The Burglar by Thomas Perry

The Burglar

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 val...


Details The Burglar

TitleThe Burglar
ISBN9780802129000
Author
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherMysterious Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Crime
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Reviews The Burglar

  • Kaceey
    1970-01-01
    Over the years I’ve been aware of books by Thomas Perry and always wanted to read one. For some unknown reason I just never picked one up. When I saw Mr. Perry’s latest release, I was excited, here was my chance! The premise grabbed my attention right away!Elle is living the life of a cat burglar in Los Angeles. No fly-by-night operation… she’s has been doing it for years. Expertly slipping in and out of empty homes as fast as possible. A...
  • Susanne Strong
    1970-01-01
    3 Stars.Elle is not just your ordinary gal. She’s fit, smart and she knows how to make a quick get away. Her career is one most people would never admit to, yet all of her closest friends know about it. She’s a burglar and she quite good at it. On what she thinks will be a routine burglary, Elle happens upon a crime scene. Once she discovers it, her life is in danger. From then on it’s a game of cat and mouse. Elle is being chased - but by ...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    I will admit to being drawn to this because of its blurb. A young female burglar stumbles across a murder scene while robbing a house and then someone starts trying to track her down. The problem was that the book didn’t come across as believable. The burglaries at the beginning don’t come across as doable. Time issues seem to be very fluid. Initially, Elle seems incredibly dense and slow on the uptake. Flip side, we’re expected to believe ...
  • Sumit RK
    1970-01-01
    Elle Stowell is smart, intelligent and perhaps the most skilled female burglar since Catwoman (ie Selina Kyle not the Halle Berry one). Elle approaches every robbery job with meticulous planning and carries it out with perfect execution. But things go wrong when she breaks into an L.A. mansion and walks into a triple murder scene. Soon, she becomes the target of a group of professional killers. As the killers’ search for her intensifies, Elle m...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    Elle is young and attractive and lives in Los Angeles. You are reminded of this approximately 8 million times. Elle is a burglar. You are reminded of this approximately 8 million times. Elle knows what she's doing. You are also reminded of this approximately 8 million times. Elle changes clothes and cars approximately 8 million times, interspersed with "plot." Here is the "plot": Elle makes mistakes and gets in trouble. You are reminded of this a...
  • Mackey
    1970-01-01
    In the crime fiction genre, few authors are as well known as Thomas Perry and few books are written as intelligently as those he has authored. Fans of his anti-hero thrillers are in for a treat with Perry's newest, The Burglar.Elle is a unique burglar. She takes great care to blend into her surroundings, often appearing as a wealthy sorority girl just out for a run. She scopes out the houses meticulously, insuring that there will be no mistakes a...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    1970-01-01
    Unexpectedly different!As far as professions go, I would miserably fail at burglar. For one, I am always amazed at the way thieves can think of making profits…some of these things don’t even enter my mind. And secondly, I don’t have a callus and stealth it takes to climb up walls, deal with watch dogs, alarms or the sheer anxiety of it all (Thankfully I don’t have to!). Unlike the main protagonist in this novel!“L” or Elle, is a profe...
  • Maureen Carden
    1970-01-01
    I have been a fan of Thomas Perry since the publication of his first book, the Edgar winning The Butcher’s Boy through the Jane Whitman series and then into a number of standalones. Perry’s latest The Burglar can stand proudly with the rest of Perry’s books. Perry has always been a master of instruction, whether it is how to nation build, then hold a small island; to how to permanently go into hiding or how to obtain perfect fake i.d. in th...
  • Selena
    1970-01-01
    I received a free e-copy of The Burglar by Thomas Perry from NetGalley for my honest review. Elle Stowell, is a burglar. She isn't just any burglar. She is a an amazing burglar who knows all the tricks of being a master of the trade. The writing is suburb and makes you feel like you are there beside her, as she is breaking into homes. The details of the burglary, such as getting in, escaping, running if needed, etc were very entertaining. Elle de...
