The Sacred Art Of Stealing

The Sacred Art Of Stealing

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Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl and he was the son of a rich industrialist.Er, no, this is a Christopher Brookmyre novel, although the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank-robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask. He is an art-thief par excellence and she is a connoisseur of crooks. Her job is to hunt him to extinction; his is to avoid being caught and he also has a secret agenda more valuable than anything he might steal. There are risks he can take without jeopardising his plans. He can afford to play cat-and-mouse with the female cop who's on his tail; it might even arguably be necessary. What he can't afford is to let her get too close: he could could end up in jail or, even more scary, he could end up in love more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 28mm | 281.23g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349114900
  • 9780349114903
  • 96,435

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Exhilarating linguistic fluency and keenly subversive intelligence * SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY * Brookmyre has no equal. * MAXIM * Chris Brookmyre is a genius. * DAILY MIRROR * A thriller, love story, social satire and a warning against taking absurdism too seriously.. * TIME OUT * Exhilarating linguistic fluency and keenly subversive intelligence * Scotland on Sunday * Brookmyre has no equal * Maxim * A thriller, love story, social satire and a warning against taking absurdism too seriously * Time Out * Chris Brookmyre is a genius * Daily Mirror *show more

About Christopher Brookmyre

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since the publication of A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow. Oh, more

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Chris Brookmyre is a genius Daily Mirrorshow more

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2,883 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 46% (1,319)
4 40% (1,146)
3 12% (348)
2 2% (50)
1 1% (20)

Our customer reviews

"I try not to be too judgemental of authors, or to be overly analytical of novels. If the author succeeds in taking my imagination for a ride then then I tend to have a favourable view. I found the book to be very refreshing in terms of the plot and the writing style quite poetic at times. I did feel Brookmyre's style to be a little verbose on occasion although this did not detract from my enjoyment overall. I have read other reviews and I agree that there are some lapses in the pace. Personally, the slower moments made me look forward to the developments I just knew were around the corner. I'd like to think that the variation within the book was intentional, to promote such emotions. I always enjoy finding something a little different. Brookmyre ranks alongside Irvine Welsh, Iain Banks, and Kevin Sampson in terms of giving me a break from the norm. I look forward to reading more and hope I enjoy his other work as much. "show more
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