The Good Thief's Guide to Venice
By Chris Ewan
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312580858, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 2, 2011
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Charlie, a gentleman thief to rival Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, gallivants around Venice in The Good Thief's Guide to Venice--the next caper in Chris Ewan's sparkling series. After a particularly bad streak of luck in Vegas, Charlie has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full-time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie’s agent Victoria shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar. Blackmailed into committing a dastardly crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into yet another adventure, this one even more explosive than the last.
CHRIS EWAN lives on the Isle of Man, but his heart remains in Venice.
"Ewan can turn a Wodehousian phrase...and his taut plotting adds substance to his considerable style." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Big fun." --The Seattle Times "Ewan's fourth Charlie Howard romp moves briskly, relying once more on the boyish charm of its roguish narrator-hero." --Kirkus Reviews