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Book Title: The Sacred Art of Stealing|
The author of the book: Christopher Brookmyre
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 816 KB
Date of issue: 2003
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Read full description of the books The Sacred Art of Stealing:Oh, this was great! Paul recommended it, but warned that many of the Scottish cultural references would go over my head. Sure enough, I think I missed about half of it (resulting in a late-night karate lecture on the Celtics vs. Rangers issues) but I really loved the book anyway, and I think Zal is now my favorite fictional character. I can't wait to read the upcoming sequel! (Okay, it's out in the UK, but I can't seem to get my hands on a copy.)
This is a sequel to _A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away_ (the one with the gamer (Ray) who runs into his old friend Simon Darcourt, who has become a terrorist, and together with Angelique (a police officer) Ray takes him down). In this one, Angelique is dealing with the aftermath of having taken down a terrorist, and being alternately idolized and rebuked by her department. On her 30th birthday, they call her in to end a standoff at a bank robbery. Instead, she's taken hostage by the robbers, and discovers a very odd robbery with an even odder ringleader, with whom she discovers she shares an alarming attraction. Things only get weirder from there. :)
Part of the attraction of the book (other than the usual Brookmyre humor and cutting insight into everyday people) is the way Zal outthinks not only the other characters in the book, but the reader. I have to admit, I'm one of those people who can usually guess who done it by the middle of a book, and I loved how every time I thought I understood the situation, I was one step behind Zal. That was some good writing.
As with all Brookmyre, it is not for the faint of stomach. That said, read it! :D
Read information about the authorChristopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said "was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30", and All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye (2005).
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