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Chris Ewan is the award-winning author of The Good Thief's Guide to... series of mystery novels. His debut, The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and is published in 10 countries, and Amsterdam, Paris and Vegas have all been shortlisted for CrimeFest's Last Laugh Award. Born in Taunton in 1976, he now lives in the Isle of Man with his wife, Jo.
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This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of teenagers who set each other dares on “Hop-tu-naa”, the Isle of Man Hallowe’en. Then a prank goes badly wrong and one ends up in prison. Six years later our protagonist, Claire, is a police officer. Now the story starts to contain letters of vengeance and the body count mounts. Throughout the tale there is a feeling of menace that builds to an obvious climax. This is easy-read stuff; good escapism. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of teenagers who set each other dares on “Hop-tu-naa”, the Isle of Man Hallowe’en. Then a prank goes badly wrong and one ends up in prison. Six years later our protagonist, Claire, is a police officer. Now the story starts to contain letters of vengeance and the body count mounts. Throughout the tale there is a feeling of menace that builds to an obvious climax. This is easy-read stuff; good escapism.
Daniel Trent is a highly trained specialist in hostage negotiations so when his wife disappears he assumes she has been kidnapped and goes out to find her. When his suspect is abducted he’s in big trouble. Full of surprises, especially at the end, this is suspenseful stuff.
August 2013 Book of the Month. Another hugely enjoyable, explosive ‘race against time’ thriller from the author of Safe House. Hostage negotiation specialist Daniel Trent has a highly personal mission as he hunts for his missing, presumed kidnapped, fiancée and he is prepared to do pretty much anything to get her back.The story in Dead Line moves at such a pace and has so many cliff-hanger moments that, as a reader, you sometimes need to remember to breathe!
Shortlisted for the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. This 'edge of the seat' psychological thriller was a no.1 bestseller when it was released in kindle format on Christmas day and it is easy to see why. Fast-paced, full of twists and turns, it will keep you engrossed and guessing what is really going on. After a motorcycle crash Rob Hale’s memories seem to be all mixed up, where is Lena, a woman he is sure he has just met? - and why does she bear a striking resemblance to his dead sister? For fans of S. J. Watson and Stuart Neville this modern take on the classic British thriller shouldn’t be missed. Look out for Chris Ewan's new ‘race against time’ thriller, Dead Line, which is published in August 2013.
This is such fun, a good, light-hearted caper of theft and skulduggery introducing us to a memorable anti-hero, one Charlie Howard, writer and thief. He is asked to steal two plaster monkeys and straightaway the fun begins. Sadly the explanation of the crimes at the end is a tad drawn out – almost Poirot style – but it’s certainly the most enormous fun getting there.Comparison: Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Brookmyre, Chris Haslam.
Charlie Howard-globe-trotting mystery writer, professional thief, and poor decision maker-is in Paris. Flush with the success of his latest book reading, Charlie agrees to show a complete novice how to break into an apartment in the Marais. Fast-forward twenty-four hours and Charlie's hired to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting-from the exact same address. Mere coincidence? Charlie figures there's no harm in finding out-until a dead body turns up in his living room and he finds himself evading the law while becoming caught up in a quite outrageous heist. And that's before Charlie's literary agent, Victoria, finally decides that they should meet face to face. Nobody ever said a life of suspense was ever easy, but Charlie, the most disarmingly charming burglar since Cary Grant in It Takes a Thief, soon finds things are getting way out of control.
After a particularly bad streak of luck in Vegas, Charlie has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie's agent Victoria shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme fatale burglar. Blackmailed into committing a dastardly crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into yet another adventure, this one even more explosive than the last.
Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one.In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first, he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead, and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realize how costly a mistake he might have made.The police think he killed the American. Others think he knows the whereabouts of the elusive third monkey. But for Charlie only three things matter. Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And can he solve the gaping plot hole in his latest novel?
Charlie Howard, gentleman thief and famous crime-writer, has gone straight. But holing himself up in a crumbling palazzo in Venice in an attempt to concentrate on his next novel hasn't got rid of the itch in his fingers. And to make matters worse, a striking Italian beauty has just broken into his apartment and made off with his most prized possession, leaving a puzzling calling card in its place.It looks as though kicking the habit of a lifetime will be much more of a challenge than Charlie thought. Sneaking out into Venice's maze of murky canals, and trying not to relish being back on the job too much, Charlie's efforts to be reunited with his treasured first-edition of The Maltese Falconquickly embroil him in a plot that is far bigger and more explosive than he could ever have imagined. But by the time he finds himself bundling his first ever hostage into a trunk on a speedboat and on the run from the poliziahe has to admit that he is in way too deep.