The Thief

The Thief

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, 2012
ISBN: 9781616950224
Characteristics: 1 online resource (211 p.)


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Apr 20, 2018

This was an interesting book to read. I was fascinated and had a hard time putting it down. But, I found that the fate of the main character leaves the reader in limbo.

Sep 18, 2016

This book is absolutely incredibly excellent!

theorbys Jun 30, 2014

A retelling in, a much darker tone, of Robert Bresson's great film Pickpocket. Here an existential loner and petty low profile pickpocket gets involved on one side with a woman and her son, but on the other with something of a ruthless Dr Moriarty style criminal mastermind. Swift, lean prose keeps moving the story along.

Jul 09, 2013

I don't consider this a mystery or even a crime novel. It is written in the first person by The Thief, who is a seasoned pickpocket and is going about his activities until he becomes entangled with a young boy and a gang. This is the first Japanese fiction in translation that I didn't like much.

Dec 22, 2012

Not a great one. Pointless clap trap.

Jun 20, 2012

A great little novel - stylish, atmospheric, realistic and loaded with believable details of the pickpocket's art. A good story, if a little twisted - ah-hahahahh! I like that it leaves room for and invites one's own thoughts.It moves quickly and makes a quick read. Like a good comic book or candy, it leaves you yearning for more.

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