The Good Thief: A Novel

By Hannah Tinti

Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize * A Washington Post top e-book of 2008 * A Kirkus Reviews most sensible publication of 2008

Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The strong Thief introduces essentially the most attractive younger heroes in modern fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one in every of our most fun abilities 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 baby at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. whilst a tender guy named Benjamin Nab seems to be, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, his convincing story of the way Ren misplaced his hand persuades the clergymen on the orphanage to free up the boy and to offer Ren a few desire. yet is Benjamin particularly who he says he's? As Ren is brought to a lifetime of hardscrabble event full of outrageous rip-off artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves, he starts off to suspect that Benjamin not just holds the major to his destiny, yet to his previous as well….

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Within the wagon was once a lifeless guy, sitting up together with his eyes open. The burlap hung like a hood round his shoulders. His head was once sq. and brief and soiled. He was once bald. “I’m hungry,” the useless guy acknowledged. there has been dust on his lips. “Yes,” acknowledged Benjamin. He seemed worried, yet he endured to take advantage of his knife to chop the bag off the physique. He made small slashes and ripped the remainder aside along with his arms. He pulled the continues to be away and printed a red velvet swimsuit. “Cripes,” acknowledged Tom. The grit from his palms unfold throughout Ren’s enamel. Ren had stopped screaming, yet he may well nonetheless believe the schoolteacher’s palms trembling on both sides of his throat. the guy within the crimson swimsuit sat within the wagon and blinked opposed to the moonlight. there have been jewelry less than his eyes, as though he were snoozing for weeks. His gains have been huge and brutish—a jaw that flared out lower than his ears, a nostril that appeared like it have been damaged greater than as soon as. Now that he used to be sitting up, he appeared to fill the full again of the wagon. His shoulders stretched from both sides of his neck like a wall. Even sitting down he used to be taller than Benjamin. Ren advanced to get a more in-depth glance. simply as he did, the fellow closed his eyes and slumped opposed to the facet of the cart. “Is he useless now? ” Tom requested. Benjamin felt the man’s neck confidently. “No. ” “Let’s get out of right here. ” “We can’t depart him,” stated Benjamin. “Someone will discover. ” “Then we’ll bury him back. He’ll by no means recognize the variation. ” Benjamin stood for a second, weighing this threat. He rocked backward and forward, his shadow swaying over the guy at his toes. “We don’t have time,” Benjamin determined. He jumped down. He shoved Ren towards the pony. “Fetch me a few rope. He’s coming with us. ” Ren discovered a few twine beneath the driver’s seat and Benjamin started tying up the useless guy. The instruments and our bodies have been lined with blankets. Tom fumbled in his pocket for the flask, but if he attempted to drink it used to be empty. He slipped subsequent to Ren and took the reins. “Get back,” he growled. Ren climbed over the riding board. He hung on to the aspect of the cart as they jostled down the road. beneath the blankets the our bodies have been stiff yet yielding, like items of wooden simply commencing to rot. It used to be difficult for Ren to tell apart the place one physique ended and one other begun. He scrambled over them as speedy as he may, attempting to not think their faces as he made his technique to the again of the wagon. The lifeless guy used to be no longer donning a blouse. His pink swimsuit had holes in it—tiny ones that confirmed bits of pores and skin and hair. His ft have been naked to boot, and by some means this made his palms look bare, resting open in his lap, the arms thick and dry. Above the collar of the swimsuit his neck laid itself out in folds. the surface used to be turned around with darkish bruises. Ren stored as as regards to Benjamin as he may possibly. He crouched down and grasped the sting of the wagon. He counted every little thing inside of. there have been 3 our bodies, thieves, one lifeless guy, and him. the pony persisted to tug all of them, its hooves echoing opposed to the stones on the street. Benjamin sat at the fringe of the cart, his arms in his hair.

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