The Good Thief

The Good Thief

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Growing up in a New England orphanage unaware of his family and of how he had lost his left hand as an infant, twelve-year-old Ren is terrified of the future, until a young man shows up claiming to be his long-lost brother, with whom he embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey of scam artists, petty criminals, and resurrection men.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780385337458
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 22 cm.


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CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

There's a lot of wit and heart to this book, set in 19th-century New England. When a one-armed orphan finally defies the odds and is adopted (for most families only want to adopt the obviously capable), he is extremely happy, particularly when the man who adopts him claims to be his long-lost brother.

Jun 05, 2016

Compelling story, but the plot dragged at points and the characters often seemed one-dimensional.

Nov 25, 2014

Clever and old fashioned

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Against all odds, the elegant man picks one-handed Ren from the line-up of boys at Saint Anthony’s orphanage and claims him as his long lost brother. Of course, in this clever, old-fashioned, larger-than-life adventure, all is not as it seems. Now an accomplice to a con-artist, Ren utters Hail Marys across19th-century New England, narrowly escaping disaster as the risks escalate with the growing humour, farce, and charm. Fine storytelling that would make a great family read-aloud.

path111 Mar 07, 2014

A twelve year old orphan is adopted by a young man claiming to be his brother. Ren hopes to find a family. But also looking an answer to how he came to be abandoned and whatever happened to the his left hand. Interesting story with many turns, (maybe too many). I found the narrative confusing at times.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book Comment: "A real gem of a book with great guys - Ren, Benjamin - delicious villain."

Aug 16, 2012

Persistence paid off with this book. And heroes aren't always who or where you expect.

Blackjack_1 Aug 18, 2011

great, gritty read- boy hero!


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