The Good Thief Book
Score: 3.5
From 89 Ratings

The Good Thief


  • Author : Hannah Tinti
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2008-08-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780440337898

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The Good Thief Excerpt :

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • Kirkus Reviews Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well. Praise for The Good Thief "Every once in a while—if you are very lucky—you come upon a novel so marvelous and enchanting and rare that you wish everyone in the world would read it, as well. The Good Thief is just such a book—a beautifully composed work of literary magic."—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love "Darkly transporting . . . [In] The Good Thief, the reader can find plain-spoken fiction full of traditional v

The Good Thief s Guide to Amsterdam Book
Score: 3.5
From 25 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Amsterdam


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-10-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849830492

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The Good Thief s Guide to Amsterdam Excerpt :

Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realise how costly a mistake he might have made. The police think he killed the American. Others think he knows the whereabouts of the elusive third monkey. But for Charlie only three things matter: Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And, can he solve the briefcase-shaped plot-hole in his latest novel?

The Good Thief s Guide to Venice Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Venice


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2011-08-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429972734

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The Good Thief s Guide to Venice Excerpt :

Charlie, a gentleman thief to rival Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, gallivants around Venice in The Good Thief's Guide to Venice--the next caper in Chris Ewan's sparkling series. After a particularly bad streak of luck in Vegas, Charlie has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full-time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie's agent Victoria shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar. Blackmailed into committing a dastardly crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into yet another adventure, this one even more explosive than the last.

The Book Thief Book
Score: 4.5
From 2,621 Ratings

The Book Thief


  • Author : Markus Zusak
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307433848

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME The extraordinary, beloved novel about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times “Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.

The Good Thief Book

The Good Thief


  • Author : Leo Joseph Furey
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-04-22
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 177457036X

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The Good Thief Excerpt :

Set in and around St. John's, Newfoundland, in the late 1960s, The Good Thief is the story of seventeen-year-old Sonny McCluskey, who was raised by his eccentric father, a man on a mission. Sonny's father dies, leaving him the family business, a small auto repair shop, and a long-standing family secret, forcing him to navigate the emotional terrain of youth and the pressures of family. The Good Thief is a novel about tradition, love, laughter, and intrigue. It is about an ordinary young man who finds himself in an extraordinary situation.

The Good Thief Book

The Good Thief


  • Author : Marie Howe
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 54
  • ISBN 10 : 0892551275

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The Good Thief Excerpt :

The heralded debut collection of poems by the author of What the Living Do (Norton, 1997). Selected by Margaret Atwood as a winner in the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, this unique collection was the first sounding of a deeply authentic voice. Howe's early writings concern relationship, attachment, and loss, in a highly original search for personal transcendence. Many of the thirty-four poems in The Good Thief appeared in such prestigious journals and periodicals as The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Agni Review, and The Partisan Review.

The Good Thief s Guide to Berlin Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Berlin


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250031136

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The Good Thief s Guide to Berlin Excerpt :

You can't keep a good thief down . . . Charlie Howard is back and robbing the city of Berlin blind, until he witnesses a murder being committed right before his eyes Charlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin, Germany. He's supposed to be working on his next novel. But high rent and a love for thrill-seeking has been hard on his word count. But Charlie's larcenous binge is interrupted by the call to duty—on behalf of Her Majesty's Government. Four embassy employees are suspected of stealing a sensitive item. Charlie is to break into their homes, find the culprit and recover the stolen property. But there's a catch. The item is so sensitive, Charlie isn't told what he's looking for. Not its size, not its weight, nothing. He's only told that he'll recognize it when he sees it. Charlie has been a successful thief because he follows his own rules, the first being "Don't get caught." Well, after he enters the first suspect's home, he has to add a new rule: "Don't admire the view." As Charlie stares across the street, he sees something he really wishes he hadn't—a woman being murdered. And that's just for starters. What follows is a wild adventure in the former cauldron of spies. With The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin, Chris Ewan shows why he was voted as one of America's favorite British authors by a Huffington Post poll. Clever and wildly entertaining, this is a mystery series that is "big fun" (The Seattle Times).

Animal Crackers Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Animal Crackers


  • Author : Hannah Tinti
  • Publisher : Delta
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307422781

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Animal Crackers Excerpt :

With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses. In these ten strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger from his gentle charge; in “Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus,” a headstrong young woman in Africa is lured by the freedom of the monkeys in the trees; in “Talk Turkey,” a boy has secret conversations with the turkeys on his friend’s family’s farm; in “Slim’s Last Ride,” a child plays chilling games with his pet rabbit; in “Gallus Gallus,” a pompous husband projects his anger at his wife onto her prized rooster. This fresh, inventive debut will introduce Hannah Tinti as one of the most gifted writers of her generation. Enter her world at your own risk, and you will come away bewitched.

