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Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas is the next caper in a series that’s being called “impressive… comic…fresh” (Publishers Weekly—starred review).

 

Charlie Howard isn’t only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he’s also a magician. For his next trick, he’ll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie’s friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe.

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The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas: A Mystery

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Overview

Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas is the next caper in a series that’s being called “impressive… comic…fresh” (Publishers Weekly—starred review).

 

Charlie Howard isn’t only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he’s also a magician. For his next trick, he’ll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie’s friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe.

Revenge would be sweet—if there weren’t a dead redhead floating in Masters’ bathtub and if Masters hadn’t just disappeared in a puff of smoke after cheating at roulette. Convinced that Charlie was in on the scam, the casino’s owners give him an impossible mission: either pull off an elaborate heist to reimburse the house for every dollar his “accomplice” made off with, or enjoy a one-way trip into the desert.

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Publishers Weekly
Charlie Howard, the self-mocking narrator of Ewan's Good Thief Guide series who's both a mystery writer and smallscale thief, once again shows he's not terribly good at either in his diverting third outing (after 2008's The Good Thief's Guide to Paris). Set largely in the fictional Fifty-Fifty hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nev., the book opens with Howard picking the pocket of Josh Masters, the casino's resident magician. Armed with Masters's wallet, Howard visits Masters's suite (with a nice bit on breaking into the magician's personal safe) only to discover what appears to be a dead body floating in the bath. The stakes rise when Masters disappears during his own magic show-- during a trick using Howard's literary agent, Victoria, as a volunteer--and the casino's security men detain the pair. Those looking for suspense or intricate plotting will be disappointed, but fans of light comic capers will be rewarded. (Aug.)
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At the start of Webb's playful second Gunn Zoo mystery (after 2008's The Anteater of Death), a dead body bumps against the hull of Theodora "Teddy" Bentley's boat moored in Gunn Landing Harbor, Calif. To Teddy's dismay, it's Kate Nido, her koala-keeper zoo colleague, who's been strangled. When a zoo employee is arrested for the crime and another marina resident is murdered, Teddy investigates on her own at considerable personal risk. Meanwhile, her socialite mom continues matching her up with men more "suitable" than her boyfriend, Sheriff Joe Rejas, and Teddy is chosen to take over the PR and television appearances Kate had handled for the zoo. While some may find the resolution contrived, Webb warmly evokes the unconventional worlds of zoo and marina. Readers don't even have to be animal lovers to enjoy watching, say, a pushy television host get her comeuppance from a mischievous lemur. (Aug.)
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"Ewan masterfully merges the comic with the thrilling in this fresh, captivating book."

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"A combination of engaging characterizations, suspenseful stories, and sharp writing, makes the Good Thief novels feel fresh and exciting."

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"Charlie’s cheeky first-person narrative keeps his caper nicely afloat."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312580827
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Series: Good Thief's Guide Series, #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS EWAN is an entertainment lawyer on the Isle of Man, but spent his honeymoon trying his luck in Vegas.

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