A Twisted “Moment” for The Thief Maker

Last month, my novel The Thief Maker was featured by “Book of the Moment.”  The novel was yet again praised for its shocking plot twists and multiple-point-of-view style of storytelling:

full of twists and turns, July 3, 2007

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I finished reading “The Thief Maker” about an hour ago, and since then have been turning over in my mind ways to go about adequately summarizing and reviewing this book…its a twisted complex story and therefore, tricky to effectively summarize in a brief way.

The characters in this story intertwine in a way that leaves me at a loss for words. Like I said, its complex, and very twisted. Through the whole story I kept shaking my head…I knew there was a kick coming, but I couldn’t quite figure it out. And when it did come, it was like a slap in the face, and suddenly all the actions and motivations of all the characters became crystal clear.

“The Thief Maker” is a story about losing your identity and struggling to find redemption and revenge in a cold harsh world. The characters are fatally flawed and at the same time, tragically endearing. While they possess characteristics that are far from admirable, a reader can’t help but identify with them — be it through sympathy, empathy or downright admiration. I enjoyed this book from the first page.

The story is told through alternating characters, and sort of jumps back and forth in time. Through the alternating time settings we are filled in on the childhoods and pasts of the present day characters we are following. The chapters in the past help set the tone for the characters’ overall personality and motivations–and will leave you shaking your head at times. While the story is told in both alternate times and through alternate perspectives, it is an easy one to follow, and you’ll soon be caught up in its pages.

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Selling Bonds

Well, he’s done it…and I saw it all live (thanks to my Extra Innings Package)…

Top of the 2nd…approximately 10:30pm EST, August 4, 2007…controversial San Francisco Giants’ poster boy for juicing and bad attitudes, Barry Bonds, nailed his 755th career home run on the third pitch from Padres starter Clay Hensley to tie Hank Aaron for 1st on the all time home run list.  Out of the sheer joy of seeing history before my weary eyes, I instinctively leapt from my seat.  It was met with the oddest mix of boos and applause from the San Diego crowd–seems they were as torn as I with both hatred and awe.  Cheaters always win.  When a relieved and smiling Bonds made his way back to the dugout…I was left wondering–when the hell did his teammate Dave Roberts get so old?  This guy looks like a dwarfish senior citizen next to Bonds’ eternally youthful and swollen head.

Fans can breathe a sigh of relief…as earlier in the day Yakees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to reach 500 career home runs.  The records of cheaters, one hopes, will fall quickly.

Until then, we shall wait pensively with baited breath at each passing at bat…

Honest Hammerin’ Hank, you’ll always be number one in my book.

POST MORTEM: Bonds belted his 756th home run a few nights later, Tuesday, August 7, 2007 to stand alone atop the all time list.  Records are made to fall.

Written by David H. Schleicher