The Good Thief Book
Score: 3.5
From 83 Ratings

The Good Thief


  • Author : Hannah Tinti
  • Publisher : Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Release Date : 2009-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385337465

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The Good Thief Excerpt :

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • Kirkus Reviews Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well. Praise for The Good Thief "Every once in a while—if you are very lucky—you come upon a novel so marvelous and enchanting and rare that you wish everyone in the world would read it, as well. The Good Thief is just such a book—a beautifully composed work of literary magic."—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love "Darkly transporting . . . [In] The Good Thief, the reader can find plain-spoken fiction full of traditional v

The Good Thief s Guide to Paris Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Paris


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2009-09-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1429945168

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The Good Thief s Guide to Paris Excerpt :

The moment I'd scanned the outside of the building, I turned to Bruno and said, "First impressions, it looks straightforward." Looking back, I can't help but wonder what I was thinking. I mean, put that line at the opening of a crime novel and it's practically a guarantee that everything is about to get complicated. Charlie Howard—globe-trotting mystery writer, professional thief, and poor decision maker—is in Paris. Flush with the success of his latest book reading, not to mention a few too many glasses of wine, Charlie agrees to show a complete novice how to break into an apartment in the Marais. Fast-forward twenty-four hours and Charlie's hired to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting—from the exact same address. Mere coincidence? Charlie figures there's no harm in finding out—until a dead body turns up in his living room and he finds himself evading the law while becoming caught up in a quite outrageous heist. And that's before Charlie's literary agent, Victoria (who's naive enough to assume that he looks like his author photo), finally decides they should meet face-to-face. Nobody ever said a life of suspense was easy, but in Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Paris, Charlie, the most disarmingly charming burglar since Cary Grant, soon finds things are getting way out of control.

The Good Thief s Guide to Vegas Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Vegas


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2010-08-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1429964472

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The Good Thief s Guide to Vegas Excerpt :

Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas is the next caper in a series that's being called "impressive... comic...fresh" (Publishers Weekly--starred review). Charlie Howard isn't only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he's also a magician. For his next trick, he'll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie's friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe. Revenge would be sweet—if there weren't a dead redhead floating in Masters' bathtub and if Masters hadn't just disappeared in a puff of smoke after cheating at roulette. Convinced that Charlie was in on the scam, the casino's owners give him an impossible mission: either pull off an elaborate heist to reimburse the house for every dollar his "accomplice" made off with, or enjoy a one-way trip into the desert.

The Book Thief Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Book Thief


  • Author : Travis McDade
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 181
  • ISBN 10 : 0275993310

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The Book Thief Excerpt :

In the spring of 1994, Daniel Spiegelman shinnied up an abandoned book lift in Columbia University's Butler Library to get to the rare books floor where he then proceeded to dismantle a wall, steal books, reassemble the wall, and sneak back down the shaft. Over a three-month period he did this more than a dozen times. He eventually escaped with the loot - roughly $1.8 million in books, letters and manuscripts - to Europe to sell to collectors. When he was caught in the Netherlands, he tried to avoid extradition to the U.S. by telling the Dutch authorities that he was a financier of the Oklahoma City bombing knowing they wouldn't extradite someone who was facing the death penalty. Eventually the FBI, through some wrangling, got him back to New York, where he finally stood trial for his crimes. In vivid detail, including a retelling of the crimes, dialogue from the court transcripts, and explanations of the legal consequences and intricacies, McDade recounts all the sordid elements of this true crime caper.

The Thief Who Stole Heaven Book

The Thief Who Stole Heaven


  • Author : Raymond Arroyo
  • Publisher : Sophia
  • Release Date : 2020-08-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 1644132389

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The Thief Who Stole Heaven Excerpt :

The Holy Family is set upon by roadside thieves when Jesus is a boy. The leader of the gang is the Bad Thief; among them is a young Dismas, the Good Thief. Remembering his own mother and family, Dismas is moved with compassion and persuades the leader to let them go. While on the cross many years later, Dismas is caught in the entrancing gaze of Mother Mary from down below, and suddenly realizes that the man next to him was the captivating boy from that fateful day long ago. He asks Jesus for forgiveness. Knowing exactly who he is, Jesus forgives him and assures him of Paradise that very day.

The Thief Lord Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Thief Lord


  • Author : Cornelia Funke
  • Publisher : Chicken House
  • Release Date : 2013-10-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781909489158

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The Thief Lord Excerpt :

Amid the crumbling splendour of wintertime Venice, two orphans are on the run. The mysterious Thief Lord offers shelter, but a terrible danger is gathering force...