Old Habits by Christopher Taylor
Approx. 95,380 words.
Published on July 10, 2011.
A theif and street survivor named Stoce is hired to steal the Agrandon gems. Soon after, he loses the gems and finds himself running from assassins because the local crime lord thinks he's trying to keep the gems.
Chasing the gems down, Stoce finds himself tangled in a plot in a distant country to take control of the baron's castle, a plot only he can foil, a plot which may cost his life.