The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

Book - 2007
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Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income--and keep his hand in--Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is: He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared. Back in London, his 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 in 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 a beautiful damsel in distress.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007.
ISBN: 9780312570828
0312570821
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 21 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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