The Sacred Art of Stealingby Christopher Brookmyre
A darkly funny Scottish crime caper involving bank robbers, hostage-taking, and one wholly unexpected romance
A robbery in Scotland might not seem like an unusual background for a crime novel—until it’s put into the hands of one of the U.K.’s leading satirists, Christopher Brookmyre. Now available for the first time in the U.S., The Sacred Art of Stealing is narrative catnip for fans of crime fiction laced with dark humor.
This is how the story goes: Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl and he was the son of a rich industrialist . . . Well, 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 Zal Innez’s eyes were the only part of him that Angelique de Xavia could see behind his mask. Angelique had enough to be fed up about before the embarrassment of being a cop taken hostage by the most bizarrely unorthodox crooks ever to set foot in Glasgow. Disillusioned, disaffected and chronically single, she’s starting to take stock of the sacrifices she’s made for a job that’s given her back nothing but grief. So when her erstwhile captor has the chutzpah to phone her at work and ask her out on a date, Angelique finds herself in no great hurry to turn him in. She knows now that the cops will never love her back, but maybe one of the robbers will.
“Hiaasen is one of America’s finest satirists. Brookmyre is Britain’s.”—Observer (UK)
“Brookmyre is a genius.”—Daily Mirror (UK)
“A thriller, love story, social satire and a warning against taking absurdism seriously.”—Time Out (UK)
“Vintage Brookmyre—equal parts adrenaline and empathy, a plot that opens out like a Japanese flower dropped in hot water, and characters so real you want to reach through the page and save them.”—Diana Gabaldon, on The Last Hack
“A highly entertaining writer—his books have won awards for their comic as well as their crime-fiction elements—Brookmyre is tenacious when it comes to exploring the most cynical aspects of his characters while peppering his writing with amusing and spot-on details.”—Boston Globe, on The Last Hack
“Hair-raising . . . [A] devilishly complicated mystery. Don’t even try to guess the outcome.”—New York Times Book Review, on Black Widow