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The Burglar: A Novel Kindle Edition
Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief—with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by—she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.
As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the high-profile murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion.
“The fact is, there are probably only half a dozen suspense writers now alive who can be depended upon to deliver high voltage shocks . . . Thomas Perry is one of them.” —Stephen King
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"Perry…builds suspense with all the subtlety of a master chef nursing a risotto to a buttery perfection. It's nothing new to call Perry a master of the genre, but it's no less true for being widely acknowledged."―Booklist
“Perry is a master of plotting…Most readers know him from his Jane Whitefield ‘disappeared’ series. His thrillers, of which this is one of the best, are even better.” ―Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Perry delivers a perfect melding of character and plot, light and dark, and he totally immerses the reader in an irresistible narrative.” ―Booklist, “Top 10 Crime Novels of the Year,” on Forty Thieves
“Since his Edgar Award-winning debut novel, The Butcher's Boy . . . Thomas Perry has put together a rewarding string of suspense novels with as much cool competence as some of his best protagonists bring to their work . . . Perry’s a real pro.” ―Shelf Awareness, on The Old Man
“Mr. Perry, in this first-rate thriller, proves as cagy as his criminal mastermind: The reader rarely anticipates his next move. He balances breathtaking suspense with romantic intrigue.”―Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal, on The Bomb Maker
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- ASIN : B07KNC2JR3
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (January 8, 2019)
- Publication date : January 8, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 6107 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,456 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.