From Publishers Weekly
Charlie Howard, a crime writer who's also an international burglar, once again makes a funny, fast-talking narrator in Ewan's delightful second mystery (after 2007's The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
). Tipsy after a Parisian book signing, Charlie agrees to show a new acquaintance the basics of the trade by breaking into the man's own apartment. Trouble ensues when the apartment actually belongs to someone else. Charlie's fence commissions him the next day to break into the same apartment to steal an apparently worthless painting, and the apartment's real owner turns up dead in Charlie's apartment. Hiding in a Montmartre hotel, Charlie tries to save his skin while also placating his attractive agent, Victoria, who's arrived unannounced only to discover that the client she's grown so close to by phone looks nothing like the author photo he provided. That Charlie pens a memoir titled The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
adds a nice postmodern touch to a classic caper. (Nov.)
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*Starred Review* Mystery author and professional thief Charlie Howard is back in an all-new comic caper, this time set in the City of Lights. Having recently published a fake (but not really fake) memoir of a professional thief, Charlie is on the book circuit in Paris and falls in with a bohemian crowd living and working at the Paris Lights bookshop. He breaks into an apartment on a lark with a fan he met at a reading and the next day is offered a job to break into the same apartment. That might not have been so bad if the owner hadn’t turned up murdered in his apartment later that day. Charlie is on the run, trying to finish the job, get his money, keep his good name, and stay alive. This time, though, his ever-useful London agent, Victoria, is in Paris, and although she is not happy to discover Charlie’s lies, she is willing to help. Fast and funny, Ewan’s second offering in the Good Thief series is even better than the first, with more fully developed secondary characters and a tighter plot. Charlie and Victoria’s discussions of mystery stories and plotting problems in Charlie’s latest novel are just one of the reasons this series stands out from the crowd. --Jessica Moyer