Chuck Hogan’s “Prince of Thieves” Is Adapted into “The Town”

BC Alumni and successful crime novelistHighly successful BC alum Chuck Hogan‘s resume gets a little longer this weekend as his novel about Boston bank robbers debuts on the silver screen. The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is the newest adaptation from Hogan’s work. Ben Affleck’s sure-to-be hit, The Town, is based on Hogan’s novel called The Prince of Thieves. The novel won the 2004 Hammett Prize given by the International Association of Crime Writers and was called one of the 10 best books of the year by Stephen King.

The Town follows Doug MacRay, one of a group of bank robbers from Boston’s grittiest streets. While Doug MacRay considers his attraction to Claire, the manager of a bank he robbed, an FBI agent and Claire herself are on his criminal trail. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 91% of critics have given The Town positive reviews. Claudia Puig from USA Today writes, “Though the narrative is a conventional one, the well-acted, suspenseful story deals in fascinatingly murky morality and mines intriguing material from a historic and complex city.”

Chuck Hogan has not forgotten his BC roots. Last year he returned to his alma mater to speak to budding novelists at the Arts Council’s Career Night. Hogan’s success is sure to keep coming; The Strain, the second novel in his collaboration with director Guillermo del Toro, is due out next year.

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