Something Missing

Something Missing

Book - 2009
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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 biz. After all, he's been able to steal from the same people for years on end--virtually undetected. Of course, this could also be attributed to his unique business model--he takes only items that will go unnoticed by the homeowner. After all, who in their right mind would miss a roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet?

Even though he's never met these homeowners, he's spent hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals. In essence, Martin has developed a friendship of sorts with them and as such, he decides to interfere more in their lives--playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel--even though it means breaking many of his twitchy neurotic rules.

Along the way Martin not only improves the lives of others, but he also discovers love and finds that his own life is much better lived on the edge (at least some of the time) in this hilarious, suspenseful and often profound novel about a man used to planning every second of his life, suddenly forced to confront chaos and spontaneity.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767930888
Branch Call Number: FIC Dick
Characteristics: ix, 292 p

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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."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Shannon McKenna Schmidt

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