Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ο Οδηγός του καλού κλέφτη στο Άμστερνταμ” as Want to Read:
Ο Οδηγός του καλού κλέφτη στο Άμστερνταμ
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ο Οδηγός του καλού κλέφτη στο Άμστερνταμ

(Good Thief's Guide #1)

by
3.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,878 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Ο Τσάρλι Χάουαρντ δε γράφει απλώς βιβλία για έναν επαγγελµατία κλέφτη,
αλλά κάνει κι ο ίδιος αυτή τη δουλειά.

Ο Τσάρλι βρίσκεται στο Άµστερνταµ γράφοντας το τελευταίο του µυθιστόρηµα, όταν τον προσεγγίζει ένας µυστηριώδης Αµερικανός και του ζητάει να κλέψει για λογαριασµό του δύο αγαλµατίδια-πιθηκάκια, τα οποία φαινοµενικά δεν έχουν καµία αξία. Αρχικά ο Τσάρλι αρνείται, αλλ
...more
Paperback, 1st
Published October 12th 2015 by mamaya (first published 2007)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Popular Answered Questions
Graham Powell I noticed this as well, in particular a "grizzly" (grisly) crime scene and "heroine-chic" fashion (heroin-chic), and those are just the two I…moreI noticed this as well, in particular a "grizzly" (grisly) crime scene and "heroine-chic" fashion (heroin-chic), and those are just the two I remember.

And yes, other than that it was a really well-done book.(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.44  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,878 ratings  ·  469 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Kyriaki
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Μπορεί να μην έμαθα να ληστεύω τράπεζα!
Μπορεί να μην έμαθα ούτε μια κλειδαριά της προκοπής να παραβιάζω!
Αλλά τουλάχιστον το βιβλίο αυτό το βρήκα διασκεδαστικότατο!
Έξυπνη πλοκή,απολαυστικοί διάλογοι, γρήγορη δράση και μια ομάδα απίθανων χαρακτήρων απαρτίζουν το αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα του Chris Ewan, το οποίο διαβάζεται ταχύτατα.
Πραγματικά το απόλαυσα!
Anna
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Ενδιαφέρον, χαλαρό, ιντρικαδόρικο, χιουμοριστικό! Πρωταγωνιστούν: ένας χομπίστας - κλέφτης (a.k.a. κλέβει από χόμπι, εννοείται ότι είναι πολύ προσεκτικός, έξυπνος, μελετημένος και αποτελεσματικός), ένας μεγαλόσωμος και ένας μικρόσωμος με IQ ραδικιού (και οι δυο μαζί), δυο αστυνομικοί (για το θεαθήναι - ή μήπως όχι?), ένας άλλος κλέφτης (εντελώς για το θεαθήναι (μάλλον), μια γοητευτική ξανθιά που δεν είναι σίγουρο ποια ακριβώς είναι, ένας χοντρός δικηγόρος (που δεν είναι σίγουρα δικηγόρος), τρία ...more
Claudia
A decent story, with a great setting (I love the Netherlands), all totally obscured by the absolute worst copy editing/proofreading I have ever seen. Weird constructions, flat-out grammatical errors, and the homonyms, oh, the homonyms. St. Martin's should be ashamed.

- First page, fifth sentence: "If I was a lesser writer,..." This should read, "If I were a lesser writer..." (an example of the otherwise rare subjunctive in English). This isn't a typo; it's consistently wrong, throughout the book.
...more
Bettie☯
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Renee
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lance Charnes
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who wish Bernie Rhodenbarr worked overseas
Recommended to Lance by: Criminal Element
Whodunits (or howdunits) headlined by criminals present a reader with a whole spectrum of bad behavior to choose from. Do you like gentleman burglars, like Bernie Rhodenbarr? Thugs like Parker? Charming rogues like Jack Foley? Psychopaths like Dexter, Ripley, or Serge Storms? They're all out there, ready to take you for a walk on the dark side.

Charlie Howard, Chris Ewan's burglar-protagonist in this book, is just a degree or two removed from Bernie but not quite as hard a case as, say, Tim Halli
...more
George K.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Πριν λίγες μέρες κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις mamaya, όντας μια από τις ευχάριστες εκπλήξεις της χρονιάς, μιας και κάνω σαν τρελός για τέτοιου είδους βιβλία, από συγγραφείς μάλιστα που δεν έχουμε ξαναδεί στα ελληνικά. Έτσι ήταν λογικό να το αγοράσω άμεσα και να το διαβάσω μονορούφι. Το καλό είναι ότι έμεινα ευχαριστημένος και ότι άξιζε η όλη αναμονή.

