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Bruce Arrujo is a law school graduate recently hired by Boston's largest firm. He is also an ex-art thief. The reason for his career change? Boston's red-hot real estate market is crashing, and Bruce figures his firm's institutional clients won't notice if a few million dollars is siphoned away during the resulting chaos. But the police definitely notice when the Gardner M Bruce Arrujo is a law school graduate recently hired by Boston's largest firm. He is also an ex-art thief. The reason for his career change? Boston's red-hot real estate market is crashing, and Bruce figures his firm's institutional clients won't notice if a few million dollars is siphoned away during the resulting chaos. But the police definitely notice when the Gardner Museum of Art is robbed of $200 million in art. And Bruce can't help but notice when a stunning Harvard law student takes a curious interest in his cases. At stake? Millions of dollars. A lifetime in jail. The love of his life. Set in Boston during the early 1990s. Based on true events.


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Bruce Arrujo is a law school graduate recently hired by Boston's largest firm. He is also an ex-art thief. The reason for his career change? Boston's red-hot real estate market is crashing, and Bruce figures his firm's institutional clients won't notice if a few million dollars is siphoned away during the resulting chaos. But the police definitely notice when the Gardner M Bruce Arrujo is a law school graduate recently hired by Boston's largest firm. He is also an ex-art thief. The reason for his career change? Boston's red-hot real estate market is crashing, and Bruce figures his firm's institutional clients won't notice if a few million dollars is siphoned away during the resulting chaos. But the police definitely notice when the Gardner Museum of Art is robbed of $200 million in art. And Bruce can't help but notice when a stunning Harvard law student takes a curious interest in his cases. At stake? Millions of dollars. A lifetime in jail. The love of his life. Set in Boston during the early 1990s. Based on true events.

30 review for Unlawful Deeds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alan Medcalf

    In the realm of crime/legal/mystery stories there are many sub-genres, most of them revolving around murder, drugs etc. However, there is another sub-genre with fairly sparse population – stories around a central theme of finance, insurance, or in this case, real estate. This is story of opportunistic skulduggery and legal machinations set against the context of real estate dealings in a falling market in a large city. The unusual context, multiple interwoven plot lines and diverse, although som In the realm of crime/legal/mystery stories there are many sub-genres, most of them revolving around murder, drugs etc. However, there is another sub-genre with fairly sparse population – stories around a central theme of finance, insurance, or in this case, real estate. This is story of opportunistic skulduggery and legal machinations set against the context of real estate dealings in a falling market in a large city. The unusual context, multiple interwoven plot lines and diverse, although somewhat stereotypical, characters makes this a highly entertaining read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyce caruap

    Errors Gardner museum, not victoria mansion but Italian villa of pink marble dismantled shipped to Boston and rebuilt .There were real guards on duty, not students. Too much legalese, too much banking gibberish to keep me interested! Could have kept that simple for us simple people !

  3. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Slow start trying to figure it out, it doesn’t come easy. Not a page turner but still interesting characters with a lot of sides. The story builds off of one Bruce Arrujo the lawyer, and he reveals himself as time goes on. He interacts with Pierre, but Brody doesn’t make Pierre very smart or intuitive, rather a low IQ guy. 4

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Ahroni

    Get a spreadsheet None of the characters are very likeable. It’s a slog to read through all this. There’s way too much details about real estate transactions. You may need a spreadsheet to keep track of it all. The long con is so complex it’s unbelievable. I love Boston, but I didn’t love this novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Barth, CFa

    Rotten Endingi The author should have slowed down to an ending about seventy-five percent in. After that he became too obsessed with the sea analogies and though the main character was immoral as well as criminal he didn't have to become unhinged in his greed, Sorry he didn't go to prison. Abrupt, irrational endings don't sit well with me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Ewing

    This an Exciting Read From Start to Finish After a few pages I realized that this book was going to take twist and turns I had no idea would be coming. This is a very interesting story that kept me intrigued all the way to the end. Then I was surprised by the ending. GREAT READ!

  7. 5 out of 5

    suzanne jacobson

    Page turner From the first to the last page this book does not disappoint. Complex characters and a more than complex plot with more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Worth all five stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James N Fulton, Jr.

    A really good story This is reminiscent of a Grisham book with it's lawyer background. The story was compelling and the characters were relatable. Human weaknesses are what make people and a story interesting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Weiping Yin

    Well written author did a good study and research. Characters and events are all vivid and convincing. The bankers, the brokers, the lawyers, the buyers, politic opportunists, ... ... author lived as one of them. It was not one party, one factor that resulted housing crisis.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Susan J Bociek

    Complex and entertaining Great story with loads of interesting characters. Plenty of twists in this tale of greed and quite a few surprises. Some of the legal stuff was a bit technical! Overall a cracking book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ulanda Forbess

    Good read Enjoyed the book. Good storyline and suspense. Recommended. A few typos and word choice errors in the text, but if you can overlook those, the author presents a good story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cristina L. Vatter

    I felt this book was slow to start, so I put it down for a few weeks, read something else and then came back to it. I'm glad I did. The characters were complex and the author does a great job in connecting all the dots. Nice little twist at the end too!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Warren

    Twists An interesting tale that has several twists. Not so many that you get lost, though. Character development is a bit slow, yet still keeps you interested.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chu-Salyer Sharon

    Excellent book about real estate, lots of ups and downs, happy ending;

  15. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Excellent This book kept me awake all night. Very well constructed full of legal possibilities. Really good to read very exciting and the truth always comes up

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    It's a little convoluted and there are so many flawed characters. Would loved to have seen Pierres reunion with his family, which would have at least brightened the story up

  17. 5 out of 5

    Don Vert

    Excellent Love a story line that keeps me interested. Great characters and learned a bit about real estate purchases. Well done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J Scot

    Good read. A little to technical on the real estate details, but a good keeps you guessing to the end type of read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charnell Havens

    Exciting, entertaining, good plot, well written. What else is there? (By the way, I found myself secretly rooting for Bruce!)

  20. 5 out of 5

    BonusMom

    Good mystery This is a very good mystery that almost makes you like the lawyer .. almost. Good story with a good ending.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Compelling read I like legal thrillers. This one is a perfect summer read. Something to ponder watching the ocean hit the shore.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    As good as Grisham I can’t believe that I read this book for free. It is well written and the characters are nicely developed. Lots of plot twists keep you turning the pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Don Glass

    Brilliant! Excellent plot and very believable characters. Exceedingly well woven together using real headline issues of the early 1990's as the setting. Clever and seductive!

  24. 5 out of 5

    RonMele

    Good Read Enjoyed the book though I thought it got bogged down a bit in all the real estate transactions, etc. Too many, perhaps? Looking forward to reading another of the author’s books, though.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Holter

  26. 4 out of 5

    S Cunningham

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ron Behrens

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steve Brown

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jean Gothard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judith T. Bean

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