The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam (Good Thief's Guide #1)
Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income—and keep his hand in—Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission.
When a mysteri...more
The main character- Charlie- is a crime-fiction author, who also happens to moonlight as a thief. He's somehow embroiled in this elaborate, and invariably messy, burglary where everything goes wrong. The thing about...more
Charlie Howard is a suspense writer. He is also a thief. Charlie is approached by an American who offers him 20,000 euros to steal to monkey figurines from two different men on the same night. Charlie declines but, liking a challenge, decides to go ahead. He finds the first monkey but is interrupted by another, less subtle burglar, while looking for the second. When he returns to the American, he finds him beaten and near death. Charlie is a...more
One thing was odd to me - the use of the word 'stood' instead of 'standing' or whatever. It was a little jarring each time it appeared. Is this a British thing that I am just not used to?
I liked what one reviewer said: Rob Kitchin - "The Good T...more
Chris Ewan's hero is Charlie Howard, an author of mysteries and s...more
A couple of months ago I attended a day-long writing conference. It was a series of workshops featuring a multitude of themes; most sessions featured writing prompts that we responded to and then read our writing aloud.
There was this thing I noticed from fellow participants who w...more
There is also a distress...more
It was an unusual premise for a book( see flyleaf precis) but the story moved long well a with some real page turning sections. There was a good plot with more twists and turns than you would expect and I doubt that you would fathom the solution before it is revealed.
My only reserve on this was that the solving of one of the main points seems to have relie...more
But nostalgia aside, The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam is a quick, entertaining read. It's intended to be humorous, though I'm assuming the humor is as British as the main character...more
The book could be titled, "The Three Monkeys." You know the trio: Hear no evil; see no evil; speak no evil. That is what Charlie is asked to steal. Things get complicated with a strange blonde, a decade old diamond caper and series of burglaries that...more
Chris’ debut novel, THE GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM, won the Long Barn Books First Novel Competition and is published in paperback by Simon and Schuster. THE GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO PARIS, is due to be published in the UK in February 2009 and in the US in November 2008.