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Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
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Jul 07, 10

Read in July, 2010

A summer "Readers Choice" book from the local library. The back cover made me think it was going to be much better than it ended up it was. It was just so-so.

But it wasn't bad. Martin is a thief, an OCD thief who meticulously goes through his "clients" homes and takes things they wont' miss - a roll of tp here, some vegetables there. Every once in a while he snatches a silver tray and sells it on ebay. But he's a good guy. A weird guy, but nice enough. I just couldn't figure out why he kept stealing and the writer devoted SO many pages to Martin's research of people's homes I wanted to bang my head in a drawer.

The story picks up when Martin begins to do nice things for the people he's stealing from - telling a husband to send his sad wife flowers, saving a surprise party, warding off a sexual assailant. I love the premise, but Amelie did it way better. Sorry, Martin.

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