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THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VENICE by Chris Ewan

THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VENICE

By Chris Ewan

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-58085-8
Publisher: Minotaur

Every time the gentleman thief tries to get out, they pull him back in!

Bestselling author and former burglar Charlie Howard, relocated to Venice after his most recent misadventure (The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, 2010, etc.), wakes up in the middle of the night to find a curvy female burglar in mid-burgle. He almost catches her, and it looks as if he's gotten off easy until he notices that his prized possession, a framed first edition of The Maltese Falcon, is missing. His agent and annoying voice of reason Victoria, who arrives just in time to scold Charlie, immediately hatches a plan to track down the thief. But this proves unnecessary when Charlie receives an invitation from the woman, whose name is Graziella, to meet. Though she has changed her long blond hair to a short dark bob, Charlie recognizes the hot criminal right away, and their sexual chemistry adds a layer of complexity to their meeting and subsequent involvement. Charlie makes a deal with this Delilah to break into a vault in a majestic but rundown palazzo not far away. The caper goes surprisingly well until opening the vault trips a loud and destructive bomb. Fortunately, Charlie is able to stagger back home, bruised and bloody, where he passes out and wakes up naked in bed with Victoria attending him. Far from counseling prudence, she surprises him by urging him back into the heart of danger.

Ewan's fourth Charlie Howard romp moves briskly, relying once more on the boyish charm of its roguish narrator-hero.