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The lost pulp crime novel by great American novelist Gore Vidal!
Hired to smuggle an ancient artefact out of Egypt, Pete Wells finds himself the target of killers and femme fatales - and just one step away from triggering a revolution that will set Cairo aflame!
Thieves Fall Out employs the brisk, tongue-in-cheek tone of the Edgar Box novels. The cast of characters includes Hastings, "British subject, born to be hanged," and Helene, Contesse de Rastignac, "Parisienne, phony as a three-dollar bill, a lovely vulture." Laced with wry humor, the novel carries its suspense to an explosive climax: "Small wonder," says the back cover, "with a cutthroat crew like this on its register, the world-famed Shepheard's Hotel blew up."
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"The fast-moving plot is enhanced by the superbly rendered Cairo settings, evoking the era of King Farouk. This curiosity is another clue that helps complete the complex puzzle of Gore Vidal's personality and talent." - Bay Area Reporter "A hell of a lot of fun." - LitReactor
"Pour yourself a pi a colada and pretend you are baking in the Cairene sun." - Flavorwire
"THIEVES FALL OUT is a gourmet tale with fast-food accessibility. It's so tasty I want to go see what else Vidal has on the shelf." - Noir Journal
"Thieves Fall Out is an engaging and intriguing novel that most authors would be happy to have in their catalog of works." - Borg
"It's the kind of curiosity that Hard Case Crime excels at producing: a peek into the formative years of a gifted and influential writer." - October Country