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The Thefts of Nick Velvet by Edward D. Hoch
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bookshelves: 2014, caper, short-stories, scribd, series, reviewed, fiction

Despite his having written about 1000 short-stories, I'd never previously heard of Hoch until I read his afterward to Ehrengraf for the Defense. Thankfully several collections of his stories are available for free on Scribd Premium[1]. This set are about Nick Velvet — a thief who steals to order, no questions asked (but only items of no value), for a flat fee of $20,000 a time ($30k if it's likely to be especially dangerous). Most of the time, in order to successfully actually carry out the theft, or in order to protect himself from being double-crossed (or even killed), he to figure out what's really going on, and ends up acting as as much of a detective as a thief (with shades of Bernie Rhodenbarr). The stories are generally quick and fun, and now the completist is me is wondering how to find copies of all the ones that haven't been anthologised!

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Reading Progress

March 9, 2014 – Started Reading
March 9, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 10, 2014 – Shelved
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: caper
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: short-stories
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: scribd
April 23, 2014 – Shelved as: series
September 9, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed
December 29, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction

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