A literary crime masterpiece that follows a Japanese pickpocket lost to the machinations of fate. Bleak and oozing existential dread, The Thief is simply unforgettable. The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets... show more
A literary crime masterpiece that follows a Japanese pickpocket lost to the machinations of fate. Bleak and oozing existential dread, The Thief is simply unforgettable. 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.
Publish date: March 20th 2012
Publisher: Soho Crime
Pages no: 211
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
Series: Kizaki (#1)
The art of pickpocketing, getting past the whole theft thing, is not unlike magic. Sleight of hand, distraction, all play their part. In fact, it kind of feels like magic when described by Nakamura in The Thief, as the unnamed protagonist is so skilled in his trade that he can perform it seemingly a...
move over Ryu Murakami, a new bleak voice from the streets has risen!"The Thief", as the GR description goes, "oozes with existential dread," and this hard-boiled masterpiece demonstrates once again why Japan's dark side and not its over-privileged rich are the soil for the higher forms of literary ...
Quick, easy read, but very good--I was hooked the whole time, right to the very last page. The narrator would talk about other people or experiences and only later would he reflect more on them, which drew me in simply as a curious reader but at the same time felt so natural since the book is almost...
An almost surreal, almost dreamlike crime fiction tale. A very smooth narrative that goes down easy. This would have been four stars if some of the main character's background would have been fleshed out a bit more. A particular relationship that he develops could have been handled in a more interes...
I won this book from Goodreads First Reds giveaway. It is a pretty short novel, and I thought there could have been more to it, like more of the thief's back story besides the one incident of him shoplifting as a kid, and his girlfriend who he flashed back to a couple times. The tower is a pretty po...
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