The Good Thief: A Novel

By Hannah Tinti

Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize * A Washington Post most sensible booklet of 2008 * A Kirkus Reviews most sensible ebook of 2008

Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The solid Thief introduces probably the most beautiful younger heroes in modern fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as considered one of our most enjoyable skills writing at the present time.

Twelve year-old Ren is lacking his left hand. the way it was once misplaced is a secret that Ren has been attempting to clear up for his complete lifestyles, in addition to who his mom and dad are, and why he was once deserted as an boy or girl at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. while a tender guy named Benjamin Nab appears to be like, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, his convincing story of the way Ren misplaced his hand persuades the priests on the orphanage to unlock the boy and to offer Ren a few wish. yet is Benjamin relatively who he says he's? As Ren is brought to a lifetime of hardscrabble event packed with outrageous rip-off artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves, he starts to suspect that Benjamin not just holds the major to his destiny, yet to his earlier as well….

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Ren watched the clouds omit their heads, the shapes drifting out and in. once he concept he’d well-known one, it replaced. “I imagine we’re clear,” Tom acknowledged. Benjamin crawled out from below the blankets. “Thank God that’s over. ” “Thank God they didn’t seize us,” acknowledged Tom. Benjamin took the fleece from his shoulders and threw it apart. He gave a nervous look at Ren, who was once flat on his again, seeing all types of items within the sky. Tom shook his head. “He’s excessive as a kite. ” Benjamin started to seek the wallet of his coachman’s coat. He took the cash and shook it less than Tom’s nostril. Then he pulled out 3 oranges. The fruit used to be just a little bruised, the peel thick and heavy, however the colour used to be perfect—cheerful and vibrant because the sunlight. Benjamin handed one over to Tom. “You have been correct. however it was once worthy it. ” “I’m consistently right,” acknowledged Tom. “Here. ” Benjamin tossed an orange into the again of the wagon. It hit the boy within the head. “Ouch,” acknowledged Ren. yet he didn’t flow. “Come on,” stated Benjamin. “Open your eyes. ” Ren notion they have been open. He ran his arms throughout his eyelids. “Open your mouth. ” He did, and Benjamin fed him a slice of orange. The odor of citrus bloomed like a flower beneath Ren’s nostril. His tongue swelled as he introduced his the teeth jointly and the juice slid down his throat. He felt whatever difficult, and bit down. A seed, Ren concept. It should have been a seed. Benjamin persisted feeding him, isolating the items, till the sky grew to become an analogous excellent colour because the fruit and Ren’s jaw ached with happiness. TWELVE by the point they crossed the bridge into North Umbrage it was once darkish. the homes rose up from in the back of a hill, the line narrowing among them. there has been not anything of the chaos of the docks right here. The streets have been approximately abandoned, and people humans out have been accumulated at the corners, smoking and eyeing the wagon as they handed. Ren observed a pack of skinny canine struggling with, and a guy and a lady pushing opposed to one another in an alley. The gutters smelled of rotting rubbish. Tom took out a pistol and set it at the seat beside him. It was once an identical gun that Benjamin had confirmed Ren on their technique to Granston. Benjamin had appeared chuffed and secure in these days, yet now he was once pressed to the sting of his seat. He pulled the buttons on his collar and saved turning his head after they handed a window, as though he anticipated to discover somebody he knew at the back of the curtains. The wagon jostled backward and forward alongside the cobblestones. Up forward, a wide shadow lined the line. It went alongside the size of the road and shed a wall of blackness around the roofs and houses of North Umbrage. because the horse entered the air round them grew to become chilly, and Ren lifted his head, watching for to work out a tremendous towering over them. yet as a substitute he observed a manufacturing unit, a construction outfitted like a fort, immediately up into the sky. It used to be 4 tales, with a wide, thick chimney spewing black smoke. The brick partitions gave means at the moment flooring to huge, immense home windows with bars throughout them. Carved over the most front, into the keystone of the arch, used to be an indication: MCGINTY MOUSETRAP manufacturing facility AND DISTRIBUTION co.

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