The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

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"An impressive, very funny debut novel . . . featuring Charlie Howard, who is the very model of a modern master criminal." -The Raleigh News & Observer

Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living, about an intrepid burglar named Faulks. To supplement his income---and to keep his hand in---Charlie also has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission.

When a mysterious American offers to pay Charlie 20,000 euros if he steals two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; he doesn't know how the American found him, and the job seems too good to be true. And, of course, it is. Although the burglary goes off without a hitch, when he goes to deliver the monkeys he finds that the American has been beaten to near-death, and that the third figurine is missing.

Back in London, his long-suffering literary agent, Victoria (who is naive enough to believe he actually looks like his jacket photo), tries to talk him through the plot problems in both his latest manuscript and his real life---but Charlie soon finds himself caught up in a caper reminiscent of a Cary Grant movie, involving safe-deposit boxes, menacing characters, and, of course, a beautiful damsel in distress.

Publishers Weekly called Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam one of the "best books for grownups."

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780312570828
9780312376338
Branch Call Number: EWA
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 22 cm

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Feb 02, 2016

This book was somewhat amusing, but not quite my favorite type of mystery. I found the plot overly complicated, the denouement unlikely. Why would the other characters in this story assemble to hear Charlie Howard's, "You're wondering why I asked you all here today..." explanation, which had several "Well that was my original theory, but then I thought..."? However, the setting in Amsterdam was interesting and the writing style and descriptions were good. His editor, Victoria, seemed to have more common sense than Charlie. It was a fun, light read.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

This is a fun, fast-moving mystery. The main character Charlie is not only a mystery writer; he is also a thief which provides him with insight as to how the criminal mind works. There are lots of twists and laughs in this book. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

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DanniOcean Dec 21, 2009

Meet Charlie Howard, the newest writer on the block who researches his mystery novels in a most unique way - he commits crime.

Not murder, of course. No Charlie has a talent and an addiction to burglary...

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