The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

Good Thief's Guide (Volume 1 of 5)

Chris Ewan

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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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Chris Ewan, who lives on the Isle of Man, began his crime-writing career with The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, which was called one the "best books for grownups" by Publishers Weekly and AARP The Magazine, and one of the best thrillers of the year by the London Times. The Huffington Post also named Ewan one of America's favorite British authors in a readers' poll. He is the author of the Good Thief novels and the stand-alone thriller, Safe House.

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CHRIS EWAN is a lawyer on the Isle of Man. His first novel, The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, was hailed as one of the best "books for grownups" by the editors of Publishers Weekly and AARP The Magazine.  

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The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
Chris Ewan

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2007
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ISBN: 9781429968683
ISBN10: 1429968680
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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