The Sacred Art of Stealing

❴Reading❵ ➶ The Sacred Art of Stealing Author Christopher Brookmyre – Let us prey The press tend to talk about bank robberies as being daring ingenious and audacious They don’t describe many as Dadaist even the ones who know what ‘Dadaist’ means But how else does Let us prey The Art of PDF/EPUB ¼ press tend to talk about bank robberies as being daring ingenious and audacious They don’t describe many as Dadaist even the ones who know what ‘Dadaist’ means But how else does one explain choreographed dancing gunmen in Buchanan Street or the surreal methods they use to stay one step ahead of the copsAngeliue de Xavia is no art critic but she is a connoisseur of crooks and she’s sure that the heist The Sacred PDF/EPUB ² she got caught up in wasn’t the work of the usual sawn offs and black tights practitioners indigenous to the parish She knows she’s dealing with a uniue species of thief and it’s her job to hunt him to extinction – though the fact that it’s not just his mo that’s cute might prove a distractionThis thief however has greater concerns than his own safety and a secret agenda valuable than anything he might steal He can Sacred Art of ePUB ↠ 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 to do is to let her get too close; he could end up in jail which holds terrors enough; but even scary he could end up in loveHonesty is a virtue Deceit is a talent Theft is an art form The Sacred Art of Stealing prepare to be misled.The Sacred Art of Stealing

Christopher Brookmyre is a Art of PDF/EPUB ¼ 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 uite Ugly One Morning and subseuent 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 and All Fun and Games unti.

The Sacred Art of Stealing PDF ¶ Sacred Art of  ePUB
  • Paperback
  • 410 pages
  • The Sacred Art of Stealing
  • Christopher Brookmyre
  • English
  • 07 May 2016
  • 9780349114903

10 thoughts on “The Sacred Art of Stealing

  1. says:

    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 seuel Okay it's out in the UK but I can't seem to get my hands on a copyThis is a seuel 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 Angeliue a police officer Ray takes him down In this one Angeliue 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 writingAs with all Brookmyre it is not for the faint of stomach That said read it D

  2. says:

    Be warned this book contains language and humour This is a continuation of A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away if Brookmyre does one thing well he does do a good title If you are thinking of reading this it might be a good idea to read that one first although this is by far the better of the two booksThis novel is probably my favourite of all of his books but only just and they are mostly all so much fun and such page turners that it is hard to really pick between themAnother warning is that there comes a point in virtually all of his books when it is impossible to stop reading in this one perhaps when the two main characters end up in Paris for the weekend Brookmyre is laugh out loud funny which makes reading him on public transport uite something His stories are lightning fast beautifully crafted and a joy to readYou rarely have to wait for one of Brookmyre's books to get started The fact his characters also have interesting things to say in passing about racism nationalism religion violence the national health sex football and growing old doesn't hurt either

  3. says:

    This is loosely a follow on from A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away Same locale and the focus here in on the wonderfully named Angeliue de Xavia who played a large part in the previous bookDo you need to have read Big Boy to get everything here? No you'd be able to piece together the necessary inferences about what happened but it would somewhat spoil things should you then want to go back and read the preuelAnyway what I wrote in my review of that book still standsuite the high adventure Plenty of profanity satire and characters spouting misanthropic vitriol Took uite a bit of effort to parse the Scots lingo at times and there was some I still couldn't get The sports references sailed right by — I don't even follow American stuffThe cultural mismatch slowed down my reading so the hook didn't really sink in until one third of the book was gone but eventually the shenanigans should grab anyone Can't say that I think Brookmyre is the next greatest thing but still a fun readYup pretty much of the screwball same This seuel did have uite a bit salaciousness and while it has been a while since I read the first I believe he did a better job of developing his characters Oddly the only scene and relationship that might merit tittilating content got a soft focus soft core treatment The naughty bits were tangential to the story and intended to cause the reader to gawp and snickerCertainly good enough that I'm buying the next and last to feature this cast of characters­

  4. says:

