No Such Creature: A Novel by Giles Blunt. Henry Holt & Co. 2009.
No Such Creature features Max & Owen Maxwell, an uncle-nephew heist team. Max & Owen rely on their wits and Max's theatrical training to pull off grand heists without the need for violence. Unfortunately for them, their most recent success draws the attention of another criminal who is no stranger to violence. Throw in the daughter of an old family friend who also has criminal tendencies and mayhem abounds. Though the main thrust of the novel is overlapping games of cat and mouse, it also has a rather sweet thread of what it means to be a family running throughout the narrative. No Such Creature is a comic and captivating caper that will tug at your heartstrings.