The Smoke

The Smoke

A Creeping Narrative

Book - 2002
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Brought up in one of Londons famed street markets, Jethro the cat burglar is as smart as he is streetwise, which is just as well, since he always needs all of his wits about him to pull off the perfect job without getting caught. After he breaks into th Soviet embassy and steals jewels belonging to the ambassadors wife, Jethro comes to the attention of His Majestys Secret Service, who forces him to revisit the embassy to retrieve a code book for them. But this is all just a setup for a thief to catch a thief, and it leads to a deadly game of cat and mouse to see who will get to Jethro first: Londons gangsters, MI5, or one of the Soviets most formidable secret agents.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312290276
Branch Call Number: FIC Bro
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Dec 16, 2013

Really enjoyable, fast-moving, with witty and well-wrought characters. Jethro is a criminal with a heart of gold, but this story is not treacly; it's got crazy-scary villains and violence as well as work-a-day job and family life.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 30, 2013

Loved it. Jethro’s immensely likeable, and giving him the narrating voice was a stroke of brilliance by Broadbent. His irrepressible Cockney-isms and underground slang are a lot of fun to read, and the glossary in the front of the book translates most of his idioms. Will definitely be continuing with this series.


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