Something Missing

Something Missing

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767930888
0767930886
Characteristics: ix, 292 p. ; 21 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB May 09, 2019

Martin is a burglar, so talented and organized that he has never been caught. Of course, after 9 years, not one of his “clients,” as he calls them, has ever noticed anything was gone. Martin only steals what he believes they won’t miss. He studies them for months, carefully noting their tendencies and schedules. He quietly picks their locks and enters many times before stealing anything. Martin has a strict set of rules that he always follows and while he never personally meets any of his clients, he grows to think of them as friends, even *under his protection*, in a way. And eventually he decides to begin helping some of them. When one minor accident throws him off his careful plan, events cascade, and Martin is forced to engage with the real people in unexpected ways.

*Something Missing* has a lot of humor but mainly the appeal is the level of detail, which invests you in the outcomes of each burglaring adventure and his eventual hesitant attempts to connect with people. An odd idea which grows on you as you read.

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beachcat2
Oct 27, 2012

I really enjoyed this different book - quite intriguing!

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

I thought the book's pace was terribly slow at first and my interest level was low, but as more characters were introduced and the pace quickened, the detailed information of the first half was shown to be useful. The book won me over and I am impressed by the author's purposeful and meticulous detail and organization.

debwalker Dec 13, 2010

"In this fun, clever mystery, the "bad guy" is actually a good guy. An endearing thief with a conscience (and obsessive-compulsive disorder), Martin Railsback steals only items that will go unnoticed and even plays guardian angel to the homeowners he burglarizes."
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