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The Thief

The Thief

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The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections...But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life, and offers him a job he can't refuse. It's an easy job: tie up an old rich man, steal the contents of the safe. No one gets hurt. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery. And now the Thief is caught in a tangle even he might not be able to escape.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Constable and Robinson Publication Date: 16/08/2012 ISBN-13: 9781780339139  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. In 2002, he won the prestigious Shincho Newcomer's Award for his first novel, A Gun, and in 2005 he won the Akutagawa prize for The Boy in the Earth.The Thief, winner of the 2009 Oe Prize, Japan's most important literary award, is his first novel to be published in English.

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As well as being a sharp alternative thriller with some sinister political overtones, this story of a pickpocket drawn into a plot that spiral out of control offers a fascinating outsider's perspective on Tokyo life and some deliciously uncomfortable moral ambiguity. This is perfect for anyone you likes their crime on the noir side and their criminals brooding and enigmatic. - Jonathan

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 07/12/2012


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