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The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan
  

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

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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.

If you like Chris Ewan you might also like to read books by James Oswald, Peter May and Dylan Lawson.

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Synopsis

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan

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 realise 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 briefcase-shaped plot-hole in his latest novel?

Reviews

This [is an] impressive debut, a comic whodunit. . . . Howard is a fresh, irreverent creation who will make readers eager for his next exploit.

-- Publishers Weekly

(starred review) Charlie is agreeable company, producing that stream of witty patter that seems quintessentially British as he narrates his own skilled thievery and flights of quick thought . . . seeing the pieces fly together at the end without a single missing bit is pretty fun. -- Houston

Chronicle

Ewan's droll, funny, noirish style, cleverly drawn central character, and great descriptions of locale will make this a popular new series. -- Library Journal


About the Author

Chris Ewan

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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Publication date

7th April 2008

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Chris Ewan

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9781847391278

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