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The Thief

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This is a fascinating Japanese noir thriller, exploring fate and free will as well as giving the reader insightful views on Japan's culture and personality. Nishimura is a supremely gifted pickpocket who has a conscience but is detached from society, lifting wallets from people he sees as begin able to afford it. Asked to help out in a seemingly straightforward crime leads him into a dangerous set-up. The short book (210 pages) is a refreshingly intense read.

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Synopsis

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

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.

Reviews

There is a feeling right through this excellent tale about a pickpocket that every word is unfolding towards a cleverly crafted conclusion . . . Gripping. * Irish Examiner * Japanese hard-boiled detective writing... The Thief does for Japanese fiction what John Woo did for Chinese film making: bringing the darker side to a [western] audience. * Daily Beast * The Thief is a swift piece of crime noir, surprisingly light on grit but weighted by existential dread. It's simple and utterly compelling - great beach reading for the deeply cynical. If you crossed Michael Connelly and Camus and translated it from Japanese. * Grantland * A psychological thriller that will grip your imagination from the very first page. * Crime Ficton Lover * A meditation on what it is like to be alone and on the nature of fate and free will, and featuring a lead character who would look at home in a 19th century Russian novel.' * Big Issue * Japanese fiction is the new Scandicrime - and if The Thief is anything to go by, it is apparently just as dark and plentiful. A detective story told from the other side of the fence, brilliantly spun in the narrative voice of a skilled pickpocket. * The Pulse * An excellent tale...Every word is unfolding towards a cleverly-crafted conclusion. * Yorkshire Evening Post * Nakamura is a name to watch. * Daily Mirror * Nakamura's achievement is to dovetail the various elements in the most adroit of fashions, producing a mesmeric piece of crime fiction and a cold-eyed meditation on modern society in which predatory human nature is accepted as the norm. And the author's fatalistic tone is rounded off with a devastatingly surprising end. * The Independent * An intelligent, compelling and surprisingly moving tale, and highly recommended. -- Laura Wilson * The Guardian * A masterpiece in miniature . . . wonderfully deft . . . The Thief seems destined to become a landmark thriller. * Daily Mail *


About the Author

Fuminori Nakamura

Fuminori Nakamura was born in 1977 and graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. In 2002, he won the prestigious Shincho Newcomer's Award for his first novel, A Gun, and in 2005 he won the Akutagawa prize for The Boy in the Earth.The Thief, winner of the 2009 Oe Prize, Japan's most important literary award, is his first novel to be published in English.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th August 2012

Author

Fuminori Nakamura

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Author's Website

fuminorinakamura.com/

Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Hardback
208 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780339139

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