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Lifted (Kindle Single) by [Ratliff, Evan]
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Lifted demonstrates that Wired and New Yorker writer Evan Ratliff understands the two cornerstones of successful crime writing. First, choose criminals who can plan and carry off a narrative--that of their intended crime--with at least as much savvy as the writer himself. (Or herself: Think Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Donna Tartt.) Then, for nonfiction at least, just stick to the facts. To its immense credit, Lifted does exactly both. In telling the true story of this audacious Swedish bank heist of September 23, 2009, Ratliff metes out the known details with the subtly suspenseful mastery of a seasoned mystery/thriller writer. Featuring a motley cast on both sides of the law, the result is a gripping, seat's-edge thriller. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 214 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: The Atavist (January 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1F9KG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Robert Woolsey on January 27, 2011
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Ratliff does a great job turning just the story and facts of a Swedish bank heist into an incredibly engaging and suspenseful thriller. If I hadn't read the description, I probably never would have guessed this was actually a work of non-fiction. And to me, that's how you mark a great book in this sort of genre.

It was definitely thoroughly researched, and the narrative is well pieced together. There's even a photograph of some of the buildings, characters, and scenery at the end of every chapter. This was definitely a nice touch, and you'll appreciate actually being able to see things like the roof of the bank where the heist took place.

As far as reading time, it took me about an hour at a pretty leisurely pace, and I'm not a fast reader. I think this was a great length though for this story. It's certainly a page turner, but it wouldn't have hurt to have more detail in a few places. You'll enjoy it if you're looking for a good, engrossing short read.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this "single". It was very well researched and written. This format was just the right length for this story. I think that if he had tried to "flesh it out" to the length of a novel, it would have been watered down and boring.
Thanks, Amazon, for the new Kindle Singles. I will be reading more of them.
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The Kindle Singles format is arguably the best thing Amazon has introduced for Kindle owners since the Kindle itself. Ratliff takes full advantage of it in a tight article that is just the right length for the story it tells.

Ratliff has Michael Lewis's ability to take a non-fiction story and make it play like a Hollywood movie, in this case Ocean's 11 (except good). If this heist hadn't actually happened, you wouldn't have believed it could but Ratliff takes you right there.

This and the imagination of Steig Larsson make you wonder what on earth goes on in Sweden.
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A great read. The Kindle Single format is perfect. The story reads like an exceptional long Rolling Stone article. I'll be reading more of these Singles. highly recommended!
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I really enjoyed this story. Fast moving action with just enough detail on the heist and the criminals. Obviously well-researched. Very nice job by the author.

I like the Kindle Singles format a lot.
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This is "Kindle Single" at it's finest. Extremely well researched and written, the author takes you on a fast paced journey through an incredible crime. While there is never a dull moment, there is also no stone left unturned. Similar to one of the better articles from the "New Yorker", the Single format allows the author to explore beyond what a typical magazine piece would allow. At the same time, there is no compulsion to add enough filler for a proper book.

I look forward to more Singles from Mr. Ratliff.
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This was perfect for a long bus ride. Exciting and organized, it did a great job at telling the story.
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Evan Ratliff crafts a quality real life short-story about a strategic heist. This is the sort of story that serves as the basis for a cheesy Jason Statham or Steven Seagal movie except the fact it really happened. It's simple, intriguing and straight to the point. For the cost of a bottled water this a great deal and one of my favorite Kindle Singles about crime going sideways.
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