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No Such Creature: A Novel by Giles Blunt

No Such Creature: A Novel

by Giles Blunt

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Title:No Such Creature: A Novel
Authors:Giles Blunt
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (no date), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
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Tags:capers, scams, crime fiction,

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This quirky novel has just the right balance of foreseeable plot twists and unsavory characters. In other words, it's perfect to read at the end of a hectic term. ( )
  bsiemens | Apr 6, 2015 |
I like Giles Blunt's writing and figured it may not be as interesting as his John Cardinal books, he should be able to spin a good tale and he did. He brings you into the world of con men and thieves. The law provides no protection for them so they have to settle things on their own terms. If you need characters to fall in love with you will be challenged as few are of that ilk. The story is well constructed and does not drag along at any point. ( )
  rsummer | Feb 15, 2013 |
A stand-alone novel separate from his very good John Cardinal series. Grand-uncle Max and 18 year old Owen spend summers robbing rich homes during soirees. Becpome entangled with very bad guys after their loot. Tries to be funny about murder - didn't work for me. The US southwest is just blue screen. ( )
  maneekuhi | Mar 5, 2012 |
No Such Creature features Max & Owen Maxwell, an uncle-nephew heist team. Max & Owen rely on their wits and Max's theatrical training to pull off grand heists without the need for violence. Unfortunately for them, their most recent success draws the attention of another criminal who is no stranger to violence. Throw in the daughter of an old family friend who also has criminal tendencies and mayhem abounds. Though the main thrust of the novel is overlapping games of cat and mouse, it also has a rather sweet thread of what it means to be a family running throughout the narrative. No Such Creature is a comic and captivating caper that will tug at your heartstrings. ( )
  iubookgirl | Jul 6, 2010 |
Owen's been helping his only surviving relative - his Uncle Max - in robberies every summer for years, but at eighteen, is ready to move on from crime, specifically into Julliard to study acting. Unfortunately, their latest dinner party haul has caught the attention of an infamous group called the "Subtractors" - murderous thieves who prey on other thieves.

Max and Owen are those gentlemanly thieves who often exist in books, TV and movies, but that I have a hard time believing exist in real life. However unlikely, the Maxwell men are charming, sweet and funny, and as they travel across the country with their heist and with the Subtractors on their trail, you can't help but root for them.

This reminded me of Dave Barry's Big Trouble and some of Elmore Leonard's titles, with the large cast of characters, full of funny criminals with big hearts.

A light, charming read - recommended. ( )
1 vote kayceel | May 14, 2010 |
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Silver Dagger winner Giles Blunt delivers an exhilarating game of cat and mouse with a most unlikely—and likeable—pair of thieves

Eight years ago, Owen Maxwell was saved from a foster home by the arrival of his uncle Max from England. Once a promising Shakespearean actor, Magnus “Max” Maxwell has since put his dramatic skills to new use: a master of disguise, a virtuoso of foreign dialects, and a performer to his core, he has become an extremely successful gentleman thief. Every summer, Max and Owen take a road trip across the United States, pulling off elaborate robberies along the way. But this year is different. Their first, dazzlingly executed summer heist captures the interest of the Subtractors.

Long believed an urban myth, the Subtractors are a gang of vicious thieves who prey on other thieves. They will abduct a fellow crook known to have completed a lucrative job and proceed to “subtract” parts of his body until he tells them where they can find the loot. “No such creature,” Max says, when Owen first suspects that they may be in the Subtractors’ sights. But in this, as in so many things, Max will prove to be disastrously wrong.

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Every summer, gentleman thief Magnus "Max" Maxwell and his nephew Owen take a road trip across the United States, pulling off elaborate robberies along the way. This year is different. Their first, dazzlingly executed summer heist captures the interest of the Subtractors, a gang of vicious thieves who prey on other thieves.… (more)

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