Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realise how costly a mistake he might have made. The police think he killed the American. Others think he knows the whereabouts of the elusive third monkey. But for Charlie only three things matter: Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And, can he solve the briefcase-shaped plot-hole in his latest novel?
Chris Ewan is the bestselling and award-winning author of seven novels: The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, The Good Thief's Guide to Paris, The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, The Good Thief's Guide to Venice, The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin and the standalone thriller, Safe House. Dead Line, Chris's latest standalone thriller, will be published in the UK by Faber & Faber in August 2013. In 2011, he was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll.
The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 11 countries. The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, Paris, Vegas and Venice have all been shortlisted for CrimeFest's annual Last Laugh Award.
Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife Jo, their daughter Jessica and their labrador Maisie, where he writes full time.
Find out more at: www.chrisewan.com or follow Chris on Twitter @chrisewan