  • Tim
    1970-01-01
    This story is not up the high standards of Thomas Perry I've become accustomed to. The heroine spends more time being chased and victimized than pulling off rad moves. 4 of 10 stars
  • Monica
    1970-01-01
    I'm going with 2.5 stars, rounded up. There were a few parts of this story I found really engaging: a strong female, independent, circle of interesting, like-minded friends (thieves). Most parts seemed like I was reading a how-to manual for a do it yourself MacGyver character. I never felt overly attached to our heroine. Her emotions were mostly flat, even when a rational person would have been grieving and tormented, she seemed detached from eve...
  • Linda Strong
    1970-01-01
    REVIEW TO BE POSTED 1/8/19
  • Dee Arr
    1970-01-01
    Thomas Perry has created an interesting way to mix a suspense thriller with a detective story. Elle is the title’s burglar, a woman who happens to choose the wrong house to rob and ends up becoming a witness to a murder scene. With no one to turn to for help, Elle goes on the run, dodging danger as she attempts to learn why three people were killed.Author Thomas Perry deftly handles a difficult job. With much of the beginning of the book lackin...
  • Linda Strong
    1970-01-01
    Elle Stowell is a thief. She chooses the houses to steal from carefully. She looks at wealthy neighborhoods, studies the inhabitants until she knows their schedules by heart, and tries to destroy nothing on her forays. She goes for the small items ...money and jewelry mostly.She's been highly successful .. until tonight. While exploring the house chosen for tonight she experiences something she could never have imagine. In the mater bedroom, 3 bo...
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    I chose to read this book because the protagonist is a young woman, Elle, whose profession is burglary. I think this is an odd profession for a female and I was intrigued. The story really takes off when Elle is in the midst of burglarizing a house and finds three dead bodies who were killed while having sex - two women and a man.Some parts of this book were really pretty good and others were just too matter-of-fact. I didn't really connect with ...
  • Monnie
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book, but I admit it's a rather strange one. The title "burglar" is Elle, who has been on her own almost since she can remember - surviving by becoming adept at the ins and outs of theft (more to the point, how to get in and get out without getting caught). By now, she's got it down to a science; her powers of observation and tricks of the trade at times nearly obliterating the line of credibility. And then, she enters a hou...
  • Skip
    1970-01-01
    Very weak effort from a good author. Elle is a burglar, small, petite, and disciplined, who plots her heists carefully; however, when she discovers a triple murder in a house she is robbing, she becomes hunted herself. The best part of this book is the terror/tension created by author Perry, as she narrowly escapes several attempts on her life. Eventually, she goes on the offensive, tracking down the people trying to kill her in their black Tahoe...
  • Bam
    1970-01-01
    *3-3.5 stars= a good thriller.Ell Stowell has been a burglar since she was fourteen; it's how she supports herself. She stakes out the homes of the extremely wealthy, takes any cash or jewelry she can find, and so far has never been caught. But on a recent job, she finds 3 dead bodies in a house she thought was empty. Two women and a man had been engaging in a manage a trois when shot and Ell finds that a film camera is still running. She takes t...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    Perry introduces us to Elle Stowell, cat burglar extraordinaire, who inadvertently discovers a triple murder in the course of one of her break-ins. Elle is an unrepentant thief that plies her trade in the homes of the super wealthy living in the Los Angeles metro area. The reader will enjoy getting to know this charming, highly skilled burglar. Unfortunately, the plot is pretty far-fetched and ‘body count’ excessive. However, it is still a fu...
  • Dan
    1970-01-01
    Thomas Perry usually provides well-written, easy-to-read, propulsive entertainment. That’s true with The Burglar too, his most recent novel. But The Burglar feels more formulaic than other Perry novels, with less character development. Perry being Perry, he maintained my interest throughout, but my interest was due to Perry’s typical injection of action-action-action rather than any fascination with Elle Stowell, his lead character, or the ot...
