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Liars and Thieves

(2004)
(Wages of Sin)
(The first book in the Grafton and Carmellini series)
A novel by

 
 
From Publishers Weekly
Readers accustomed to having series hero Jake Grafton save the world every year (Liberty; Cuba; etc.) may be disappointed to learn he's retiredâ€"but they won't fret for long. Former Grafton sidekick Tommy Carmellini, ex-burglar and CIA operative, has been promoted to star in what's sure to be another excellent, long-lived series. Tommy is hanging out with partner Willie the Wire when ex-girlfriend Dorsey O'Shea turns up asking favors: will Tommy break into a house and retrieve some sex tapes in which she has unwittingly participated? No problemâ€"he hands the tapes over and dismisses Dorsey from his mind. Several months later, the CIA sends him to a West Virginia safe house where Russian defector Mikhail Goncharov is being debriefedâ€"and there, Tommy stumbles into a full-blown massacre. He kills a couple of attackers, rescues a woman, beats a retreat and quickly finds himself in spy hell: out in the cold, accused, alone, hunted by friend and foe alike. As the plot snowballs, it accumulates characters both good and bad: Goncharov has escaped the safe house but has amnesia; Dorsey returns; deadly assassins try to kill Tommy; and evil politicians scheme. (One of them, a woman, is determined to become president of the United States, no matter what: "Give me four years to line up support and be seen by the public and I could beat Jesus Christ in the next election.") Tommy is smart, brave, skilled and possessed of enough self-deprecating, wisecracking wit to endear him to readers. Jake Grafton makes an appearance to help save the day, but Tommy proves himself more than capable of saving the world on his own.
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From Booklist
Readers first met Tommy Carmellini, an ex-burglar and CIA agent, in the Jake Grafton novel Cuba (1999). He usually works overseas, breaking and entering for Uncle Sam, planting bugs, stealing documents, "that kind of thing." Now in Coonts' nineteenth novel (for those readers who are still counting), Carmellini replaces Grafton as the hero-protagonist who is^B out to save the world. It involves the usual gorgeous woman; this one is being blackmailed and wants Carmellini, her former lover, to get some incriminating videotapes that a later boyfriend had made when they were dating. The plot also involves a massacre at a CIA safe house, an illegal break-in, and secret KGB files. Like other of Coonts' heroes, Carmellini faces all sorts of dangers as he seeks to solve the case. As in the previous books, adroit dialogue abounds (for instance, "I was dripping wet with perspiration. If they didn't hear me coming, they would smell me"). Predictably, the hero outwits the bad guys, and, predictably, this latest Coonts tale will hit the best-seller lists. And, predictably, librarians should purchase multiple copies. George Cohen
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Hardback Editions

June 2005 : UK Hardback

Title: Wages of Sin (Charwood Large Print)
Author(s): Stephen Coonts
ISBN: 1-84395-801-5 / 978-1-84395-801-7 (UK edition)
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August 2004 : UK Hardback
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August 2004 : USA Hardback
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Liars & Thieves
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January 2001 : Hardback
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Title: Liars and Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Novels)
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ISBN: 5558624515 / 978-5558624519
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Paperback Editions

December 2013 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Liars & Thieves: A Novel (Tommy Carmellini)
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Liars & Thieves: A Tommy Carmellini Novel
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ISBN: 1-250-09326-0 / 978-1-250-09326-4 (USA edition)
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May 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Liars & Thieves: A Novel (Tommy Carmellini)
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February 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Liars & Thieves
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February 2005 : UK Paperback
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2004 : UK Perfect Paperback
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Title: Wages of Sin
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ISBN: 0-7528-4630-2 / 978-0-7528-4630-9 (UK edition)
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December 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-5012-7556-9 / 978-1-5012-7556-2 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 1-5012-3998-8 / 978-1-5012-3998-4 (USA edition)
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October 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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August 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-4915-2445-6 / 978-1-4915-2445-9 (USA edition)
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December 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-4805-8621-8 / 978-1-4805-8621-5 (USA edition)
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-59335-306-5 / 978-1-59335-306-3 (USA edition)
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March 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-4233-3421-3 / 978-1-4233-3421-7 (USA edition)
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May 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-58788-570-0 / 978-1-58788-570-9 (USA edition)
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May 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Coonts
ISBN: 1-58788-565-4 / 978-1-58788-565-5 (USA edition)
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May 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Novels)
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ISBN: 1-58788-566-2 / 978-1-58788-566-2 (USA edition)
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May 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Coonts
ISBN: 1-58788-569-7 / 978-1-58788-569-3 (USA edition)
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini Series)
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ISBN: 1-59335-464-9 / 978-1-59335-464-0 (USA edition)
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May 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Liars & Thieves
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ISBN: 1-58788-567-0 / 978-1-58788-567-9 (USA edition)
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May 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Liars & Thieves
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ISBN: 1-58788-568-9 / 978-1-58788-568-6 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wages of Sin (Tommy Carmellini Book 1)
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Publisher: Quercus
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May 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Liars & Thieves: A Tommy Carmellini Novel
Author(s): Stephen Coonts
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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