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The Burglar

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,878 ratings  ·  733 reviews
A new thriller about an unlikely burglar — a young woman in her 20s — who realizes she must solve a string of murders, or else become the next victim.

Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief—with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods an
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Published January 8th 2019 by Mysterious Press
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Nancy K Some violence, no bad language and some sexual references (pertinent to the plot.)

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Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Over the years I’ve been aware of books by Thomas Perry and always wanted to read one. For some unknown reason I just never picked one up.
When I saw Mr. Perry’s latest release, I was excited, here was my chance! The premise grabbed my attention right away!

Elle is living the life of a cat burglar in Los Angeles. No fly-by-night operation… she’s has been doing it for years. Expertly slipping in and out of empty homes as fast as possible. And with all that experience, she knows all the best hiding
Susanne  Strong
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3 Stars.

Elle is not just your ordinary gal. She’s fit, smart and she knows how to make a quick get away. Her career is one most people would never admit to, yet all of her closest friends know about it. She’s a burglar and she quite good at it.

On what she thinks will be a routine burglary, Elle happens upon a crime scene. Once she discovers it, her life is in danger. From then on it’s a game of cat and mouse. Elle is being chased - but by whom: cops or criminals?

In “The Burglar,” Elle is const
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I will admit to being drawn to this because of its blurb. A young female burglar stumbles across a murder scene while robbing a house and then someone starts trying to track her down. The problem was that the book didn’t come across as believable. The burglaries at the beginning don’t come across as doable. Time issues seem to be very fluid.

Initially, Elle seems incredibly dense and slow on the uptake. Flip side, we’re expected to believe her luck is just incredibly good. I found it hard to eng
Sumit RK
Elle Stowell is smart, intelligent and perhaps the most skilled female burglar since Catwoman (ie Selina Kyle not the Halle Berry one). Elle approaches every robbery job with meticulous planning and carries it out with perfect execution. But things go wrong when she breaks into an L.A. mansion and walks into a triple murder scene. Soon, she becomes the target of a group of professional killers. As the killers’ search for her intensifies, Elle must uncover the reason behind the killings, before s ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Elle is young and attractive and lives in Los Angeles. You are reminded of this approximately 8 million times. Elle is a burglar. You are reminded of this approximately 8 million times. Elle knows what she's doing. You are also reminded of this approximately 8 million times. Elle changes clothes and cars approximately 8 million times, interspersed with "plot."

Here is the "plot": Elle makes mistakes and gets in trouble. You are reminded of this approximately 8 million times.

The entirety of The
In the crime fiction genre, few authors are as well known as Thomas Perry and few books are written as intelligently as those he has authored. Fans of his anti-hero thrillers are in for a treat with Perry's newest, The Burglar.

Elle is a unique burglar. She takes great care to blend into her surroundings, often appearing as a wealthy sorority girl just out for a run. She scopes out the houses meticulously, insuring that there will be no mistakes and no one home to create violence for anyone. Her
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Unexpectedly different!

As far as professions go, I would miserably fail at burglar. For one, I am always amazed at the way thieves can think of making profits…some of these things don’t even enter my mind. And secondly, I don’t have a callus and stealth it takes to climb up walls, deal with watch dogs, alarms or the sheer anxiety of it all (Thankfully I don’t have to!). Unlike the main protagonist in this novel!

“L” or Elle, is a professional burglar. Disguised as a runner, she peruses the street
Maureen Carden
I have been a fan of Thomas Perry since the publication of his first book, the Edgar winning The Butcher’s Boy through the Jane Whitman series and then into a number of standalones. Perry’s latest The Burglar can stand proudly with the rest of Perry’s books.
Perry has always been a master of instruction, whether it is how to nation build, then hold a small island; to how to permanently go into hiding or how to obtain perfect fake i.d. in the pre-internet days. He doesn’t change with The Burglar
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story is not up the high standards of Thomas Perry I've become accustomed to. The heroine spends more time being chased and victimized than pulling off rad moves. 4 of 10 stars ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Burglar by Thomas Perry from NetGalley for my honest review.

