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The Thief

By Fuminori Nakamura

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A Toyko pickpocket commits one crime too many - and finds himself way out of his depth. A taut, stylish noir thriller from one of the most feted new voices in Japanese fiction.

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.

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781472105875
  • Publication date: 16 May 2013
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: Corsair
A masterpiece in miniature . . . wonderfully deft . . . The Thief seems destined to become a landmark thriller. — Daily Mail
An intelligent, compelling and surprisingly moving tale, and highly recommended. — Laura Wilson, The Guardian
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
Nakamura is a name to watch. — Daily Mirror
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
Beautifully written and elegantly crafted. — The Lady
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
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
Nakamura is one of the most award-winning young guns of Japanese hard-boiled detective writing . . . his award-winning novel The Thief does for Japanese fiction what John Woo did for Chinese film-making: bringing the darker side to a [western] audience. — Daily Beast
A mystery novel more in the tradition of Dostoevsky than Agatha Christie . . . Fuminori Nakamura's noir transforms from a mood piece into a chilling philosophical thriller. — Wall Street Journal
It's the combination of thoughtful, noir-tinged character piece with punchy, well-plotted thriller that puts The Thief ahead of the pack. — Glasgow Herald

A.D. Garrett

A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy, working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper. Margaret Murphy has written 9 internationally published psychological thrillers - both stand-alone and police series. She is Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics' award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. Her lifelong passion for science is reflected in her painstaking research for her novels. In 2013, writing as A.D. Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Professor Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms. Everyone Lies, which Ann Cleeves rated 'thriller writing at its best', was a bestseller, and Believe No One, was described by Publishers' Weekly as a 'stellar thriller'. Truth Will Out, the third in the series, is due for publication November 2016. Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager. As a Crime Scene Investigator, she examined over 3000 crime scenes, ranging from thefts and fires to rapes and murders. Later, as Crime Scene Manager for Durham Police, she supervised CSIs in over 50 major incidents. An author in her own right, Helen has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. Her expertise is in great demand with crime writers: she has been a judge for the CWA's Non-Fiction Dagger award since 2010, and is Forensic Consultant on both the Vera and Shetland TV series. Website: www.adgarrett.com Follow A.D. Garrett on Twitter: @adgarrett1

A. J. McCreanor

A. J. McCreanor, who also writes as Anne Randall, was born in Glasgow and after university taught English in various secondary schools in inner Glasgow. In 2011 she won first prize for crime fiction writing at the Wells Literature Festival. She now lives in Glastonbury with her husband, two cats and one dog.Riven, the first book in the Wheeler and Ross series, was written under A. J. McCreanor, while further books in series are written under the name Anne Randall.

Anja de Jager

Anja de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes in English. She draws inspiration from cases that her father, a retired police detective, worked on in the Netherlands. Anja worked in the City for twenty years but is now a full-time writer. She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel.

Anthea Cohen

Anthea Cohen, SRN, worked as a hospital sister and private nurse. A columnist for the Nursing Mirror and regular contributor to World Medicine, she has written eighteen Agnes Turner novels, among other work.Her Agnes Carmichael novels have been described as the 'one of the most original chiller series around'. (Felicia Lamb, Mail on Sunday)

Brian McGilloway

Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1974, and teaches English at St Columb's College, Derry. He lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children. He is the author of five previous crime novels: Little Girl Lost, The Rising, Bleed A River Deep, Gallows Lane and Borderlands.

Charles Finch

Charles Finch was born in New York City in 1980. He graduated from Yale and Oxford Universities where he majored in English and History, and did his master's in Renaissance English Literature. He is the grandson of American artist and writer Anne Truitt. He lives in Oxford, England.

David Dickinson

David Dickinson was born in Dublin. With an honours degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC, where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama, as well as series editor for Monarchy, a three-part programme on the British royal family.

Diane Janes

DIANE JANES grew up in Birmingham and has lived in the north of England for the last twenty years. Between marrying and raising two children she worked in seemingly every field, from mortgages to engineering, until she gave up the day job to write full time. This resulted in two shortlistings for the CWA Debut Dagger and subsequent publication. The Pull of the Moon was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

Emlyn Rees

EMLYN REES spent his early twenties traveling around Asia and mixing cocktails in London for the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Princess Anne. He published his first crime novel aged twenty-five, his second a year later, and then co-wrote seven comedies with Josie Lloyd, including the Sunday Times bestseller Come Together. He is the editor of British and American paperback crime fiction imprint, Exhibit A, and lives on and around Brighton beach with Joanna Rees, aka Josie Lloyd.

G.M. Malliet

G M Malliet attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge. She now lives in the US.

Gillian Linscott

Gillian Linscott has been a journalist with the GUARDIAN and Parliamentary Correspondent with the BBC. Two Nell Bray novels have been dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and ABSENT FRIENDS was the winner of the CWA/Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.

Gregg Olsen

New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen has written eight non-fiction books, six novels and has contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child. The award-winning author has been a guest on US and international television shows discussing crime.

James Renner

James Renner is the author of two books of nonfiction that detail his adventures in investigative journalism: Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer's Apprentice. His work has been featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Ohio.

Jenny Maxwell

Jenny Maxwell was born in Scotland, educated in England and until recently was resident in Germany. She now lives on a narrow boat which is currently moored near Stourbridge.

John Burdett

John Burdett was brought up in North London and worked as a lawyer in Hong Kong. To date he has published seven novels, including the Bangkok series: Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, Bangkok Haunts, The Godfather of Kathmandu, and Vulture Peak.

Jonathan Aycliffe

JONATHAN AYCLIFFE was born in Belfast in 1949. He studied English, Persian, Arabic and Islamic studies at the universities of Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and lectured at the universities of Fez in Morocco and Newcastle upon Tyne. The author of several ghost stories, he lives in the north of England with his wife. He also writes as Daniel Easterman, under which name he has penned several bestselling thrillers.

Kerry Greenwood

KERRY GREENWOOD is the author of more than forty novels and six non-fiction titles, and the editor of two collections. Phryne Fisher is her most successful series to date - there are currently 18 in the series. She lives in Australia with a registered wizard.

L. A. Larkin

British-Australian thriller author, L.A. Larkin, has been likened to Michael Crichton and Matthew Reilly. The Genesis Flaw was nominated for four crime fiction awards and Thirst described as, 'The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station'. An adventurer at heart, Larkin has spent time in the Antarctic, with scientists at the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian Antarctic Division. L. A. Larkin lives in Sydney and London, and teaches mystery and thriller writing.http://www.lalarkin.com/

Laura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland came to writing by accident, having first gained a degree in microbiology and a masters in public health, and then working as a chemist and microbiologist. She is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed murder mysteries,particularly the Sano Ichiro series set in feudal Japan and featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro. The granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, Laura Joh Rowland grew up in Michigan and now lives in New Orleans.

Lis Howell

Lis Howell teaches television to postgraduate students at City University. As a TV executive she started up Living TV and was first female Head of News at ITV. She later organised Sky's coverage of the First Gulf War. Lis is a practising Anglican.