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The Burglar Diaries Paperback – Apr 1 2002

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Main edition (April 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852426640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852426644
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,074,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A house burglar's memoirs might well be pushing the boundaries of public taste and common decency but make no mistake, The Burglar Diaries is truly a work of comic genius. Look beyond the coarse language and outrageous designs on life and you've got a real diamond of a novel just ripe for the taking.

Danny King writes like a foul-mouthed jack the lad who also happens to possess irresistible storytelling skills and a wicked sense of humour. Bex, the chief protagonist, has long given up on the idea of a straight office job and is content to get by on dodgy dealings and botched jobs, but occasionally he does give in to the odd scruple. For example, despite the encouragement of his hapless mate Ollie, our narrator refuses to extract money from a kiddie's piggy bank and passes up the opportunity to cash in on a wedding ring belonging to a recently deceased old lady. He further redeems himself when, naturally in the line of "duty", he exposes firstly some neglectful parents and later an evil paedophile ring--exploits that earn him a hero's mention in the local 'paper. That said, this is far from a tale of robbing the rich to feed the poor and while Bex is a hugely entertaining creation, his chosen profession will not endear him to every reader.

King's first book is a devilishly funny insight into the mind of a petty criminal with hilarity at every turn. The Burglar Diaries, a remarkable debut from a man with a bright future on the "outside", looks set to ignite a cracking series. --David Thwaites

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?An absolutely hilarious, laugh out loud book by someone who has been there? Bruce Reynolds, mastermind of The Great Train Robbery ?Occasionally hilarious, if morally dubious, The Burglar Diaries is well worth buying ? and definitely worth half-inching? GQ ?This is the sweet-as-a-nut, hilariously un-PC account of the jobs [Bex] has known and loved - the line-ups, the lock-ups and the cock-ups. If ever there was an antidote to Bridget Jones?s Diary this is it. The Burglar Diaries is the first in a series. Long may it run' Mirror

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