The Thief, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Nishimura is a seasoned pickpocket, weaving through Tokyo's crowded streets, in search of potential targets.

He has no family, no friends, no connections ...But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when his old partner-in-crime reappears and offers him a job he can't refuse.

Suddenly, Nishimura finds himself caught in a web so tangled and intricate that even he might not be able to escape.

Taut, atmospheric and cool, The Thief will steal your breath away.


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I had high hopes for this book. But sadly on initial reading I found it disappointing. Having spent several days thinking about the reasons for my disappointment, its probably more to do with how the book was marketed, as a 'landmark thriller', according to the blurb, rather than the book itself. The book is an interestingly sparse psychological study of an isolated pickpocket inexorably drawn into a web of crime controlled by a gangland mobster. Because the observations are so internal. and, in many, respects, the story so predictable, its not thrilling, but interesting none the less.

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This novel, about a pickpocket in Tokyo who becomes embroiled with a gang that is manipulating the political process, had my heart racing. It's quite short, 210 pages, but it packs a lot in. Tightly written, believable in its exploration of a thief's psychology, sympathetic to its main character, I wanted it to go on for longer. I want to know what happened next.

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