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Picking the wrong pocket might prove fatal…

Nomadic pickpocket Wolfgang gets blackmailed into teaching his craft to the mysterious Lilith, a young woman with no aptitude whatsoever to become a pickpocket. Wolf figures the easiest way is to go with the flow and instruct Lilith in the art of emptying other people’s pockets, but even he could never foresee the dreadful
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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Pushdagger Publishing Limited (first published January 1st 2015)
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Amber Foxx
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of Martyn V. Halm’s many gifts as a writer is his ability to get inside the mind and heart of a protagonist who ought to be unsympathetic and to make the character’s experience so compelling that the reader roots for him. Wolfgang, narrator of this suspenseful tale, is professional pickpocket. He smokes heroin. He lives in his van with a pet rat. He’s not connected to a family or close friends and that’s how he wants it. Life is safer that way. A young man on the wrong side of the law, he ...more
Martin Mackay
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author as an Advanced Readers Copy.

Having read and enjoyed the authors other works (The Amsterdam Assassin Series) I was keen to read his other works.

This story focuses on a character who has previously featured in the AA series, Wolfgang the pickpocket. The story begins with Wolfgang having been seen by an aspiring student of his craft and we are then taken on an roller coaster of a ride.

At 220 pages it is a shorter read than the full length Katla novels
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Martyn Halm
Jul 16, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-these
As the author, of course I cannot rate or review my own work. What I can do is give you, the potential reader, some background information about In Pocket.

About twenty years ago, when I was working on what was to become Reprobate: A Katla Novel, I had a half-finished story on a busker who lived in a delivery van and pretended to be blind in order to rake in more money. As such, Wolfgang was the only one who saw a murder by assassin Katla Sieltjes, who promptly started hunting him down to shut
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John
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Wolf is a pickpocket. He's pretty good at it. He's also a loner. Maybe how Holden Caulfield would have turned out if he moved to Amsterdam and became a pickpocket. He lives and works on the fringes of the underworld, dealing with fences for stolen credit cards and doing occasional odd jobs for the more powerful members of the criminal element. Wolf prides himself on staying independent and not resorting to violence. He also dabbles in philosophy and heroin. Hey, it's Amsterdam.

Then Lilith comes
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Aswin Giri
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is curious about pickpocketing.
If you want to know about some of the pick pocketing tricks, this book is for you.
It was a very good book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I specifically liked the part where wolf taught Lilith. I always like to understand how an individual thinks and Wolf's character was spot-on. His character was well written in detail and it showed the amount of research that went into the book. I also liked the way the author kept the suspense. I was kept guessing till the end.
I felt that some of the
...more
Nurul Hanifah
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the author before the book's publication but it has slipped from my attention and I have only just recently getting around to read and finish it.

I'm late, yes, but here is what I thought of the book.

It tells the story of twenty-something Amsterdam dweller by the name Wolf who one day meets a mysterious woman. And so on, go check the book for complete description.

I didn't pay enough attention on the book details before diving in, and originally thought
...more
Kim Shoesmith
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hi, and firstly my thanks to the author, whom I wouldn't have been I. Touch with had I not been signed up with Goodreads.

When I first started to read this book, I didn't think I would like it, that it wasn't really my thing, I have to admit. But within about the first 80 pages it had been gripped. I love the way it flitted between the present and how he had got to that point. The author really seemed to understand the plight of the main character, and how he felt as the story unfolded. If he
...more
Andy Peloquin
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, that's right, I'm giving this a 5-star review!
First of all, I loved the fact that it's about a pickpocket. I'll read anything with a criminal as the protagonist, so that hooked me right off the bat.
The author gets into a lot of details about Amsterdam (the city that serves as the setting for the story), and it helps to fix an image of the world around you into your mind. He gives plenty of details to help you understand what life in Amsterdam for his character is like, but without giving
...more
Roberta Pearce
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know when you love a character so much that you’re afraid to read anything other than that character from the author? Well, silly as that is, that was my situation – I love the character of Katla Sieltjes of the Amsterdam Assassin Series, so was a bit nervous digging into Mr. Halm’s new novel.

I shouldn’t have worried. Mr. Halm crafts a dark and twisted story that wholly entertains. The opening scene finds the mortally wounded protagonist Wolf behind a dumpster. We are returned here
...more
Jen
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
I don’t normally read novels, but found this one short enough (such that it is not a tough or long-drawn read) yet long enough to capture the essence of the story. It captivated me and I could not have expected the ending to be the way it was! I got interested in this book as I was interested in reading about the life of a pickpocket and I had read somewhere that Martyn did some research on this front.

