The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

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Enjoying a thieving spree from his new home in Berlin, part-time writer Charlie Howard is summoned by Her Majesty's Government to recover a sensitive item allegedly stolen by four embassy employees.

McMillan Palgrave

You can't keep a good thief down . . . Charlie Howard is back and robbing the city of Berlin blind, until he witnesses a murder being committed right before his eyes

Charlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin, Germany. He's supposed to be working on his next novel. But high rent and a love for thrill-seeking has been hard on his word count.

But Charlie's larcenous binge is interrupted by the call to duty—on behalf of Her Majesty's Government. Four embassy employees are suspected of stealing a sensitive item. Charlie is to break into their homes, find the culprit and recover the stolen property. But there's a catch. The item is so sensitive, Charlie isn't told what he's looking for. Not its size, not its weight, nothing. He's only told that he'll recognize it when he sees it.

Charlie has been a successful thief because he follows his own rules, the first being "Don't get caught." Well, after he enters the first suspect's home, he has to add a new rule: "Don't admire the view." As Charlie stares across the street, he sees something he really wishes he hadn't—a woman being murdered. And that's just for starters. What follows is a wild adventure in the former cauldron of spies.

With The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin, Chris Ewan shows why he was voted as one of America's favorite British authors by a Huffington Post poll. Clever and wildly entertaining, this is a mystery series that is "big fun" (The Seattle Times).



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Enjoying a thieving spree from his new home in Berlin, part-time writer Charlie Howard is summoned by Her Majesty's Government to recover a sensitive item allegedly stolen by four embassy employees, an assignment that is complicated by his witness to a murder. By the author of The Good Thief's Guide to Venice. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250002976
Branch Call Number: FIC EWA
Characteristics: 327 p. ;,22 cm.

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athena14
Mar 01, 2015

A bird named Buster steals the show!

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shapjul
Nov 16, 2013

I'm afraid this series has exceeded its natural lifespan. I liked the first several (to the extent I can recall them.) But this one is really not good at all. Quite a burden if you are intent on finishing what you start.

If you like thief-narrators, I'd suggest Crashed--it's a much better book--and Junior Bender is a more interesting protagonist.

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