Well, as most of you have probably figured out by now the title of Heist Society 2 is going to be…
UNCOMMON CRIMINALS: a Heist Society novel
I really hope everyone likes it because, let me tell you, this was a doozie of a book to title. There is A LOT going on in this one and we (me, my agent, my publisher, etc) all wanted a title that captured the spirit and tone of the book without giving too much away because, like I said, doozie.
People always ask where titles come from and usually the answer is (honestly) some variation of “I don’t know. They just…appear.” And this one is no different. If I had to pinpoint one place, though, I’d say it actually comes from a line in the first book.
In the opening passages of Chapter 29, Kat thinks of Arturo Taccone “It didn’t matter that they were in one of the greatest restaurants in the world; he was still a common criminal. But then again, Kat realized, so was she.”
That was one of the lines/moments that always stuck with me from book 1, and as I got deeper and deeper into book 2, that line kept coming back to me as I thought about who Kat was and, most importantly, who Kat was becomming. When we first met her at Colgan, she was a recently-reformed thief, trying to go straight. Throughout Heist Society we got to see her fighting against her nature and her family, telling herself that this was her last job–she was out; done; finished.
But then, by the end, Kat has realized that she IS a thief. She is a great thief. And a great thief can still be a good person.
I don’t want to spoil too much about UNCOMMON CRIMINALS, and I’m not really sure what I do and do not have the green light to share, but I can say this: Kat has finally made her peace with the fact that she’s a criminal. But she’s not a common criminal–not by a long shot.
And that, my friends, is the true heart of book 2.
In US Stores June 21, 2011
EDITED TO ADD: go right here to read the book description.