- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349114900
- ISBN-13: 978-0349114903
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.8 x 16.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sacred Art Of Stealing Paperback – 4 Sep 2003
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A thriller, love story, social satire and a warning against taking absurdism too seriously.. (TIME OUT)
Chris Brookmyre is a genius. (DAILY MIRROR)
Brookmyre has no equal. (MAXIM)
Exhilarating linguistic fluency and keenly subversive intelligence (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)
A robbery in Glasgow might not seem an unusual background for a crime novel - until it's put into the hands of Britain's leading satirist ...See all Product Description
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The oddest bank robbery ever takes place in Buchanan St and de Xavia ends up as part of the show. Still not over the events in the previous book (a terrorist attack at a Scottish dam) she is feeling restless (it being her 30th birthday doesn't help). And her response to the robbers' leader clashes pretty seriously with her professional responsibilities.
The book has as much anger as you expect from Brookmyre, and while not as funny as "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night" it can certainly cause you to embarrass yourself on crowded transport - several LOLs are a cert.
As usual there are the comparisons to Hiassen, but reading Brookmyre I get something I never get from Hiassen's books - I know where he is coming from. I recognise the backdrop and the politics, and it gives it so much more meaning. It was years before I knew about the provenance of some of Hiassen's characters (sugar - say no more) and it adds so much more. Brookmyre is a damn fine writer - but I can't help looking forward to each book even more because I recognise so much that is brilliantly transferred into print.
And the evil treatment of a right wing journalist should certainly warn anyone who intends to argue his politics of what the response may be!
Some of them (Boiling A Frog, Not The End Of The World) are a bit of a struggle to get to the end but this is fantastic. To read it you really need to have read it's predecessor A Big Boy... as it introduces Angelique to you and there are references to events in the previous book. As a work on it's own merits it does stand out. In my opinion the closer Brookmyre sticks to home (Boiling A Frog being an exception) the more likely he is to hit the mark also the more elaborate the setting or plot the more easily distracted he becomes.
I won't spoil the plot but this is based upon a daring bank raid carried out by American crooks in Buchanan St in Glasgow and concerns a game of cat and mouse between the cop (Angelique) and the lead robber. There are Glasgow gangsters and American hardmen thrown in as well but the plot never gets too carried away. It really is riveting but does fall away a bit in the final third but the first half of the book more than makes up for that.
If you are to own some if not all Brookmyre books then this along with Quite Ugly One Morning, A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away and also One Fine Day... are the ones to have. The rest
though quite good in their own right never seem as good as this or One Fine Day.
A very Worthwhile Read.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and will probably read it again very soon, just to check out exactly how the plot was set and then unravelled so magnificently. If you're after a good read, and a few laughs along the way, this is your book.
As a bonus, Brookmyre is a very talented writer who uses language cleverly and is a pleasure to read. Highly recommended, but beware reading in public places as you'll be laughing out loud!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent story line with a rich sprinkling of humour.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A daring bank robbery in broad daylight puts detective Angelique De Xavier on the trail of a highly intelligent, highly motivated and highly unusual thief. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phil Leader
A bit too clever for its own good this book. Too many words to push this convoluted story forward. The humour is good in places but I thought some of the expletives and crude stuff... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Monster D.
what a twisted plot and written with such a wicked sense of humour that i almost bit through my lip trying to hold my laughter in in a crowded roomPublished 6 months ago by sandy robertson
Smart and funny and on the money and what more do you need to know? Read, weep and buy the next one.Published 18 months ago by HD
I'm in the process of re-reading all the Brookmyres (inspired by the latest Parlabane), and for me, this is one of the best. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Whoever
Brilliant story telling, entertaining, gripping and (as usual), insightful and imaginative. CB always gets the characters right.
Looking forward to the next one.
As a great fan of Tom Sharpe in my teenage years, I think I've at last found an author to match that biting humour. A simple story of boy meet girl... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Claptout