The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

Good Thief's Guide (Volume 1 of 5)

Chris Ewan

Minotaur Books

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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."

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The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
ONE"I want you to steal something for me."It wasn't the first time I'd heard those words, though usually the person saying them liked to warm up to it first. Not the American. He got straight to the point, casual as you like. If I was a lesser writer, I'd tell you it set alarm bells ringing inside my head or that a chill ran down my spine. In truth, it just made me listen a little harder."You've made a mistake," I told him. "I'm a writer, not a burglar.""Some writer. I've been following your work. You're good.

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 “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


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Chris Ewan

CHRIS EWAN is a lawyer specializing in the film industry. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, his debut novel, was recommended as one of the “books for grownups” by the editors of Publishers Weekly and AARP The Magazine. He lives on the Isle of Man.

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The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
Chris Ewan

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2009
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ISBN: 9780312570828
ISBN10: 0312570821
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$16.99

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Minotaur Books
November 2007
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ISBN: 9781429968683
ISBN10: 1429968680
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