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The Burglar: A Novel Kindle Edition
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Elle was strong but small, so she couldn’t carry a seven-foot television out of a house if she’d wanted to. It didn’t matter because the real prizes were all small and dense―money, watches, jewelry, gold, guns, and collections―and usually they were to be found in or near the master bedroom suite. Some of the things she found in bedroom hiding places that fit this description were revealing but not for her to take: secret cell phones for calling lovers, second sets of identification, bugout kits, or drugs.
Her small size helped her. She looked like a person who would be out running at dawn in a rich neighborhood, so she didn’t worry people who saw her. There was a certain irony to this, because the same qualities made her a fearsome burglar. She could enter a house in dozens of ways that were impos-sible for a large man. She could easily crawl into a house through a dog door or take the glass slats out of a louvered window and slither inside. Both openings were common and neither was ever wired for an alarm. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07KNC2JR3
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (January 8, 2019)
- Publication date : January 8, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3412 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,675 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In any event, on the plus side, the hero/anti-hero of this piece is a twenty-something professional burglar who has carved out a girl-next-door image for herself while she goes about making a living looting mansions in the posher parts of West Los Angeles. On one of her "working nights" , she happens upon the scene of a triple murder and finds herself pursued by the faceless killers. Author Perry heads for fantasy territory after the introduction of this crime and turns his heroine burglar into a detective with superpowers.
If you can tolerate some highly unlikely plot twists and an over-the-top conclusion, you will find some engaging sections in this fast-moving (mostly) action novel. I wouldn't get too attached to the main character though as it's hard to see a real future for her once she powers through the ending.
One other observation, this is the second Perry novel in a row that I felt was too devoid of human qualities. I would like to see a return to some of his earlier works' inclusion of real folks.
Three of my favorite books of all time are Perry novels. I will give him this: The Burglar is better than Forty Thieves and The Bomb Maker. I think he gets good reviews because it's just expected of him now. But the past decade, at least, has seen his writing falter. Wait for the price to go down on this one before you choose to read it - it's not worth the prices he charges. You're paying for a name that isn't worth it anymore.
Spend your money reading Matthew Fitzsimmons, Eric Beetner, Rob Hart...just don't waste your money on Perry anymore.
I guess, now, he just writes them to fulfill a contract with his publisher.
This one features an interesting character and gets off to a good start.
But about half-way through it's like he just lost interest.
The rest of the book is a mess, and the character's actions are
simply unbelievable (literally), as if he was trying to find a way to "get this thing
done and off to the publisher ASAP". Very disappointing.
That's just BS. This is a really good read, very much up to Perry's high standards. To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive on account of those reviews but I thoroughly enjoyed the book from first page to last.