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Charlie Huston

Author of Already Dead

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Works by Charlie Huston

Already Dead (2005) 1,372 copies
Caught Stealing: A Novel (2004) 885 copies
No Dominion (2006) 698 copies
Six Bad Things (2005) 638 copies
Half the Blood of Brooklyn (2007) 557 copies
Every Last Drop (2008) 518 copies
A Dangerous Man (2006) 515 copies
Sleepless (2010) 485 copies
My Dead Body (2009) 423 copies
The Shotgun Rule (2007) 354 copies
Skinner (2013) 168 copies

Associated Works

A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007) — Contributor — 78 copies
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contributor — 39 copies


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It’s been three days; Circe is still missing. And her mother, Iva, is desperate.

Sid Catchpenny, who for the last fourteen years has suffered with major depression, has the ability to capture magic [mojo] and to move through mirrors, a skill that made him a much sought-after thief. So when his friend, Francois, asks Sid to help find his granddaughter, he tries to shake off his depression and help.

What happened to Circe? And does Sid have enough mojo to find her and bring her home?


Less a mystery than a journey of self-discovery for main character Sidney, the unfolding story is one of magic, hope, and promises. Peculiar and eccentric, the characters are, nevertheless, nuanced and believable. And, although Sid is not always likable, readers are sure to find him a mostly empathetic character.

The inimitable plot is a complex, captivating escapade filled with danger, humor, and tenderness; with some unexpected turns, it keeps the magical tale unfolding, often in surprising ways.


The only disconnect here is the repeated and unnecessary expletive certain to offend many readers; its overuse lowers the rating for the book.

I received a free copy of this book from Knopf, Pantheon, Vintage, and Anchor Vintage and NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
#Catchpenny #NetGalley
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jfe16 | 1 other review | Jan 24, 2024 |
CATCHPENNY, by Charlie Huston, is the story of Sidney Catchpenny, a thief who has learned the magical art of travelling places through mirrors and who specializes in stealing items imbued with mojo, a magical and powerful essence. Sid is offered a job too good to be true where he can right his debts and make some money, but quickly and adeptly Sid starts to figure out the job he is offered is not the job that he is really supposed to do. Old friends and foes come out of the shadows and Sid can't trust anyone. When simple theft becomes cataclysmic stakes, Sid struggles with doing the right thing for humanity and the right thing to do for Sid.
Wrought with flaws and full of skepticism, Sid is a likeable character who has a dry wit and a good heart. He is being used and/or played the entire book, but somehow keeps besting his opponents. The supportive cast of characters are colorful, unique, and dastardly in all the best ways. The mystery unfolds and everything starts to connect to everything else is an excited way and tension builds as the book moved forward. The mirror travelling and use of mojo is mystifying and confusing to the world the reader is introduced too but also is confusing to the reader. It's a palpable vibe and yet unable to be captured, more like it can be coerced and manipulated. I wanted to understand it better as I was reading, but even without my grasp of it, I still enjoyed the book very much.
I would call CATCHPENNY a mystery/thriller with a sci-fi component. It's uniqueness leaves an impression on the reader and the book ends with a satisfying conclusion.
Thank you to Knopf, Pantheon, Vintage, and Anchor publishers, Charlie Huston, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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EHoward29 | 1 other review | Jan 2, 2024 |
Audiobook version. The premise was interesting, but I couldn't get past the first 45 minutes. The gaming references were incomprehensible to me and I just couldn't connect.
Doodlebug34 | 27 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
Still not sure how I feel about this series. I like the character but the story was still a little weak for me. I own the third one and that is going to be my last if it doesn't pick up.
cdaley | 14 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |



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