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5 Best Thrilling Heist Books that are a Must-Read

An Elaborate scheme for a heist. A gang of misfits that have nothing to lose. A lone crook who is ready to risk it all. An irresistible plot where every page stops the breath. A plan that will follow you forever. The Heist Books.

Such is the nature of heist books that compel you to complete them before anything else. And where to find a list of these heist books? Well, we have gathered the 5 Best Heist books of all time that are irresistible. So let the games begin!

1. Six Of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Supernatural Mystery – Fantasy

Year Published: 2015

Whether you are a nerd who reads every book or a picker who reads popular books, you must be familiar with Six of Crows. That book, undoubtedly, is the king of all fantasy heist books of the time.

Six of Crows written by Leigh Bardugo is a Young Adult Fantasy Book that visualizes the heist story of one of its kind.

Ketterdam-inspired from Amsterdam is a heaving hub where you can buy anything and anyone with the right amount of money. A place where money is an antidote for every problem. In the streets of Ketterdam, a criminal mastermind named Kaz Brekker is offered a tremendous amount of money to pull off a heist. But there is a loophole, he can not pull off this heist alone.

The reason is, the place of the heist happens to be Fjerda, a military hub of the strongest people, both in strength and weapons.

So being a clever person, Kaz hires a team of misfits that will help him in making this heist a reality. And together, the six of them will rule the world of power and strength.

The six misfits include Kaz-the mastermind, Inej-the spy known as the Wraith, Nina-A Heartrender using her powers to survive this world, Jesper-A Sharpshooter who can not resist a wager, Matthias-A Fjerdan army person with a tragic present and an honoured past and Wylan-The gangs warranty to their insane amount of money.

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

Together, the six of them will pull off an impossible heist. But they will only succeed in this heist if they do not kill each other first.

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora

Author: Scott Lynch

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Year Published: 2016

The Lies of Locke Lamore appears in the second position in our list of best heist books. This book closely resembles the Six of Crows Book. This is because like the former, the latter also includes a gang of misfits as the main characters who are willing to risk everything.

The Lies of Locke Lamore written by Scott Lynch is a fantasy novel. The Elite con artists calling themselves the “Gentleman Bastards” loot the wealthy of the city of Camorr, based on late medieval Venice but an anonymous world.

The book switches between the present and the past (which are specified “Interludes”) in the life of Locke Lamora. Locke was an orphan taken in by the Thief Master and soon passed along to Chains because of his extraordinary skills and spoiling proficiency to get himself into trouble.

Chains has a small band of boys he is training to be gentlemen thieves-Gentlemen Bastards. He trains them to be gentlemen in every way: clothing, respectability, languages, speech patterns, schooling, etc. He also trains them to be extremely clever thieves, stealing from the wealthy nobles in their city of Camorr.

In the present, we meet Locke, Jean, Calo, Galdo, and their young apprentice Bug in the middle of their recent heist. They are trying to steal money out of a local Don and his wife by taking advantage of the things significant to them.

“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”“Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”

3. The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Genre: Fantasy

Year Published: 2017

Stop the Magician. Snatch the book. Protect destiny.

“Don’t start telling yourself stories about me, Esta. I’m not some knight in shining armor. I don’t have some hidden heart of gold. I’m a bastard, in every sense of the word.”

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell is a magical Fantasy book. It tells the story of Esta, a girl from New York having the ability to manipulate time and go in the past. She is raised to do a single task-steal a magical artifact from the sinister Order that created the Brink.

And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: travelling back to 1902 to steal an old book containing the enigmas of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it.

But Old New York is a destructive world ruled by fierce gangs and secret organizations, a world where the very atmosphere smells of magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to deceive everyone in the past.

4. White Cat

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

Year Published: 2010

Cassel is cursed. He belongs to a cursed family. And above all, he is cursed because he killed his best friend Lila several years ago. Her memory haunts him forever.

“”I hate that I love this. I hate that the adrenaline pumping through the roots of my body is filling me with giddy glee. I’m not a good person.”

White Cat by Holly Black is a New Adult Fantasy Novel. It describes the story of Cassel, the youngest son with a mother in prison for illegally emotionally working people, a dead father, a death-worker grandfather, and two older brothers who work for the nephew and current heir of one of the biggest crime families in the area. Cassel’s friend Lila was the daughter of the crime lord and another possible heir, but Cassel believes he killed her when they were fourteen.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what happened to Lila.

In his search for answers, he discovers a horrible conspiracy for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.

5. The Thief

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Genre: Folklore – Fairy Tales

Year Published: 2009

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is a Young Adult Fantasy Novel. It tells the life events of a boy named Gen (short for Eugenides) who was imprisoned for stealing the King’s seal. He is released from prison by the magus of the King of Sounis.

The magus, finds Gen to be terrible, uncouth, and insolent, but he values Gen’s skills as a thief.

Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything—or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king’s magus invites him on a mission to steal a legendary object, he’s in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own.

“I am a master of foolhardy plans.”

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