By Hannah Tinti
Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize * A Washington Post most sensible booklet of 2008 * A Kirkus Reviews most sensible publication of 2008
Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The solid Thief introduces some of the most beautiful younger heroes in modern fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one in all our most fun abilities writing this present day.
Twelve year-old Ren is lacking his left hand. the way it used to be misplaced is a secret that Ren has been attempting to clear up for his whole existence, in addition to who his mom and dad are, and why he was once deserted as an little one at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. while a tender guy named Benjamin Nab seems to be, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, his convincing story of ways Ren misplaced his hand persuades the priests on the orphanage to liberate the boy and to offer Ren a few desire. yet is Benjamin particularly who he says he's? As Ren is brought to a lifetime of hardscrabble experience full of outrageous rip-off artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves, he starts off to suspect that Benjamin not just holds the main to his destiny, yet to his previous as well….
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The railing shook and the stairs appeared able to collapse beneath his toes. sooner than Ren reached the head, a man’s head popped over the sting and seemed down at them. He had hole cheeks, coated in a grey stubble, and an historic white wig of tight curls that coated in simple terms 1/2 his balding head. there has been a serviette tucked into his collar. As they climbed better, Ren observed that he additionally had a painful-looking black eye. Swollen, red, and approximately closed close. “Mister Bowers? ” Tom requested. “Who desires to understand? ” “Our boy has a toothache,” acknowledged Benjamin, gesturing to Ren. “I don’t frequently get buyers so early,” stated Bowers. He appeared doubtful, yet after they reached the head of the steps he used to be relatively nervous that they shouldn’t go away. His breath smelled of espresso with an excessive amount of sugar. His arms have been damp as he shook theirs. “Come in, are available in. ” the store used to be not anything greater than a room, with a light rug over a stained wooden flooring and newspaper ads for wallpaper. A padded chair stood within the middle, in addition to a footstool, a desk, and a tall cupboard with glass doorways. On most sensible of the desk used to be a washbasin, packed with purple water, in addition to an open field containing instruments—small hammers, pliers, drills, and documents. Ren checked out the instruments with horror and was hoping they wouldn't get anyplace close to his mouth. Beside the field rested the is still of Mister Bowers’s breakfast: a bit of darkish bread with jam and a mug of espresso. Bowers pulled the serviette from his collar and started to hide the plate with it. Then he paused. “Do you're keen on jam? ” he requested Ren. “Yes,” stated Ren, hoping the fellow would provide a few. Bowers caught out his decrease lip and checked out Ren as though he have been throughout an exceptional distance. Then he reached inside of his mouth and pulled out his tooth, most sensible and backside. They have been attached with wire—a whole set of dentures. He held them, rainy and glistening, within the palm of his hand. His mouth was once shrunken with no them, the surface round his chin free. “This is what occurs to those that devour jam. ” Bowers gave a smile, or as a lot of 1 as he might deal with together with his empty mouth. Then he driven his the teeth again inside of his face. whilst he comprehensive adjusting his dentures, he tugged at the entrance of his coat, straightened his wig, and stated, “Have a seat. ” Ren was once nonetheless looking at Bowers’s enamel. Benjamin needed to provide the boy a nudge sooner than he climbed up onto the padded chair. “Let’s take a gander,” stated Bowers. Ren opened his mouth and the fellow leaned shut and peered inside of. “What appears to be like the difficulty? ” “My the teeth are loose,” stated Ren. “Is that so? ” stated Bowers. He prodded Ren’s gums, first the ground, then the head, working a fingernail alongside the tongue, wiggling a the teeth the following and there. He stopped the place Ren had knocked out a molar years ahead of and fondled the opening. His arms have been salty. “We’ve been amassing them,” stated Tom. And he placed the handkerchief filled with the teeth at the desk, close to the dentist’s elbow. “Ah,” stated Bowers, glancing on the handkerchief. “That adjustments issues. ” He took his palms from Ren’s mouth and immersed them within the basin of red water, then dried them on his coat.