Elle Stowell, is a burglar. She isn't just any burglar. She is a an amazing burglar who knows all the tricks of being a master of the trade. The writing is suburb and makes you feel like you are there beside her, as she is breaking into homes. The details of the burglary, such as getting in, escaping, running if needed, etc were very entertaining.

Elle decides to break into one particular home, that of a
James Thane
I'm a huge fan of Thomas Perry's work and eagerly look forward to reading virtually anything he writes. In particular, I really like his two series featuring the Butcher's Boy and Jane Whitefield. The Burglar is a stand-alone novel and, while I enjoyed it, it didn't work for me quite as well as most of his others.

In reading a Thomas Perry novel, you almost always learn very interesting details about a particular craft or skill. It might involve teaching someone to disappear without a trace, buil
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'm going with 2.5 stars, rounded up. There were a few parts of this story I found really engaging: a strong female, independent, circle of interesting, like-minded friends (thieves).

Most parts seemed like I was reading a how-to manual for a do it yourself MacGyver character. I never felt overly attached to our heroine. Her emotions were mostly flat, even when a rational person would have been grieving and tormented, she seemed detached from everyone.

Overall it was a decent story, but not one
Dee Arr
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, detective
Thomas Perry has created an interesting way to mix a suspense thriller with a detective story. Elle is the title’s burglar, a woman who happens to choose the wrong house to rob and ends up becoming a witness to a murder scene. With no one to turn to for help, Elle goes on the run, dodging danger as she attempts to learn why three people were killed.

Author Thomas Perry deftly handles a difficult job. With much of the beginning of the book lacking in dialogue, he adeptly keeps us reading and it di
Linda Strong

Elle Stowell is a thief. She chooses the houses to steal from carefully. She looks at wealthy neighborhoods, studies the inhabitants until she knows their schedules by heart, and tries to destroy nothing on her forays. She goes for the small items and jewelry mostly.

She's been highly successful .. until tonight. While exploring the house chosen for tonight she experiences something she could never have imagine. In the mater bedroom, 3 bodies are laying on the bed. Two women and one man
I was putting off reading The Burglar by Thomas Perry because I was a little concerned by the low average and ratings on Goodreads, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about! I loved this book and was just completely fascinated by it.

I know she's technically a criminal, but Elle was such a great, badass character and I loved her so much. She was very smart, clever, and methodical which I appreciated and even though the book is very detailed and heavy on specifics it really worked for me. I
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Very weak effort from a good author. Elle is a burglar, small, petite, and disciplined, who plots her heists carefully; however, when she discovers a triple murder in a house she is robbing, she becomes hunted herself. The best part of this book is the terror/tension created by author Perry, as she narrowly escapes several attempts on her life. Eventually, she goes on the offensive, tracking down the people trying to kill her in their black Tahoes. This is well beyond implausible, and the last p ...more
Perry introduces us to Elle Stowell, cat burglar extraordinaire, who inadvertently discovers a triple murder in the course of one of her break-ins. Elle is an unrepentant thief that plies her trade in the homes of the super wealthy living in the Los Angeles metro area. The reader will enjoy getting to know this charming, highly skilled burglar. Unfortunately, the plot is pretty far-fetched and ‘body count’ excessive. However, it is still a fun read. Enjoy.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because the protagonist is a young woman, Elle, whose profession is burglary. I think this is an odd profession for a female and I was intrigued. The story really takes off when Elle is in the midst of burglarizing a house and finds three dead bodies who were killed while having sex - two women and a man.

Some parts of this book were really pretty good and others were just too matter-of-fact. I didn't really connect with Elle. Overall I mostly enjoyed it and found the pl
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but I admit it's a rather strange one. The title "burglar" is Elle, who has been on her own almost since she can remember - surviving by becoming adept at the ins and outs of theft (more to the point, how to get in and get out without getting caught). By now, she's got it down to a science; her powers of observation and tricks of the trade at times nearly obliterating the line of credibility. And then, she enters a house looking for goodies, finds three murder victims ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of suspense mixed with an entertaining plot and tight writing. A break from run of the mill burnt out detective mysteries.
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I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 23%

After reading the amazing An Anonymous Girl, I knew that any thriller that came after it would have a tough act to follow. And, this one was, sadly, the book that followed. I made it 23% into the book and I couldn’t care about it.

