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Chris Ewan
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Book Description

29 April 2010
Charlie Howard - mystery writer and incorrigible thief - is in for a tough vacation in Las Vegas. Losing heavily at poker is one thing, but to find his literary agent, Victoria, being charmed by the Fifty-Fifty casino resort's star magician, Josh Masters, is another irritation entirely. Still, Charlie's not one to hold a grudge, least of all when he could be holding Masters' wallet. With access to the magician's deluxe suite now tantalizingly at hand, a spot of burglary seems to be in order and Charlie's only too happy to oblige. Problem is, everything's bigger in Sin City - including the fall-out from petty crimes - and it isn't long before Charlie and Victoria find themselves threatened with a one-way trip into the Nevada desert unless they can conjure up a small fortune in twenty-four hours. For Charlie, there's only one viable course of action: break into as many hotel rooms as he can, steal as much as possible, and just hope that Victoria can summon Lady Luck to the gaming table of her choice. Mind you, it would all be a lot easier if Charlie hadn't stumbled upon a dead woman, and if Josh Masters hadn't vanished in the middle of his act...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847399568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847399564
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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'With a nimble touch and effortless charm, The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, the latest gem in Chris Ewan's sparkling series, carries us along on an utterly irresistible sin-city caper filled with high-stakes gambling, cunning stagecraft and a dizzying series of twists Ewan pulls off with the skills of a master illusionist'
--Megan Abbot

About the Author

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris Ewan now lives on the Isle of Man, where he works as a lawyer. Visit the author's website @ www.thegoodthief.co.uk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star entertainment 26 Oct 2010
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TGTGT Vegas is the third in the series featuring Charlie Howard the thief / mystery novelist whose petulant act of petty larceny soon spirals out of control in sin city. Charlie is a great character - skilful and resourceful, yet compromised, limited and bungling. The light tone and witty asides make for a fast read, but this is no frivolous work. The plot twists are intelligently constructed, the cast of supporting characters, whilst verging on the comic, are finely drawn and Vegas is rendered in all its gaudy glory. This is a single sitting book. Only a 'complete idiot' (to quote Charlie) would finish it without a smile on their face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the Good Thief hits Vegas 19 July 2010
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the third in the Good Thief series, the previous ones being Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam and the Good Thief's Guide to Paris and feature, Charlie Howard, a thief who has turned to writing crime novels. He is on vacation at Las Vegas with his literary agent, Victoria, who has finally tracked him down and met him face to face only to find that the face on his book jackets and those of Charlie, don't match at all. The reader can easily pick up on the frisson between the two of them and the attraction, unless I am imagining it, and it is not long before she too reveals an unexpected side when they are involved in a murder mystery and a scam at a casino owned by two twin brothers who don't take kindly to this and who have Charlie and Victoria down as the culprits. They have 24 hours to prove their innocence, repay the missing money and to track down a vanishing magician who holds the key to the mystery.

I love these books - they are great fun and are witty with cracking and amusing dialogue. And what I appreciate about this is that there is no self conscious 'oh my god I'm sooo cool, I'm sooo funny' coming off the page. I have read a few so called fun thrillers recently and my main gripe about them is that after a while the wit wears thin, it has been arrived at with enormous effort and it shows. Chris Ewan is just naturally funny and I find this series sparkling and engaging with a a pacy narrative which takes the reader along for a great ride.

I gather the next one is set in Venice and I can't wait for that one. He had better be careful there though else he might find Inspettore Brunetti hot on his tail...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed! 28 May 2010
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Funny, fast-moving and unpredictable. I simply found myself unable to put down this book. There are some brilliant characters in here that really completed the Vegas scene. A real joy to read from beginning to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining yarn about Charlie Howard 26 July 2011
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Please don`t think badly of me because a lot of what I`m writing here , has already been said about the Amsterdam and Paris books in this `Good Thief` series. This is because the same criteria applies to all of these books, and I don`t wish to spoil the `whodunnit` plot element by saying more than I need to about each. Anyway, what I particularly like about this series is the clever link between the main character being an author of crime novels, at the same time as being a burglar himself, and these 2 `streams` linking up in the books (and Chris Ewan is actually writing about Charlie Howard being a crime novelist, so a sort of `novel within a novel` type thing). Also, this so definitely ISN`T a deadly serious piece of scary writing but is written with tongue firmly in cheek , very easy to read, very enjoyable, with Charlie coming across as a very likeable. And again, you definitely get the feel of being in the place where the action is set, this time Las Vegas.

If anything, I feel that this is the BEST book in the Good Thief series I have read so far (yet to read Venice) as the writing seems more confident, even more sarcastic than usual, and even more "readable"

There`s all sorts of twists and turns to make it a compelling read right to the end, and there are clues all along the way to help guide you to the real murderer/ thief. At times I felt a bit lost trying to sort out who was who, and what was true and what wasn`t , but overall a very good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 12 April 2014
By Caley
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Another great book in his series, this and all the others are worth reading. Funny and set in interestings cities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! 23 Mar 2014
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This book contains one of most fun characters in crime fiction today. Set in Vegas (obviously), it sees our protagonist steal someone's wallet out of jealousy really. A roller coast of misfortune follows him as he gets deeper and deeper in trouble with some casino owners. Great description of a place I love and some cracking dialogue, prose and plotting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing yet again 12 Dec 2013
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Working my way through the good thief's guides, the author makes you try to puzzle things out from beginning to end. Plenty of twists as always well worth reading the complete set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series 29 Oct 2013
By LB
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This will be more of a review for the whole series. I have read each book, and together this must be one of my favourite ever series to read. I just hope in the future there'll be more written!!

All the books are highly amusing additionally making me laugh out loud sometimes! I love the 'whodunit' aspect, if you enjoy death in paradise on the BBC, you'll enjoy this too.

All the cities are described in wonderful detail and the characters are very well and deeply developed. The locations are interesting, as are all the people the 'good thief' meets.

The plot is fast paced, and not once did I feel bored. Many surprises on the way kept the intrigue and mystery high.

Not once did I guess who had dunnit before the end.

I can't praise this book, or the entire series, enough. I completely recommend to anyone and everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read.
Another good read from Chris Dean, who combines crime and humour to produce an excellent gripping read, looking forward to the next book.
Published 1 month ago by Peter jermey
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant romp
Like all the good thief books, this one is light, well constructed, and fun. Best to read The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam at least before reading this, and in fact I would... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard Koch (real name)
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-worn formula
The formula was established with the first of these novels. Nothing much changes, all that's left is for you to spot the places YOU have been.
Published 12 months ago by Mike Mood
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read.
As this was from the same author that I had read before I thought I would try it. It had a plot, and was quite numerous with it.
Published 13 months ago by Blondie
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegas
Read one book and found it so enthralling I could not put it down so onto the next city, where to next - he keeps you fascinated all the way through
Published 13 months ago by Stayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe as Houses
I first saw advert for Safe House on TV by Chris Ewan and when I went to download to Kindle I saw that there were many good reviews for the Good Thief's Guides. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Trisha Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Charmless, pedestrian and sub-'Murder She Wrote' nonsense
Lost the plot. I read the first two Good Thief's Guide books after reading Safe House - which I really enjoyed. They were quite entertaining if predictable and unoriginal. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martin Hannon
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let titles put you off
Good page turners. Can't wait to see what happens. Leaves scope for more of the series to come. Different murder mystery.
Published 14 months ago by MS
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Ewan has done it again
Again I really enjoyed this book. It is the 3rd good thief's guide I have read and I will look forward to the next one. Entertaining, amusing, tense. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joanne Powell
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