Timothy Watts possesses one of the most arresting voices in
crime fiction. With Grand Theft, he delivers his most
accomplished, hard-boiled, and suspenseful story yet.
Teddy Clyde is a career car thief-a pro who clears three to
four hundred grand a year boosting high-end automobiles off
the streets of Philadelphia. He's cooler than the other
side of the pillow, always managing to stay one step ahead
of any trouble. That is, until one night after driving home
from a lucrative evening on the job, he pulls over to
change a flat and finds the body of Philly Mob boss Dominic
Scarlotti dead as a doornail in the trunk of his car.
Now his biggest concern is staying alive long enough to
find out who set him up. And to do so, he'll have to outwit
and outlast a mobster with a grudge, an Assistant U.S.
Attorney with a chip on his shoulder, and two international
arms dealers-not to mention a gorgeous investigative
journalist whom he's falling in love with.
The novels of Timothy Watts have been compared to those of
Elmore Leonard, Jim Thompson, Donald Westlake and James
Crumley, but this modern noir story is in a class by
itself. Fueled by muscular prose, dead-on dialogue, a cast
of unforgettable dishonorable characters, and enough double-
crossing to keep your head spinning, Grand Theft marks the
return of a master.