narrated by Jefferson Mays
About the Book
Martin has made quite an interesting career for himself, stealing from the same "clients" for over ten years. Through meticulous research he has learned about these couples in detail - their likes and dislike, their routines, their schedules - and he feels like he knows them even though he's never seen them face to face. He usually steals small things (half-empty bottles of salad dressing, vegetables on the verge of going bad, drain cleaner from the back of the closet, etc.), but occasionally he'll take something bigger if he knows it won't be missed. Through the years he's come to care about his clients, so when he suspects that one of them is in grave danger he knows he has to do something to protect her.
Why I Read It
This is not the kind of book I'd have picked up on my own, but I heard the author speak on a podcast and was totally captivated by him. He's hilarious! He talked about how he feels that more people should be writing because so many people have stories to tell. At one event an 80-something year old woman came up to him and told him that one day she was going to write a book because she had a story inside of her. His response? That she'd better hurry up and get started! LOL You can listen to Matthew Dicks on the Books On The Nightstand podcast at this link: http://booksonthenightstand.com/2011/04/botns-podcast-125-because-you-asked-for-it.html You won't regret it!
This book is quirky and unique and oddly fascinating. It doesn't move quickly and not a great deal happens, but it is strangely enjoyable all the same. I couldn't help but like Martin in spite of the fact that he is a criminal (and an OCD criminal at that!) and I was always hoping that things would turn out well for him.
One side effect of listening to this book? Whenever I can't find something in my house I immediately think that it could have been stolen by someone like Martin. Odd, right?!
If you want a book that is a bit out of the ordinary but still a great read (or listen), give this one a try.