The Sacred Art of Stealing, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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 ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349114903



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A good, fast-moving read. Brookmyre tells a solid heist story with some nice twists and turns and a big dollop of ill-starred romance, and he has a good eye for an engaging character. The writing style is wry and darkly funny without dropping into "humour" territory. He also conjures a brilliant evocation of Glasgow, both its good and bad aspects, that makes me want to go back and see the place again.