  • Zoe
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars!Fast, tight, and meticulous!The Burglar is a sinister, unpredictable thriller that takes us into the life of Elle Stowell, a young thief who finds herself unexpectedly mixed up in a triple homicide when she chooses the wrong house to rob.The writing is smooth and tense. The characters are inquisitive, meticulous, and tough. And the plot is a suspenseful tale of corruption, deception, betrayal, greed, violence, murder, and the art of bur...
  • Donna Davis
    1970-01-01
    Thomas Perry’s tightly plotted suspense novels always keep me on the edge of my chair. Big thanks go to Net Galley and Mysterious Press for the review copy. This book will be available to the public January 8, 2019. Our protagonist is Elle, a twenty-four-year-old Californian that is also a professional burglar. She was raised by relatives that ditched her when she was barely grown, and so she makes her living taking jewelry from rich people’s...
  • Pattyh
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The Burglar by Thomas Perry. It is an honor to read any of Mr. Perry's novels. I have been a fan for a long time - The Burglar is his new installment to his stand alone collection. A young woman with a shady background has integrated herself in the LA area. She appears quite normal - small, pretty, and "normal". But she's all but normal - she's a thief. She makes her living robbing rich houses an...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    1970-01-01
    This review can also be found on my blog!I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.DNF at 23%After reading the amazing An Anonymous Girl, I knew that any thriller that came after it would have a tough act to follow. And, this one was, sadly, the book that followed. I made it 23% into the book and I couldn’t care about it.Elle is a burglar and she wants you to believe that she’s amazing at it. But, she stumbles into a...
  • Mandy White
    1970-01-01
    The Burglar by Thomas Perry was a fast read for me and in the beginning I was hooked. Sadly it did not continue for the whole book. I was intrigued by the premise of a young female burglar in LA but felt that it went slightly off in the middle and end. The ending was so full of art jargon that I lost interest quickly. Also Elle came across as very cold which was disappointing.Elle is a young woman with an unlikely profession... she stakes out the...
  • Rissa
    1970-01-01
    The Burglar ⭐She is scouting out her next house when everything starts to fall apart. I like that she uses her brain when stealing and making a quiet get away. It showed that even though she is a bad person she has the capability to do more with her life because of her knowledge and skills. I really enjoyed the writing and the protagonist was fun and likeable and it was a really good book. Thank you so much to booksgosocial via netgalley for se...
  • Sheri
    1970-01-01
    Thomas Perry has written numerous thrillers and I've heard so many great things about his writing. This book was an easy and enjoyable read, however, it was lacking severely in character development. As the title suggests, the main character is a highly skilled burglar and during a home burglary she stumbles on a serious crime. Now, here's where it gets a little tricky. As much as I did enjoy reading the story, I found most of it to be unbelievab...
  • Ela
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC! 3.5 StarsI really like the premise of this book, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. I liked it but didn't love it, I just felt something was missing, Also, I felt the ending could've been more thoroughly wraped up, instead we are left with questions and of course a possibility of a series.
  • Larry
    1970-01-01
    Elle Stowell is a professional burglar at the age of 24, and with half a life's experience. She's smart, fast, and tough, but nothing in her experience prepares her for what she finds when breaking into the residence of wealthy people in LA. Only her quick wits and highly developed skills keep her alive while she discovers the nature of her pursuers.Perry delivers the goods as usual, and then some.
  • Amy-GallivantingPages
    1970-01-01
    *** 4 Stars ****Elle is a badass little lady who also happens to be a professional burglar. Initially I wondered how Thomas Perry would make this interesting because reading about some girl stealing people's stuff and selling it doesn't sound very thrilling to me. But, boy was I wrong; immediately the story line kick up with continued intensity throughout the remainder of the book. Elle breaks into a home and upon entering finds a murder scene wi...