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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Dicks Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781440759932
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In this quirky debut novel from author Matthew Dicks, career criminal Martin uses his OCD to pilfer items from his victims’ houses without being discovered. It helps that he only takes things the homeowner would never notice are missing—like a roll of toilet paper or a bottle of maple syrup. Martin has spent so much time snooping through homes he feels like he knows the owners, but when he starts meddling in their personal lives, his precise world turns to chaos. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Who wants to catch a thief when he’s as endearing as Martin Railsback, the oddball hero of Matthew Dicks’ first novel, Something Missing?”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The obsessive-compulsive Martin Railsback is a strange but lovable antihero.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Charming…[Dicks has] created a winning hero in Martin, a crook with a heart of gold.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A splendid novel, written with loving attention to character and detail; Martin is so vividly realized that he threatens to step off the page and into the reader’s own living room.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Combines the neurotic atmosphere of a Woody Allen film with the light touch of Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr novels in a unique debut…A very funny adventure about the mechanics of burglary and the fragility of an orderly life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Gridley | 2/17/2014

    " I loved the main character, Martin. I'm sure that everyone that reads this novel will agree that the strongest parts of the book come from sympathizing with the main character and his OCD tendencies. But there were parts of the book that were a little difficult to read; the dialogue between characters when discussing something meaningful. When Martin speaks to his father, the interchange is so stale and formulaic -- it really stood out for me. That being said, I had a great time with this character and his interesting line of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Weeks | 1/26/2014

    " Quirky, different...I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/23/2014

    " What a fun read----with parts that are very suspenseful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " So much fun! This is a cute, quirky book. I embarrassed myself two times by laughing out loud in public while reading! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carole | 1/5/2014

    " A Readers' Choice selection from the library. Who's on the selection committee? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louanne Caspar | 12/30/2013

    " Superfun book that follows the escapades of a thief, with OCD, as he visits homes in the Farmington valley. Funny, suspenseful and unique. I look forward to reading more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Voracious | 12/30/2013

    " A likeable protagonist and a pleasingly detailed approach to housebreaking, but I wanted to edit in a lot of places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn Cox | 12/18/2013

    " At first I was weirded out by the main character, but as the book progressed I found his quirks hilarious, and really enjoyed him. Great, entertaining book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/18/2013

    " I loved the premise for the story though I feel like the writing could have been more advanced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/2/2013

    " You can't help rooting for Martin and his "clients." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 11/27/2013

    " I liked this book, but I have trouble with books that make me feel sympathetic towards a thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Connery | 11/10/2013

    " Burglar with regular clients. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 10/2/2013

    " Very fun and unique story. I liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 8/31/2013

    " This was a good read. It was original, clever, and kept me wondering if the author had some experience as a thief because it was so detailed. It's almost like an instruction manual. It was funny and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 7/26/2013

    " Career criminal with OCD whose thefts started simply to feed himelf after being kicked out of his home - this becomes a love story which is absolutely charming. Three cheers for originality!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette | 1/9/2013

    " This was a good summer read. The author spent alot of time describing the main character, Martin's OCD but as the story unravels you understand why. Very funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi Baker | 12/26/2012

    " Quirky crime "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 10/8/2012

    " I got a preview copy from my local bookstore. It's a quirky little book, and the ending isn't what I expected, but not a bad read at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobo Austin | 8/14/2012

    " this is the third book i've read by Matthew Dicks, a real master of technical details and portraying dark secrets in the most loving way "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/16/2012

    " Good summer read/airplane book. It did make me think about stepping in to help when you don't know the person or when you aware that someone is going to make mistake and doesn't realize it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 6/15/2012

    " It's a very interesting idea, and the descriptions of Martin's activities are compelling. Unfortunately, the plot follows the very obvious path of events forcing changes, and these events are less believable - even contrived - leaving a final sense of disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/11/2012

    " This book was just OK for me but I didn't care for the ending nor did I think it was believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/9/2012

    " The book dragged a bit at times -- the author is depicting a meticulous and obsessive-compulsive character, so he sometimes becomes bogged down in the details of the characters career -- but it was one of the most original and entertaining books I've read in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/2/2012

    " Such a weird, but awesome book. I was intrigued by the plot summary, and just as intrigued when I started reading it. So much so, that I was retelling the story to someone who I know wouldn't read it, because I had to share. Quick, easy read, certainly different from anything I've read this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/10/2011

    " This is book has a clever premise and is pretty funny. It's a quick read that I would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/15/2011

    " This was definitely entertaining, but the concept is pretty creepy. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjie | 5/7/2011

    " This was a light, clever, funny book about an OCD thief who makes repeat visits to his "clients". Not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latharia | 5/3/2011

    " This book was recommended by Bethany Scott quite a while ago & I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. It was a quick, light piece, quirky & amusing. I also had to give it an extra star for the mere fact the main character uses a d10 to randomize some of his decisions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiore777 | 4/14/2011

    " I like lead characters with quirks which would seem to set them at a disadvantage. Think Monk if he were a thief. It was a pretty nice read, funny parts along with an ending that made me feel good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linde | 4/13/2011

    " Fun book. Good for just a easy read when you want something light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 4/12/2011

    " A wonderful, quirky read with a fabulous ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/30/2011

    " A fun, quirky novel about a lifetime professional thief with OCD who steals everyday household supplies that nobody would ever notice are missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyger9000 | 3/29/2011

    " It is a very well written, clever book that I enjoyed a lot. However it leaves the romantic plot unresolved at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/26/2011

    " Started off soooooo slow for me. Picked up a bit at the very end "

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About the Narrator

Jefferson Mays has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audio narrations. He is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California–San Diego.