Portrait of a Thief

Portrait of a Thief

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 14/04/2022
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Portrait of a Thief
Ocean's Eleven meets Crazy Rich Asians
Ocean’s Eleven meets Crazy Rich Asians, Portrait of a Thief is an action packed heist novel like no other. We follow Will, a high achieving, Chinese-Americ... READ MORE
Gaby Lee
Portrait of a Thief
A new favourite!
Reading Portrait of a Thief, it is hard to believe it is Grace D. Li's debut novel, everything from the prose to the characters to the plot is so beautiful... READ MORE
Jess at Waterstones Lincoln High St
Portrait of a Thief
Fabulous Debut !!
Heist with the main characters stealing back colonial art ?? I was sold the moment I read the synopsis, and upon reading the book, it exceeded my expectati... READ MORE
Portrait of a Thief
Felt like watching a movie - distinctive characters, gorgeous writing, and a great discussion on identity
One of my most anticipated releases of the year and it definitely was that for a reason, I had such a great time reading this. There’s a lot of focus on im... READ MORE
Millie Slingsby


This was how things began: Boston on the cusp of fall, the Sackler Museum robbed of 23 pieces of priceless Chinese art. Even in this back room, dust catching the slant of golden, late-afternoon light, Will could hear the sirens. They sounded like a promise. Will Chen, a Chinese American art history student at Harvard, has spent most of his life learning about the West - its art, its culture, all that it has taken and called its own. He believes art belongs with its creators, so when a Chinese corporation offers him a (highly illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless sculptures, it's surprisingly easy to say yes. Will's crew, fellow students chosen out of his boundless optimism for their skills and loyalty, aren't exactly experienced criminals. Irene is a public policy major at Duke who can talk her way out of anything; Daniel is pre-med with steady hands and dreams of being a surgeon. Lily is an engineering student who races cars in her spare time; and Will is relying on Alex, an MIT dropout turned software engineer, to hack her way in and out of each museum they must rob. Each student has their own complicated relationship with China and the identities they've cultivated as Chinese Americans, but one thing soon becomes certain: they won't say no. Because if they succeed? They earn an unfathomable ten million each, and a chance to make history. If they fail, they lose everything... and the West wins again.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529386394
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 38 mm

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Portrait of a Thief
Highly recommended
Brilliant, gripping, and riveting. An excellent debut that kept me turning pages as I was fascinated by the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the plot. The... READ MORE
Portrait of a Thief
My latest obsession!
"All parents leave their own scars. We're the ones who have to heal from them." — Portrait of a Thief, Grace D. Li. Fast & Furious meets Ocean Eleven and ... READ MORE
Portrait of a Thief
Some of the best characters I've read in years
I wasn’t expecting to like this book—I generally don’t get along with heists—but it absolutely blew me away. First and foremost, Grace D Li’s writing is ... READ MORE
Sophie Snow
Portrait of a Thief
Fun heist novel with meaning
Portrait of a Thief is a heist story wrapped up in the tale of five Chinese-American students carving their own futures, as they race to try and reclaim sc... READ MORE
Siobhan Dunlop