The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam (Good Thief's Guide, #1)
“An impressive, very funny debut novel . . . featuring Charlie Howard, who is the very model of a modern master criminal.” —The Raleigh News & ObserverCharlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living, about an intrepid burglar named Faulks. To supplement his income---and to... show more
“An impressive, very funny debut novel . . . featuring Charlie Howard, who is the very model of a modern master criminal.” —The Raleigh News & ObserverCharlie 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."
Publish date: April 28th 2009
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
Series: Good Thief's Guide (#1)
bookshelves: summer-2013, published-2007, mystery-thriller, amusing, picaresque, dutch Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Renee Read from July 28 to 31, 2013 Read by Simon VanceThanks Renee. I have the Paris one too!:O)Raffles is the Gentleman Thief, and here we have arthritic Charlie, the fiction-wri...
Read by Simon VanceThanks Renee. I have the Paris one too!:O)Raffles is the Gentleman Thief, and here we have arthritic Charlie, the fiction-writer thief. It works; instantly engaging.BLURB: This impressive debut, a comic whodunit from British entertainment lawyer Ewan, owes much of its charm and s...
If Chris Ewan was an architect, his philosophy wouldn't be "less is more", Corbusier is he not. His buildings would probably be of Richard Roger's intricate steel structures. His detective story sure is. Well, probably not that complicated but I can see how he revels in plots & details, there's a co...
Charlie Howard writes books about thieves and suspense. He's also a thief himself. Approached by a man who wants him to steal three monkey figurines of little apparent value, but the theft must occur in a certain time frame. Charlie decides, against his better judgment (the money's really good,) ...
Whenever I travel, I try to read a book before hand that has something to do with that locale. This summer I traveled to the Netherlands and picked 2 books to read - Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (great story but has almost nothing to do with Amsterdam) and The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam. This is t...