Λοιπόν, πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο μιας σειράς, όπου πρωταγωνιστεί ένας Εγγλέζος, ο Τσάρλι Χάουαρντ, που είναι σχετικά καλός συγγραφ
...more
Dora Koutsoukou
☹☹☹☹☹

Η υποθεση τραβηξε το ενδιαφερον μου αμεσως. Ενας συγγραφεας που γραφει για εναν κλεφτη αλλα ειναι κλεφτης και ο ιδιος!!!! Και ξεκινησα να το διαβαζω.
Αχ, ποσο με κουρασε η (όποια) εξελιξη της ιστοριας! Πολυυυυ! Ο βασικος ηρωας ηταν πολυ βαρετος και δεν τον συμπαθησα με τιποτα, αγανακτησα με αυτα τα ερημα τα πιθηκακια που ηταν μπροστα στα ματια του και αναρωτιοταν για την υπαρξη τους! Ελεος!!!! Ειπα άι στο καλο, λιγο πριν φτασω στη μεση του βιβλιου και το παρατησα!! Κι αυτον και τα πιθηκακια
...more
Book Concierge
Charlie Howard is a successful mystery author, writing a series that features a professional burglar, Faulks. As a sideline – and I guess you could call it research – he also occasionally accepts a commission to steal certain items. When a stranger offers him an unusually high fee to steal a couple of seemingly worthless monkey figurines, his instincts tell him to decline while his curiosity urges him to comply. Before long he’s embroiled in a major intrigue, and a suspect in a murder.

This was
...more
Sandi
One of those books that I would have not finished if I had actually been reading it instead of listening to the audio. The premise of a mystery writer who moonlights as a burglar sounded great but the characters were kind of flat and the plot was not all that engaging. The narration by Simon Vance was the highlight of the whole enterprise.
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Πολύ δροσερό και χαλαρωτικό,δεν ειναι δηλαδή το αστυνομικό που σε εχει συνέχεια στην τσίτα.Ότι πρέπει για παραλία το καλοκαίρι.
Mark
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I meant to read two months ago for my mystery discussion group, but never got around to it until now. "The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam" by Chris Ewan is about a man who not only writes caper novels featuring a career thief; he also happens to be one. Charlie Howard is writing his latest book while on an extended stay in Amsterdam when he’s contacted via his website to meet with an American who knows about his other, less legal profession and offers him 20,000 euros to steal w ...more
Mel Siew
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jgrace
The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam - Chris Ewan
audio performance by Simon Vance
3 stars

Charlie Howard is a mystery novelist who freelances as a burglar, or maybe he is a thief who writes on the side. His books aren’t selling as well as he would like. He takes a suspicious, ‘too good to be true’ burglary commission to help support his lifestyle. Naturally, his life becomes a bit complicated.
Charlie has a nice sense of humor and this mystery had some satisfying twists and turns. Also, I could be h
...more
Ru
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheeky, clever, & with a semblance of Dashiell Hammett & Raymond Chandler, this mystery novel entertained me through and through. This is the first in a series of "Good Thief" stories which I'd heard of and finally decided to try. Very pleased I did; the book itself is not particularly long, but the story was solid. I particularly liked that what seems simple on the surface is actually a little more complex as you peel back the layers. And, while this has some humorous elements to it, it ...more
Charlotte
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bethany
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this. The narrator was wonderful and the storytelling was great! I will definitely read more of the series.
Arkgirl
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can tell it was an enjoyable read because I was certainly pleased to find out when I finished this book that there were more books in the series. I engaged with the characters and the style of the story telling in this crime story. It is not a taxing read plus it is a relatively quick read ... think cosy crime with an international twist in the setting.
This is a twist on the Raffles-style mystery book for the modern generation with a crime writer burglar as our lead; as a side story he is even
...more
Susan Angela Wallace
The good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan.
Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one.In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does
...more
Lina
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Toks veiksmo, kriminalinis žarnas niekada manęs nežavėjo, bet pagalvojau, pamėginsiu dar kart „prisijaukinti”. Viskas gerai... siužetas turi klasikinkus rėmus: kažkas kažką pavogė,kažkas kažką nužudė, persekioja,kažkas viską suprantą ir sugeba atskleisti tiesą,kas kaltas ir t.t. Greitai perskaičiau, užsidėjau pliusą, kad pabandžiau ir rezultatas tas pats — ne mano stiliaus knyga.
Otilija
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pirmą kartą skaičiau kriminalinį romaną. Pradžia nekabino, o viduryje jau buvo aišku ką ir kodėl veikėjui reikėjo pavogti. Gal dėl to skaityti tapo neįdomu, tačiau liko paskutinė viltis skaityti toliau, nes atpažinsiu tam tikras Amsterdamo vietas. Tačiau pabaiga mane nustebino. Buvo įdomu! Nepaisant to, kad buvau užtikrinta kas yra paslėpta "lobyje" norėjau išsiaiškinti kaip viskas vyko.
Hermien
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and enjoyable entertainment.
John
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
3.5/5
Mark
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun. I took to the wit and charm of the master thief, through whose perspective the story is told, right away. And because the book is quick to jump into the ins and outs of how he plies his trade, and quick to action, it was all the easier to get swept into the story. When he goes from a successful pair of heists to being enmeshed in a near-death with no idea how to extricate himself, it’s easy to empathize with him. And now you’re as curious as he is to get to the bottom ...more
Sian Steen
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book put a smile on my face from the first page.

