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The Bubble Gum Thief (Dagny Gray Thriller) by [Miller, Jeff]
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About the Author

Jeff Miller grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, where Jerry Springer attended his temple and Pete Rose broke his heart. He’s rafted down the Rio Grande with folksinger Butch Hancock, co-created an award-winning mockumentary about table tennis, and performed and written for a public access sketch comedy series. Like many lawyers, the only thing he ever really wanted to do was write. The Bubble Gum Thief is his first book. He lives with his incredible wife, Kate, and their two young sons.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (4 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RZ07I6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Plenty of twists and turns, ending a little predictable but still a great read. First time reading book by this author, but won't be the last
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A brilliant debut which is engaging, thrilling and well written. I look forward to the next book, and seeing how the characters develop.
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Dagny Gray is an FBI Special Agent is just embarking on a new love affair when her anorexia, and drastic weight loss, causes her to be taken off active duty. Gray is sent to a course run by a maverick agent known as The Professor and the two form an unlikely alliance in the pursuit of a criminal who the newspapers are calling `The Bubble Gum Thief'. Whilst the BGT started with the relatively insignificant crime of stealing a pack of gum, his crimes begin to increase in severity and Gray and her team must catch him before he can achieve his ultimate aim.

It's a shame that this book has such an awful and off-putting title because it was an absorbing, well-planned, and executed, thriller which has very little to do with gum! The structure and narrative are logical without being formulaic and the writing is good. Dagny Gray is a likeable heroine, I don't know enough about anorexia to know if the portrayal is accurate but it did feel as if the author had done his research.

All the loose ends are tied up very neatly (which pleased me!) and the ending sets things up very nicely for another instalment. If you like thrillers, you'll probably find this is better quality and more thought provoking than the normal fare! Recommended.
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This is a cracking read and definitely the best crime novel that I have read in 2012.

The Bubble Gum Thief is a well written FBI detective hunt for an evil man whose crimes just get bigger and bigger. Can Special Agent Dagny and the Professor find the man before he starts killing more and more? And just how many crimes has he planned to commit in his unstoppable escalation?

I love the fallible yet committed Dagny who is completely driven. I love the plot of hunting down an evil villain. And I love the twists and turns through out.

* I have not written about anything that gives away the plot...which would detract from a great read! *

Jeff Miller's first book. Brilliant!
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By Quiverbow TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2012
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So titled because nicking a pack of bubblegum is the first crime the perpetrator commits (his next law breaking activity follows soon after when he sells drugs to a man for $600), FBI agent Dagny Gray is tasked with investigating the so called `Bubble Gum Thief' when his crimes become serious, but only because a government professor she is meant to be assisting in writing a book suggests it might be helpful to her. The investigation becomes personal when her boyfriend is shot dead by the as yet unknown killer.

True to form in crime novels, the main character has her own demons that surface at inappropriate times (in Gray's instance, it's her anorexia) and get in the way of proceedings. In addition, other than Gray, the only character we learn anything about is the offender, and even he can garner some sympathy when you understand the `why'. Her `wet-behind-the-ears' partner keeps everything about himself to himself, save for mentioning he has a fiancée. In fact, we know more about the perpetrator than seems necessary, but it's only a mild irritation in a decent first novel by Miller.

With a good portion set in Arlington, Virginia and Cincinnati, Ohio, two places he knows well, this is split into three distinct sections - the what, the who, and the where, something that actually makes this more enjoyable, as there's no annoying flitting about - and it doesn't take long for the FBI to identify the villain but a lot longer to actually find him. That his crimes aren't the greatest premise you'll ever read, it's the way in which each is exponential to the previous felony.
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The first crime is a theft: a packet of gum is taken and replaced with a card promising that the next crime will be bigger. The perpetrator keeps his promise, the crimes increasing in seriousness until the authorities are faced with the prospect of something truly horrible.

"The Bubble Gum Thief" is a joy from start to finish: well-researched, pacy, funny, and exciting. Special Agent Dagny (yes that is her name) Gray is an engaging heroine and she is helped and hindered by a host of great characters. "The Bubble Gum Thief" does not pretend to be great literature, but with writing this enjoyable who cares?
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2013
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The debut novel by Cincinnati-born lawyer Jeff Miller introduces FBI Special Agent Dagny Gray, who is in danger of losing her job on health grounds before she can solve the ongoing investigation into the so-called 'Bubble Gum Thief'. The label was given because the killer in this tale started his crime spree by stealing some gum and declaring it to be his first crime before more serious ones that take place at regular intervals. There's a method to his murderous madness, with Gray the most likely agent to catch him in time - provided she can stay with the FBI.

Although the investigation moves rather slowly, as does the escalation of the BGT's crimes to become the most widely covered by the US media, it's really more of a character-driven piece and in this regard it's a successful and entertaining debut outing in the form of Special Agent Gray. I will definitely consider buying any sequel to this.
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