Gift Guide

The Good Thief's Guide to Paris: A Mystery


The moment I’d scanned the outside of the building, I turned to Bruno and said, "First impressions, it looks straightforward.” Looking back, I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking. I mean, put that line at the opening of a crime novel and it’s practically a guarantee that everything is about to get complicated.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
This is Not Available through
Sending request ...


The moment I’d scanned the outside of the building, I turned to Bruno and said, "First impressions, it looks straightforward.” Looking back, I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking. I mean, put that line at the opening of a crime novel and it’s practically a guarantee that everything is about to get complicated.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Charlie Howard, a crime writer who's also an international burglar, once again makes a funny, fast-talking narrator in Ewan's delightful second mystery (after 2007's The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam). Tipsy after a Parisian book signing, Charlie agrees to show a new acquaintance the basics of the trade by breaking into the man's own apartment. Trouble ensues when the apartment actually belongs to someone else. Charlie's fence commissions him the next day to break into the same apartment to steal an apparently worthless painting, and the apartment's real owner turns up dead in Charlie's apartment. Hiding in a Montmartre hotel, Charlie tries to save his skin while also placating his attractive agent, Victoria, who's arrived unannounced only to discover that the client she's grown so close to by phone looks nothing like the author photo he provided. That Charlie pens a memoir titled The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam adds a nice postmodern touch to a classic caper. (Nov.)

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Library Journal

Mystery writer and sometime professional thief Charlie Howard (introduced in Ewan's debut, A Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam) foolishly agrees to show one of his fans how to break into an apartment after a book signing event in Paris-simple, no problem. The next day, his fence calls and orders the theft of a painting from the very same address. Charlie is perplexed but not worried, and the job goes well. However, he returns home to find a dead body in his flat, which presents a real problem. Calling the police would reveal the hot painting as well as the corpse. Moreover, his prickly agent is due to arrive at any moment, and they've never met face to face. His fence is now curiously unavailable to receive the painting, and Charlie thinks he's being tailed by a suspicious guy in a Jaguar. Once again, Charlie finds himself in a convoluted set of circumstances worthy of one of his own book plots. Filled with mistaken identities, hot Picassos, mysterious hit men, and a tricky bit of art swapping at the Pompidou Center, this novel features wonderful descriptions of locale, engaging and wacky characters, and an entertaining plot that will leave readers eager for the next book. Highly recommended for all mystery collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ7/08.]
—Susan Clifford Braun

Kirkus Reviews
A tutorial in larceny leads to a study in homicide. The guy seems harmless enough. Granted, what he wants borders on the bizarre, but then Charlie Howard (The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, 2007), part-time mystery writer, part-time burglar, full-time scalawag, is plenty bizarre in his own right. They're both part of the scene at Paris Lights, the best known bookstore in France, when the young man with the dazzling smile asks Charlie to make him his protege. He wants Charlie to teach him the fine art of breaking and entering. The target, it turns out, is his very own apartment. Charlie signs on and, when one thing leads to another, finds himself enmeshed in a scheme to filch Picasso's The Guitar Player, currently on display in a carefully guarded Parisian gallery. Or perhaps not quite as carefully as its guardians think. At any rate, Charlie, along with several among the band of entrepreneurial thieves, sees it as vulnerable, and so the game's afoot. Before it's finally over, The Guitar Player has changed locations, the protege has changed sides, and Charlie has changed hair color to elude a gendarmerie eager to have him account for a certain inconvenient dead body. A feast for the amoral, but how many readers will take to a protagonist who unhesitatingly frames a friend in order to save his own hide?
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792780656
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011

Meet the Author

Chris Ewan, a lawyer specializing in the film industry, lives on the Isle of Man.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)