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Description - The Sacred Art of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyre

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 .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780316859516
ISBN-10: 0316859516
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The Sacred Art of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyre

UK Kirkus Review » With one of the most baldly obscene opening paragraphs of any modern novel, The Sacred Art of Stealing slaps its way into orbit with more expletives than prepositions. But get through the gang-rap obscenity nonsense and there's a clever, off-beat storyline handled with funky dexterity. 30-year-old Detective Sergeant Angelique de Xavia is taken hostage in a bank robbery, run by a bizarre quintet of robbers dressed as clowns who entertain the bank staff by creating artworks on the blanked-out windows. De Xavia connects uncannily with Zal, one of the gang, and there is a mutual magnetism, even though the only part of him she can see through his mask is his fearsome blue eyes. Siege over, robbers on the run, they meet up face to face and she is much taken by the art-loving Las Vegas criminal. He understands her, the pressures of her job - well, he would, wouldn't he? The author casts his dry eye over the police, whores, the art world - and he always seems to come from a spiky new iconoclastic angle. The plot spirals slowly through gangland killings, revenge, art fraud and theft plus a sting operation. By now Angelique's in love with Zal, and he lures her into his world. She has to make a choice between collusion and honesty. If she catches Zal - and she has to try, he told her to - he'll be in prison, but if she lets her heart rule her head she'll lose him anyway as he goes to ground. Raw, obscene, irreverent, punchy and sarcastic, this is a book that smart young things will skip lunch over. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - 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, yes.

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