The Thief

The Thief

Book - 2012
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The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. He weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds in his tailored suit. He has no family, no friends and no connections. However, he does have a past that 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.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, ©2012
ISBN: 9781616950217
Branch Call Number: F NAK
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 21 cm.


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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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