THE BURGLAR: A NOVEL, By Thomas Perry, Mysterious Press/Publishers Group Canada/Grove Atlantic


From Thomas Perry 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.

Out January 8, 2019

304 pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a cross-genre, a blend of a detective crime story and a thriller.  The premise is what initially intrigued me.  I loved the whole concept of a female burglar stumbling upon a triple murder and she could have been caught on tape.  I love the idea of a female burglar breaking in to homes of the rich using meticulous planning.  As I was reading the book, faint deja vous moments of a former Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman movie kept creeping into my noggin.

Only this book had a few obvious differences.

It’s a steady page-turner and moves along nicely.  The plot has a lot of twisty moments and I love the author’s voice.  The main character seemed hollow to me at times and I wonder if this is a typical moment of a man writing from the perspective of a woman. To do so, a man would have to get into the woman’s head… how many men can do that?

God help them if they do 😉

Overall, Thomas Perry did a great job as only he could.

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