills, sophisticated plans, the uncertainty of getting away with the crime and the unexpected twists and turns, are the perfect combination for an explosive suspense! 

These gripping heist and thieves books are guaranteed page-turners!

1 Arsene Lupin

Arsene Lupin

Edgar Jepson and Maurice Leblanc | Mystery Classics

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Arsene Lupin, a gentleman thief, steals priceless paintings in his own private collection and brilliantly evades the police.

2 The Teeth of the Tiger

The Teeth of the Tiger

Maurice Leblanc | Humanities and Arts

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Maurice-Marie-Émile Leblanc (11 November 1864 - 6 November 1941) was a French novelist and writer of short stories, known primarily as the creator of the fictional gentleman thief and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French counterpart to Conan Doyle's creation Sherlock Holmes.

3 The Blonde Lady

The Blonde Lady

Maurice Leblanc | Humanities and Arts

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Maurice-Marie-Émile Leblanc (11 November 1864 - 6 November 1941) was a French novelist and writer of short stories, known primarily as the creator of the fictional gentleman thief and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French counterpart to Conan Doyle's creation Sherlock Holmes.

4 The Hollow Needle

The Hollow Needle

Maurice Leblanc | Mystery Classics

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The Maurice LeBlanc's gentleman thief returns in this intricately plotted tale of disguises, loot, and love. Once more Lupin is at large, snatching fortunes from under the noses of the wealthy.

5 The Amateur Cracksman

The Amateur Cracksman

E. W. Hornung | Mystery Classics

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Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome--and a first-rate cricketer. In these stories, the master burglar indulges his passion for cricket and crime.

6 The Adventures of Jimmie Dale

The Adventures of Jimmie Dale

Frank L. Packard | Mystery Classics

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Jimmie Dale is a fun loving and wealthy college graduate who secretly leads a double life as a thief.

7 My Lady's Money

My Lady's Money

Wilkie Collins | Mystery Classics

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A drawing-room story that involves a robbery, the Jockey Club and it's society, the betting-ring, and marriage plans.

8 Public Enemy Hud Hudson

Public Enemy Hud Hudson

Gary Whitmore | Mystery

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Hud Hudson was born and grew up and events turned him to a life of crime. So after a stint in prison, he formed his own gang. They went around and robbed banks and jewelry stores during the Golden Age of Bank Robberies. But history reported that Hud Hudson and fellow gang member Ester Walker died during a farm house explosion in 1934. Forty-four years had passed since public enemies Hud Hudson and Ester Walker died in that farm house explosion. In Gibsland, Illinois, James Randall was a wannabe crime novelist that got a nagging gut feeling that his old neighbor just might be that famous Hud Hudson. James believed Hud Hudson did not die in that explosion in 1934. So James goes on the hunt to find evidence to prove history was wrong - and finally bring Hud Hudson to justice.

9 Hitchin a Ride

Hitchin a Ride

Gary Whitmore | Drama

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Joey Austin longed for the love of a woman. But he’s a geek. Sandy took a liking to Joey at the office. He’s in love. He accepts her request to give her a ride home after work. After a short stop at the bank’s drive through, Joey learns later that night that he’s now wanted for bank robbery. Joey runs away before being arrested. But Sandy had vanished. Joey learns his old college buddy Wally was sitting in jail for bank robbery. Joey realized that Sandy and her lover Tony set Wally and him up to take the fall for robbing the bank. Joey went on the run with Wally’s sister, Kathy, to prevent his other geeky buddies from being set up by Sandy and Tony and hopefully place them in a jail cell. But Detective Angie Williams also on the hunt for Joey since he’s considered a fugitive.

10 Daylight Robbery

Daylight Robbery

Virginia McAllister-Evans | Short Stories

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An everyday, hard working couple are forced to take drastic action when they are victims of poor work being carried out on their home. Not only do they suffer financially, but his health deteriorates.Following an idea proposed by a work colleague, the couple join forces to pull of a heist which would set them up for years to come but will exile them from their homeland for good. Do they go along with the plan? Or do they continue with their honest lifestyle? Only time, as usual, will tell ...

11 Tony Scram - Mafia Wheelman

Tony Scram - Mafia Wheelman

Phil Rossi | Drama

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Taxi Driver By Day. Getaway Driver By Night. Tony 'Scram' is one of the top getaway drivers in the game. Bank robberies, mafia hits, home invasions. Name your score, Scram's your man. Pushing 70 and indebted to mobsters, Tony must decide to drive for an armored car heist. The split promises one million per man. Does Tony have one more Scram for the road?

12 Career Thief

Career Thief

Michael Fulkerson and Michael King | Fiction

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Career Thief is a compelling story of an anti-social serial thief with a weird idea of life and a weird understanding of right and wrong. Malefic is a Career Thief, he goes through life stealing as much as he can, looking for the "Big Score" so he can retire to an idyllic lifestyle near the beach. Will his seemingly successful career end happily or will prison even death send him straight to his doom?

13 Cracksman-Thief in the Night

Cracksman-Thief in the Night

E W Hornung | Crime & Mystery

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More adventures of Raffles, gentleman-burglar

14 The Serial Burglar

The Serial Burglar

Austin Mitchell | Short Stories

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The Serial Burglar- Las and Dalby set out to capture Bender, a wily and dangerous praedial thief. On the way, they have to fight the man’s sons to get to him. They also have to get out of Lobban’s Woods with Bender and avoid Clinch Salmon and his band of cutthroats. Read the full story in The Serial Burglar.

15 The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief III

The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief III

Wayne Bisset | General Non Fiction

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The ongoing adventures of The Mexican Horse Thief. From rehabilitation centers to homeless shelters, and beyond!

16 The Stories of the Three Burglars

The Stories of the Three Burglars

Frank R. Stockton | Short Stories Classics

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But I had business to attend to before I could go upstairs. In thinking over and arranging this plan for the capture of burglars, I had carefully considered its various processes, and had provided against all the contingencies I could think of; therefore I was not now obliged to deliberate what I should do. "Keep your eye on them," said I to David, "and if one of them moves be ready for him. The first thing to do is to tie them hand and foot."

17 Collected Short Stories: volume IV

Collected Short Stories: volume IV

Barry Rachin | Short Stories

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* Bethany Glaspell approached the first-ever meeting with Great-uncle Vern, a man who returned from the jungles of Vietnam with a Hmong bride and warped personality, much as a cat burglar might plan his next heist, telling no one, neither friend nor family, her intentions.