A classic hardboiled fiction, "Thieves Like Us" as the titles suggests, is about thieves: three bank robbers. After escaping prison, they head off on a spree. Initially successful, the get themselves nice clothes, guns, and faster cars, reading about themselves in the newspapers. Bowie, a central character, was serving a sentence for murder, committed when just 16. He falls in love with cousin of one of his partners, Keechie, the who joins him on the run.
"Thieves Like Us" is classic hardboiled fiction at it's best. After escaping prison, three thieves set off on a spree. At first, they're on a roll. They buy nice clothes, guns, and faster cars. Love complicates things when Bowie, who was serving a sentence for a murder he committed when just 16, falls in love with Keechie, the cousin of one of his partners. She joins him on the run.
"Depression, yet timeless, testaments to young people roaming the country, hungry and without prospects, sleeping rough or turning to crime. He's a writer who deserves to be rediscovered." Richard Rayner, LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/style/la-bkw-rayner22-2008jun22-story.html