Elle is a burglar and she wants you to believe that she’s amazing at it. But, she stumbles into a house and finds three dead people. And then she finds
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3-3.5 stars= a good thriller.

Ell Stowell has been a burglar since she was fourteen; it's how she supports herself. She stakes out the homes of the extremely wealthy, takes any cash or jewelry she can find, and so far has never been caught.

But on a recent job, she finds 3 dead bodies in a house she thought was empty. Two women and a man had been engaging in a manage a trois when shot and Ell finds that a film camera is still running. She takes the camera with her as she leaves, worrying that it
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Perry usually provides well-written, easy-to-read, propulsive entertainment. That’s true with The Burglar too, his most recent novel. But The Burglar feels more formulaic than other Perry novels, with less character development. Perry being Perry, he maintained my interest throughout, but my interest was due to Perry’s typical injection of action-action-action rather than any fascination with Elle Stowell, his lead character, or the other subsidiary characters. The Burglar would not serve ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!

Fast, tight, and meticulous!

The Burglar is a sinister, unpredictable thriller that takes us into the life of Elle Stowell, a young thief who finds herself unexpectedly mixed up in a triple homicide when she chooses the wrong house to rob.

The writing is smooth and tense. The characters are inquisitive, meticulous, and tough. And the plot is a suspenseful tale of corruption, deception, betrayal, greed, violence, murder, and the art of burglary.

There is no doubt that Perry has an incredib
Donna Davis
Thomas Perry’s tightly plotted suspense novels always keep me on the edge of my chair. Big thanks go to Net Galley and Mysterious Press for the review copy. This book will be available to the public January 8, 2019.

Our protagonist is Elle, a twenty-four-year-old Californian that is also a professional burglar. She was raised by relatives that ditched her when she was barely grown, and so she makes her living taking jewelry from rich people’s houses. They in turn will file the loss with their in
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The Burglar by Thomas Perry. It is an honor to read any of Mr. Perry's novels. I have been a fan for a long time - The Burglar is his new installment to his stand alone collection. A young woman with a shady background has integrated herself in the LA area. She appears quite normal - small, pretty, and "normal". But she's all but normal - she's a thief. She makes her living robbing rich houses and she does this with flair and ability. One day, s ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
The Burglar by Thomas Perry was a fast read for me and in the beginning I was hooked. Sadly it did not continue for the whole book. I was intrigued by the premise of a young female burglar in LA but felt that it went slightly off in the middle and end. The ending was so full of art jargon that I lost interest quickly. Also Elle came across as very cold which was disappointing.

Elle is a young woman with an unlikely profession... she stakes out the rich and famous homes in LA and breaks in. She ha
David Putnam
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Thomas Perry is one of my favorites and each year I wait with great anticipation for his book to come out. The Old Man, The Boyfriend and The Bombmaker were just wonderful books and without reservation I highly recommend these books to any reader of mystery. Part of the problem these three prior novels create is a standard so high, I know for one, I would be intimidated sitting down to pen the next one.
Having said the above The Burglar fell down for me. This time for some reason the character di
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading several of Thomas Perry’s books, I should know by now that I need to get my essential and urgent tasks done so that I can settle in for some long, uninterrupted reading time. Once I start reading one of his books, it takes a huge amount of discipline (sometimes more than I have) to step away and do things that need to be done. And “The Burglar” was just as effective as his other books at holding me captive.

Elle Stowell is a 26-year-old burglar who robs the homes of the very wealth
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, nook
The Burglar ⭐️

She is scouting out her next house when everything starts to fall apart. I like that she uses her brain when stealing and making a quiet get away. It showed that even though she is a bad person she has the capability to do more with her life because of her knowledge and skills.

I really enjoyed the writing and the protagonist was fun and likeable and it was a really good book.

Thank you so much to booksgosocial via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of the Burglar by Thomas Perry
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Thomas Perry is the author of 25 novels. He was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and as a writer and producer of prime time network television shows.
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