The Burglar by Thomas PerryThe Burglar by Thomas Perry

The Burglar

byThomas Perry

Hardcover | January 18, 2019

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From the New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry, who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks" (Stephen King), comes a new thriller about an unlikely burglar - a young woman in her 20s - who realizes she must solve a string of murders, or else become the next victim Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by - she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the high-profile murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion."
Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series, Forty Thieves, and The Butcher's Boy, which won the Edgar Award. He lives in Southern California.
Title:The BurglarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 18, 2019Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802129005

ISBN - 13:9780802129000

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast, tight, and meticulous! The Burglar is a sinister, unpredictable thriller that takes us into the life of Elle Stowell, a young thief who finds herself unexpectedly mixed up in a triple homicide when she chooses the wrong house to rob. The writing is smooth and tense. The characters are inquisitive, meticulous, and tough. And the plot is a suspenseful tale of corruption, deception, betrayal, greed, violence, murder, and the art of burglary. There is no doubt that Perry has an incredible knowledge into the intricacies of security and surveillance and can weave a sinister tale that’s dark and twisty. And even though I thought the storyline of The Burglar was clever and entertaining, I would have liked to connect with the protagonist just a tiny bit more.
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointing Read The "The Burglar" is the story of twenty-four year old Elle, a burglar who steals valuables and sells them to support her lifestyle. One burglary attempt becomes a serious problem when she finds three murdered people in the home she has entered. From this point the reader becomes immersed in Elle's attempts to flee from people who are stalking her. She starts to investigate this murder, and along the way other murders occur as well. Eventually Elle's investigation leads to an art theft conspiracy. While the book started off well, far too soon I found it tedious. A very disappointing read. Edit
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cat-and-mouse thriller The Burglar by Thomas Perry introduces the reader to Elle Stowell, a twenty-something female burglar who jogs on the streets of high-end neighborhoods in Los Angeles, while casing for possible targets. She travels light before and after her break-ins: she steals cash and jewelry that can easily be sold for a percentage of the value. While breaking into a gallery owner's mansion, Elle stumbles upon three dead bodies. Who are they and why were they all shot? She soon realizes that someone is looking for her and that it has to do with the murders. She does not know if they are friend or foe. Why is she being followed? Elle will need all of her burglary skills to get to the bottom of this mystery and to save herself. This novel excels at the cat-and-mouse thriller genre. The tension builds throughout and this is a most enjoyable read. Thomas Perry never disappoints. Thank you to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-02-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Thomas Perry Perry... builds suspense with all the subtlety of a master chef nursing a risotto to a buttery perfection. It's nothing new to call Perry a master of the genre, but it's no less true for being widely acknowledged." - Booklist "Perry is a master of plotting... Most readers know him from his Jane Whitefield 'disappeared' series. His thrillers, of which this is one of the best, are even better." -Globe and Mail (Toronto) "Perry delivers a perfect melding of character and plot, light and dark, and he totally immerses the reader in an irresistible narrative." - Booklist, "Top 10 Crime Novels of the Year," on Forty Thieves "Since his Edgar Award-winning debut novel, The Butcher's Boy . . . Thomas Perry has put together a rewarding string of suspense novels with as much cool competence as some of his best protagonists bring to their work . . . Perry's a real pro." - Shelf Awareness, on The Old Man "Mr. Perry, in this first-rate thriller, proves as cagy as his criminal mastermind: The reader rarely anticipates his next move. He balances breathtaking suspense with romantic intrigue."-Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal, on The Bomb Maker "