I loved the cliffhangers at the end of almost every chapter, and found it hard to put down. Lots of twists and turns, though I did feel like the showdown at the end was quite difficult to follow.

Charlie is a really fun character, and I enjoyed his escapades.

I did find that some of the sentences were a little long, which made them tricky to follow, but all in all very enjoyable.

Can't wait to read the others!
Chris Witkowski
Very enjoyable, cleverly constructed mystery about an author of mystery books, who just happens to be a burglar on the side. Or maybe it's the other way around - burglary is his main profession, writing just a hobby? Lighthearted tale, set in one of my favorite cities, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an intricate plot. Charlie is hired by a man to break into two homes and steal two small plaster monkeys;he is given detailed descriptions of the apartments and told just where to find the objects. ...more
astried
If Chris Ewan was an architect, his philosophy wouldn't be "less is more", Corbusier is he not. His buildings would probably be of Richard Roger's intricate steel structures. His detective story sure is. Well, probably not that complicated but I can see how he revels in plots & details, there's a conclusion he made involving a break-in using mallet & drill, there's a gun being hidden somewhere that turned up again several chapter later, there's a manuscript with a plot hole involving a b ...more
Julie Christine
Good, clean fun. I might even follow this self-absorbed hack writer (speaking of the protagonist, not his creator, although...) to Paris for another silly caper. What I needed to get through a stressful couple of days.

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
Julie
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I travel, I try to read a book before hand that has something to do with that locale. This summer I traveled to the Netherlands and picked 2 books to read - Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (great story but has almost nothing to do with Amsterdam) and The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam. This is the first of Chris Ewan's 'Good Thief' series which revolve around a mystery author, Charlie Howard, who happens to supplement his income with a bit of burglary on the side. Charlie is no ordinary burgla ...more
Eric_W
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Howard writes books about thieves and suspense. He's also a thief himself. Approached by a man who wants him to steal three monkey figurines of little apparent value, but the theft must occur in a certain time frame. Charlie decides, against his better judgment (the money's really good,) to take on the challenge. He recovers two of them only to discover he had competition, and that the American who hired him has been severely beaten and left for dead. Charlie is soon a suspect in the mur ...more
B.reader
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the book had a great premise--a crime novelist who writes about a thief, and is actually a thief himself!--the execution was really pretty bad. I had no sympathy for the main character, as he was boring and didn't really ever engage the reader. Also, the whole I'm-a-writer aspect seemed like it was just tacked on as an afterthought, and wasn't ever developed fully. While sometimes we saw the main character thinking about his book, we never saw him writing or revising in any depth. Finally, ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Play Book Tag: The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam / Chris Ewan - 4**** 2 11 Mar 11, 2016 07:08PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Dogs of Rome (Commissario Alec Blume, #1)
  • All Cry Chaos (Henri Poincaré Mystery, #1)
  • The Broken Token (Richard Nottingham, #1)
  • Love in Amsterdam (Van Der Valk #1)
  • Blood Prophecy: Kallen's Tale  (Witch Fairy, #2.5)
  • Con Ed
  • Games to Keep the Dark Away
  • On the Wrong Track (Holmes on the Range, #2)
  • The Herring Seller's Apprentice (Elsie and Elthelred #1)
  • The Body on the Beach (Fethering, #1)
  • Skinny Dipping
  • The Disappeared (Jenny Cooper, #2)
  • A Dark Anatomy (Cragg & Fidelis Mystery, #1)
  • The Bordeaux Betrayal (Wine Country Mysteries #3)
  • Don't Take any Wooden Nickels (The Million Dollar Mysteries, #2)
  • Don't Ask (Dortmunder, #8)
  • The Album
  • Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude
See similar books…
203 followers
I'm the author of the popular GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO ... series of mysteries about globetrotting crime writer and thief-for-hire, Charlie Howard. The series has been praised as "crime writing at its best" (Sydney Morning Herald) and a "delightful series" (The Seattle Times) and comprises THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM (winner of the Long Barn Books First Novel Award), THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO ...more

Other books in the series

Good Thief's Guide (5 books)
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Paris (Good Thief's Guide, #2)
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas (Good Thief's Guide, #3)
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Venice (Good Thief's Guide, #4)
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin (Good Thief's Guide, #5)