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av Matthew Dicks

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A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best in the business. Of course, he only takes items that will go unnoticed by the homeowners. Even though he has never met these homewoners, he's spent hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals. He's developed a friendship of sorts with them, and accordingly he decides to intervene though it means breaking many of his twitchy, neurotic rules.… (mer)
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What a clever idea for a book. Lovely. ( )
  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
I am constantly reading book reviews and blogs looking for my next Great Read, but I had never heard of this book until I recently stumbled upon it on the Staff Recommends shelf at my local library. I am so glad I read it because it turns out this is a diamond in the rough! So many of the books that get glowing reviews aren’t all that! (I guess they just have a better publicity machine.)

This is a quirky little novel about Martin, a house robber, who has OCD and a conscience.

Martin is meticulous about everything from his rigorous due diligence in selecting his long-term “clients” (the people he is going rob), to what items he actually takes from each client (usually household items like toilet paper and laundry detergent-rarely jewelry and silver). He has back up plans for his back up plans. And he knows his clients very well since he has had most of them for years. He knows all about their personal lives, both triumphs and tragedies, but never allows himself to get involved, just goes about his job of robbing them. But one day something in his routine changes and he subsequently gets trapped in the house of one of his clients when they are home. Overhearing his client on the phone he realizes that he can help his client out, and thus begins his stint as a “guardian angel” for several of his clients.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but can see why some people would find it boring. Since Martin has OCD there is a lot of detail about how he goes about doing EVERYTHING and why. But there is a lot of dramatic tension (will he get caught) and humor (the scenes with Alfredo the Parrot are very funny) to keep the reader’s attention and interest.

This is an original and charming debut novel that I am so glad I didn’t miss!
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  tshrope | Jan 13, 2020 |
A fun, quirky novel about a lifetime professional thief with OCD who steals everyday household supplies that nobody would ever notice are missing. ( )
  patl | Feb 18, 2019 |
I LOVED this book! I love the idea of an OCD career thief, taking such time and effort to rob people (clients) in such a way that they never notice anything has gone missing! I think Martin would probably drive me crazy, though, if we were friends.... But he's clearly someone you want on your side in your time of need! ( )
  trayceetee | Apr 9, 2018 |
Picked this up as it sounded a little off and humourous. It has been on my to-be-read shelf for a while. I also took a bit of time to read it.

It started off fine, but did get a bit tedious with all the detail about Martin and his career of crime. But then I should have expected it as he is a criminal with OCD. His OCD is what has allowed him to get away with his crimes for so many years.

His choice of items to steal are things like toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent and other items found in the usual home inventory. He doesn't take large quantities, only what might be on the average shopping list. His attention to detail has allowed him to have a list of repeate clients he can visit (steal from) for a good number of years.

The thing with Martin is that his life is extremely predictable and limited. It is not that he could discuss work with any of his few friends. He has a part-time job at a coffee shop (a Starbucks style) that covers for that. But still, he prefers a limited number of friends. But all that changes when he does something to help improve some of his clients' lives. He meets Laura and finds that he may be falling in love.

Martin's attention to detail, his klutziness and his neuroticism are entertaining at times but for me got a little tedious. It does pick up in the last third and I did find myself a bit tense with the action that happened. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Aug 10, 2017 |
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Despite his obsessive-compulsive work ethic, Martin manages to get himself in trouble over a toothbrush — but not before we’ve decided to let him in next time he calls.
 
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A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best in the business. Of course, he only takes items that will go unnoticed by the homeowners. Even though he has never met these homewoners, he's spent hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals. He's developed a friendship of sorts with them, and accordingly he decides to intervene though it means breaking many of his twitchy, neurotic rules.

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