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  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781612199375
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $43.99

Just Thieves



A down and dirty gem of a tale—a twisty and twisted crime novel that evokes the worlds of George V. Higgins, Patricia Highsmith, and David Mamet, destined to be a Neo-noir classic.


Rick and Frank are recovering addicts and accomplished house thieves. They do not steal randomly - - they steal according to order, hired by a mysterious handler. The jobs run routinely until they’re tasked with taking a seemingly worthless trophy: an object that generates interest and obsession out of proportion to its apparent value.

Just as the robbery is completed, the two are involved in a freak car accident that sets off a chain of events and Frank disappears with the trophy. As Rick tries to find Frank, he is forced to confront his past, upending both his livelihood and his sense of reality. The narrative builds steadily into a powerful and shocking climax.  Reveling in its con-artistry and double-crosses, Just Thieves is a nail-biting, noirish exploration of the working lives of two unforgettable crooks and the hidden forces that rule and ruin their lives.

  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781612199375
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $43.99

Praise for Just Thieves

Praise for As Simple as Snow:   “[a] quirky, engrossing debut…this rich, complex puzzle is the work of a talented author.” Publishers Weekly   "One of the best books I've read in a long, long time."-Kaye Gibbons   "This strange tale manages to creep under your skin, and to stay there for some time."—People   "The writing is compelling; the pace as swift as that water churning under the ice."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer   "A story about young love, suffused with mystery and magic . . . an absorbing read."—The Des Moines Register   "An intriguing debut."—School Library Journal   "Oddly mesmerizing . . . it's teasing foreshadowing’s and forebodings make it hard to forget."—Booklist   "Galloway does an excellent job of building suspense."—Library Journal     Praise for The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand:   “A riveting second novel that explores the issue of suicide with a philosophical, never sensational, approach. . . . Requires careful reading of the issues it addresses, but the effort is well worth it.”—Booklist, starred review   “Fans of gritty realistic fiction such as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why will appreciate Adam’s thoughtful, authentic adolescent voice, and the honesty and boldness with which Galloway treats the issue of suicide.”—SLJ   “A compelling, sophisticated novel that explores the relationship between death and the meaning of life.”—BCCB   “Galloway has written a thoughtful, darkly humorous, philosophical novel with great chapter titles that reads, in a way, like homage to some of the greatest writers of literature.”—VOYA   “A moody, compelling read.”—Kirkus Reviews

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