    Having recently read A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away my first book by Christopher Brookmyre I was keen to get of that good stuffThe Sacred Art of Stealing is the next in the Angeliue De Xavier series and is every bit as good as the first one A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away It opens with a most original and imaginative bank heist a Situationist Dadaist type robbery which soon involves Angeliue dragged away from a Rangers game and soon abseiling into a developing hostage situation After which the plot goes in all kinds of unexpected and enjoyable directionsAnother winner from Christopher Brookmyre I look forward to reading of his work45

  5. says:

    I think this is my favourite Christopher Brookmyre book I couldn't put it down Whilst it's supposed to be a seuel to 'A big boy did it and ran away' aside from having Angeliue de Xavia in it it didn't feel like a seuel I don't think you really need to have read the first book to enjoy this one and I definitely think this was the better of the twoI absolutely loved every interaction between Angeliue and Zal Their chemistry and banter just sizzled off the page It felt odd in some ways that it was a Brookmyre novel I was reading; female cop falling for a bank robber sounded like a cliched chick lit book but with Brookmyre's humourous lines it worked so well I stayed up late reading because I wanted to see what happened between themBrookmyre has a brilliant talent for thinking up complex but hugely interesting plots and it was a fantastically well thought out bank robbery With a couple of the chapters I did feel my interest waning slightly with new characters being introduced that I didn't see what they were for but overall the book had me completely hooked

  6. says:

    Clever clever book well I susppose I mean clever clever author I love Christopher Brookmyre and have been listening to a few oh his superb narratives as audiobooks Totally recommend that as well listening to these words in a right Scottish accent makes the words even funnierThe language is flawless funny subtle to the point complex rude considered and utterly brilliantI expect that Mr Brookmyre will not be to everyone's taste and seriously it always takes a while to get into the bookat times you wonder how all these plots characters sub plots and intriging bits of character information could possible all be related And yet he pulls it together every time every time

  7. says:

    The Sacred Art of Stealing” takes place a relatively short time after its predecessor A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away” Angeliue has successfully thwarted the terrorist plot at Dubh Ardrain but she’s now in the process of paying the psychological toll for her efforts as the next crisis unfolds Though some of the cultural references went over my head I can still appreciate this book for its witty internal monologs and tongue in cheek exchanges Brookmyer offers a great deal of pointed social commentary in this way but there’s never a dull moment of philosophizing He fashions a distinguishable voice for each character and fully commits to their mentality on command I was eually appalled whether reading the incendiary beliefs of Walter’s conservatism or the staightforward grittiness of Harry’s depravity Yet the thing I love most of all is Angeliue’s ‘larger than life’ presence in the midst of such a robust cast of characters She’s an empowered multi demensional female battling criminal extremism and the good ole' boys club one day at a time How many other Scottish Ugandan counterintelligence officers have you read about?It’s refreshing Lord knows the existence of books like these are few and far between

  8. says:

    The Sacred Art of Stealing the Readers HeartI can’t even remember why I picked this book up but from the moment I did I didn’t want to put it down It doesn’t start when you’d expect and it keeps the reader on a rollercoaster all the way through The idea of the original bank heist was sheer brilliance even made me finish reading “Waiting for Godot” yes reading I’ve never seen it though I would like to This was the first Brookmyre I ever read and so didn’t have the background on Angeliue that came in the previous book “A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away” but trust me it doesn’t distract from this book in the leastThe characters are well realised and the action is so twisted and amusing that at times I was left crying with laughter the ending worked particularly well Only one word of warning if you find out a little Celtic vs Rangers background it will help or you could just accept that there are some references that will go over you head I took the second option and it didn’t spoil the book at allWould recommend this book to anyone

  9. says:

    I don't remember much about this one except that I enjoyed it immensely and that it was extremely funny Oh and the clowns Bank robbers dressed as clowns

  10. says:

    Second book featuring Glasgow DI Angeliue de Xavia this was a most surreal caper story with the author's trademark humor and a bit of romance

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