I thought the ending, while satisfying, was a little abrupt and left some questions in my
...more
Janeandjerry
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Janeandjerry by: Martyn V. Halm
This is a 220 page book that is a fun and adventurous ride with Wolfgang who is a well crafted pick pocketer. He runs into Lilith on one of his early runs in the book and she blackmails him into teaching her the craft. Wolf as he is known or likes to be called tries teaching her but along the way trouble starts brewing up and things start happening that are not able to be explained til it's to late. I hope you enjoy this one and will come along for the ride for there are some very interesting ...more
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Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of Martyn V. Halm’s many gifts as a writer is his ability to get inside the mind and heart of a protagonist who ought to be unsympathetic and to make the character’s experience so compelling that the reader roots for him. Wolfgang, narrator of this suspenseful tale, is professional pickpocket. He smokes heroin. He lives in his van with a pet rat. He’s not connected to a family or close friends and that’s how he wants it. Life is safer that way. A young man on the wrong side of the law, he ...more
Martin Mackay
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author as an Advanced Readers Copy.

Having read and enjoyed the authors other works (The Amsterdam Assassin Series) I was keen to read his other works.

This story focuses on a character who has previously featured in the AA series, Wolfgang the pickpocket. The story begins with Wolfgang having been seen by an aspiring student of his craft and we are then taken on an roller coaster of a ride.

At 220 pages it is a shorter read than the full length Katla novels
...more
John
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Wolf is a pickpocket. He's pretty good at it. He's also a loner. Maybe how Holden Caulfield would have turned out if he moved to Amsterdam and became a pickpocket. He lives and works on the fringes of the underworld, dealing with fences for stolen credit cards and doing occasional odd jobs for the more powerful members of the criminal element. Wolf prides himself on staying independent and not resorting to violence. He also dabbles in philosophy and heroin. Hey, it's Amsterdam.

Then Lilith comes
...more
Martyn Halm
Jul 16, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-these
As the author, of course I cannot rate or review my own work. What I can do is give you, the potential reader, some background information about In Pocket.

About twenty years ago, when I was working on what was to become Reprobate: A Katla Novel, I had a half-finished story on a busker who lived in a delivery van and pretended to be blind in order to rake in more money. As such, Wolfgang was the only one who saw a murder by assassin Katla Sieltjes, who promptly started hunting him down to shut
...more
Kim Shoesmith
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hi, and firstly my thanks to the author, whom I wouldn't have been I. Touch with had I not been signed up with Goodreads.

When I first started to read this book, I didn't think I would like it, that it wasn't really my thing, I have to admit. But within about the first 80 pages it had been gripped. I love the way it flitted between the present and how he had got to that point. The author really seemed to understand the plight of the main character, and how he felt as the story unfolded. If he
...more
Nurul Hanifah
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the author before the book's publication but it has slipped from my attention and I have only just recently getting around to read and finish it.

I'm late, yes, but here is what I thought of the book.

It tells the story of twenty-something Amsterdam dweller by the name Wolf who one day meets a mysterious woman. And so on, go check the book for complete description.

I didn't pay enough attention on the book details before diving in, and originally thought
...more
Andy Peloquin
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, that's right, I'm giving this a 5-star review!
First of all, I loved the fact that it's about a pickpocket. I'll read anything with a criminal as the protagonist, so that hooked me right off the bat.
The author gets into a lot of details about Amsterdam (the city that serves as the setting for the story), and it helps to fix an image of the world around you into your mind. He gives plenty of details to help you understand what life in Amsterdam for his character is like, but without giving
...more
Roberta Pearce
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know when you love a character so much that you’re afraid to read anything other than that character from the author? Well, silly as that is, that was my situation – I love the character of Katla Sieltjes of the Amsterdam Assassin Series, so was a bit nervous digging into Mr. Halm’s new novel.

I shouldn’t have worried. Mr. Halm crafts a dark and twisted story that wholly entertains. The opening scene finds the mortally wounded protagonist Wolf behind a dumpster. We are returned here
...more
Aswin Giri
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is curious about pickpocketing.
If you want to know about some of the pick pocketing tricks, this book is for you.
It was a very good book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I specifically liked the part where wolf taught Lilith. I always like to understand how an individual thinks and Wolf's character was spot-on. His character was well written in detail and it showed the amount of research that went into the book. I also liked the way the author kept the suspense. I was kept guessing till the end.
I felt that some of the
...more
Janeandjerry
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Janeandjerry by: Martyn V. Halm
This is a 220 page book that is a fun and adventurous ride with Wolfgang who is a well crafted pick pocketer. He runs into Lilith on one of his early runs in the book and she blackmails him into teaching her the craft. Wolf as he is known or likes to be called tries teaching her but along the way trouble starts brewing up and things start happening that are not able to be explained til it's to late. I hope you enjoy this one and will come along for the ride for there are some very interesting ...more
Jen
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
I don’t normally read novels, but found this one short enough (such that it is not a tough or long-drawn read) yet long enough to capture the essence of the story. It captivated me and I could not have expected the ending to be the way it was! I got interested in this book as I was interested in reading about the life of a pickpocket and I had read somewhere that Martyn did some research on this front.

I thought the ending, while satisfying, was a little abrupt and left some questions in my
...more
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