Charlie Howard - mystery writer and professional thief - is flush with the success of his Paris book reading when he agrees to show a novice the basics of his other trade by breaking into the man's own apartment. Trouble ensues when it turns out the apartment belongs to someone else. The next day, Charlie's fence hires him to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting - from the same address. Mere coincidence?
Charlie reckons there's no harm in finding out - until a dead body turns up in his living room. Hiding in a Montmartre hotel, Charlie tries to work out how to save his skin, while also placating his agent, Victoria, who has arrived unannounced in the mistaken belief that Charlie actually looks like the author photo he provided.
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The Thief of Time
I kept returning
The hero's flaws and bad choices just make me want to find out more. He's a bad liar, a bad womaniser, a bad drunk and bad at accents, but a good thief.
I felt that the narrator delivered the humour and the depth of the performance better than my own inner voice.
When Charlie found the corpse in his flat. Set up (again). Doh!
The author has the hero covering lots of the options that this reader could think of (and many I hadn't thought of). Nice to feel stretched by this 'read'. Despite having other books on the go, this quickly became my main listen.
- D. MacLeod