The Good Thief (novel)

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The Good Thief
Author Hannah Tinti
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fiction
Published 2008
Publisher Dial Press

The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti, is a debut novel published in 2008 by Dial Press. It is the story of Ren, an orphan adopted by a pair of gentleman rogues in early American New England and led willingly into a life of crime. Ren, who is missing his left hand, is taught to lie, steal and run confidence games by his new mentor, Benjamin Nab, and they travel to the city of North Umbridge, where a mousetrap factory owner reigns supreme using his army of hired thugs ("hat boys") and the unmarried, dowdy girls who work in the factory ("mousetrap girls").

The Good Thief is the winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award[1] and the Center for Fiction's John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize.[2]