This is the third installment of Ewan’s clever and thoroughly entertaining Good Thief series. It’s a classic caper narrative with a touch of noir, an irresistibly cheeky and likable hero, magic, roulette and something called a “juice list” — which does not involve fruit. Ewan masterfully merges the comic with the thrilling in this fresh, captivating book.

Charlie Howard is a British writer moonlighting as a gentleman thief — or possibly the other way around. During an impulse trip to Las Vegas with his literary agent in tow, Charlie takes an instant dislike to Josh Masters, the headlining magician at the Fifty-Fifty casino, and plans to lift the $60K worth of chips in the man’s hotel safe. All goes according to plan until Howard spots a redhead floating facedown in Masters’ bathtub. Then Masters disappears during his act. The Fifty-Fifty owners believe Charlie’s in cahoots with Masters, and they give him an ultimatum: reimburse the house for the $60K — or else. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 304 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Michelle Wiener