The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan
(Good Thief's Guides)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 11 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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."


 

About Chris Ewan

See more books from this Author
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.
 
Published November 13, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 243 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Romance. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Though she has changed her long blond hair to a short dark bob, Charlie recognizes the hot criminal right away, and their sexual chemistry adds a layer of complexity to their meeting and subsequent involvement.

Aug 11 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

When Charlie attempts to rescue Victoria, the two of them are nabbed by a pair of comically identical hotel detectives convinced that they’re accomplices of the larcenous, and inconveniently missing, Masters.

| Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

This impressive debut, a comic whodunit from British entertainment lawyer Ewan, owes much of its charm and success to its compelling antihero, Charles Howard. An established author of mysteries fea

Sep 24 2007 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Narrator Simon Vance shines in this audio version of the comic whodunit that spawned Ewan’s popular the Good Thief’s Guide series. By day, Charles Howard is a successful mystery writer. But at night h

Aug 29 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Charlie Howard, the self-mocking narrator of Ewan's Good Thief Guide series who's both a mystery writer and smallscale thief, once again shows he's not terribly good at either in his diverting third outing (after 2008's The Good Thief's Guide to Paris).

May 31 2010 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

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 ).

Aug 11 2008 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Now a resident of Venice, thief and mystery author Charlie Howard promises his long-suffering literary agent, Victoria Newbury, that he'll devote himself professionally only to his Michael Faulks burglar novels in Ewan's hilarious yet suspenseful fourth caper novel (after 2010's The Good Thief's ...

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Suddenly, Howard is a suspect in the brutal attack and must use all his talents to clear his name and solve the mystery of the monkey figurines.

Aug 29 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Reviewing the Evidence

First-time author Chris Ewan has woven a masterful tale of intrigue that takes full advantage of its European setting while charming his readers with a witty main character, Charlie Howard.

| Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Open Letters Monthly

The series meshes two standby gimmicks of the genre: Charlie is not only a sleuth-as-thief, he’s also a sleuth-as-mystery-writer, and in the latest instalment he’s been in Venice for about a year, resolutely turning his back on the criminal half of his past, working every day (under his framed-fo...

Jan 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Monsters and Critics

When approached by an American asking him to steal some worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night, Charlie initially says no.

Feb 10 2008 | Read Full Review of The Good Thief's Guide to Ams...

Reader Rating for The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
71%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 58 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×