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Product Details

  • Series: Good Thief's Guides (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition first Printing edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250002974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250002976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A burglary assignment brokered by Charlie Howard's agent, Victoria Newbury, proves much more trouble than it's worth in Ewan's outstanding fifth Good Thief's Guide mystery (after 2011's The Good Thief's Guide to Venice). A representative of the British embassy in Berlin offers the professional thief a tidy sum to break into the homes of four people in search of something that the embassy official won't describe (You'll recognize it when you see it ). The first apartment Charlie burgles has nothing of obvious value, but before leaving, he glances out the window and sees a murder in progress across the way. Torn between doing the right thing and self-preservation, he calls the crime into the police and watches as they enter the building and emerge without corpse or killer. Meanwhile, his search for the McGuffin attracts the attention of certain parties who aren't hesitant to use violence. Ewan perfectly blends tension and humor in a neatly constructed plot. Agent: Valerie Borchardt, Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. (Aug.)

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Thief and mystery writer Charlie Howard is enjoying Berlin, mainly because there’s so much to steal, which keeps his mind off the problems he’s having with his latest book. Then things get dicey. The British Foreign Office requires Charlie’s expertise to break into the homes of four embassy employees suspected of stealing a sensitive item—so sensitive that Charlie’s contact won’t tell him what he’s supposed to look for. Throw in a Rear Window angle when Charlie, on the job, sees a murder being committed in the apartment across the street, and you have more than enough to keep a blocked writer away from his desk. Ah, but there’s more. Charlie’s simmering relationship with his fetching agent, Victoria, heats up this time, both romantically and ethically, as Victoria, always titillated by Charlie’s thieving, becomes embroiled in the action, prompting crises of conscience on multiple fronts. As usual, Ewan keeps the action and the humor cantering along at a comfortably swift pace, but this time there’s a startling finale that will have fans craving more. For everyone who misses Lawrence Block’s equally “good” and amusing thief Bernie Rhodenbarr, Charlie is the ideal stand-in. --Bill Ott

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Which makes him more believable and likeable as a character.
SabineL-B
There are quite a few to be found in The Good Thief's Guide To Berlin, another masterful blend of mirth and mystery in Chris Ewan's Good Thief series.
Gail Cooke
It had action, great characters, twists and turns in the plot, and lots of intrigue!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SabineL-B on March 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
For many reasons I've been a fan of the Good Thief's Guide series about the crime writer and gentleman thief Charlie Howard ever since I read TGTGT Paris about three years ago.

Charlie Howard is not at all like those James-Bond-I-can-do-everything-kind-of-heroes who are brilliant at everything, know everything, never need any help and are never afraid. Charlie makes mistakes, is vulnerable, has a lot of self-doubts and would be totally lost without his best friend and literary agent Victoria; in other words: He's a guy who is only slowly growing into a part he's not really made out for. Which makes him more believable and likeable as a character.

Each book in the series is set in a different city and Charlie's Paris and Berlin adventures are proof enough for me that Chris Ewan has the IMHO rare talent to recreate each city's special atmosphere, because I know both cities myself.

As for the plot, well, always be prepared for an intriguing story, a lot of suspense, many hilarious moments, unexpected plot twists and superb wittiness.

In his Berlin adventure Charlie is asked by a representative of Her Majesty's Government to retrieve an item that had been stolen from the British Embassy in Berlin. He is given the addresses of the four likely suspects' homes. However, Charlie is not told what said item looks like, only that he will know as soon as he sees it. What follows is an eventful and exciting search in a wonderfully described Berlin for an item not only the British have an interest in; a fact which poses a threat to Charlie's and Victoria's safety.

I would like to say more, but that would mean to give away too much. So I just say that like the others in the series, TGTGT Berlin is a fantastic and absolutely unputdownable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Selby on August 31, 2013
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I found the conclusion a little unfair to the reader. I will not say why, since I don't really want to discourage someone from reading the book. I have read all of Chris Ewan's Good Thief's books and this one's conclusion was a little disappointing. However, it leaves me wondering what will happen next. Still a joyful read for a rainy day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Like some smiles in your mystery? There are quite a few to be found in The Good Thief's Guide To Berlin, another masterful blend of mirth and mystery in Chris Ewan's Good Thief series. Seldom has a fellow with such a distinctly larcenous bent been as likable as novelist/thief Charlie Howard. He's self-effacing (always good for a chuckle), clever and ofttimes foolhardy - this time in rainy Berlin.

The Good Thief series not only boasts intriguing characters but painterly descriptions of settings, witty aside to cover almost any situation, and well honed plots. Now, Charlie has one guiding principle - "Don't Get Caught." Plus, he has a list of rules such as he doesn't leave a mess after breaking in, doesn't steal anything of sentimental value, etc. And this time out he needs to add a new rule - "Don't admire the view."

At the behest of his agent, Victoria Newbury, Charlie is supposed to be working on his next novel. Instead he's taken on a new client, in part because he believes he's doing a service for the British government. This is a rather complex case - a British embassy representative is offering him a tidy sum to retrieve something that he's unable to describe, simply saying
You'll know it when you see it." Charlie is supposed to search the homes of four people, each of whom may have the valued object.

The first apartment he enters seems to hold nothing of value. But as Charlie was in the habit of smoking and staring out a window when he "was feeling thoroughly vexed" he almost did just that save for the fact that he never smoked inside a place he had broken into. So he simply stared out a window and saw a murder being committed across the way. What to do?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LH19 on September 14, 2013
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Great story and a quick and entertaining read. I Can't wait for the next one! I'm hoping for Rio de Janeiro.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RADIO CHICK on June 28, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It's a mix of mystery and humour set in Berlin. You really get a sense of East meets West post the wall coming down, and with all the twists and turns you are kept guessing right to the end. I look forward to reading more of these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryann on May 18, 2013
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An enjoyable action mystery read for all ages. Very easy reading. A great series which can be read in any order. I hope there will be more soon.
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Written in a fun voice (rounded up, think 3 1/2 stars is better rating), with laughs and a quality plot that has an unique and kind of a moral dilemma ending! I am not the type of person who reads mystery books to find out who did it before the author plainly tells me, I want to be entertained by the writing and location (preferably Europe) which this book did on both counts. Berlin is a big part of the book but does not outshine the main character, who has an anti-hero feel and pokes fun at himself and his foils with one-liners. This is the first book in the series (chosen because of location) I have read, and I will probably get the Paris book but skip Vegas and Venice ones because I am not sure the main character alone sells the series for me? I believe this series has the potential to rate along Iain Pears' art historian Jonathan Argyll series, but still has a way to go to reach that lofty perch IMO.
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More About the Author

Chris Ewan is an award-winning British author of eight novels. His popular series of mysteries about globetrotting thief-for-hire, Charlie Howard, include THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO PARIS, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VEGAS, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VENICE and THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO BERLIN. Chris has also written the standalone thrillers, SAFE HOUSE and DEAD LINE. Chris's latest standalone thriller, DARK TIDES, will be published in the UK by Faber & Faber in October 2014.

THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 13 countries. SAFE HOUSE has been a major bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. In 2011, Chris was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll.

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with 1st Class Honours in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife, daughter and labrador, where he writes full time.

Find out more at www.chrisewan.com. You can also get in touch with Chris on Twitter @chrisewan or email him at chrisewan@gmail.com

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