In April of 2008, The Thief Maker was named a Finalist in the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books.
Earlier, The Thief Maker was awarded Honorable Mention in the Genre Fiction Category in the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards.
The winners were promoted in the March/April 2008 issue of Writer’s Digest.
“If anything positive emerged out of the mountain of dreck that 9/11 spawned…it was The Thief Maker…Towards the end all bets are off and suddenly the post 9/11 world has turned to Bedlam…The climactic build-up is a shrieking anxious ride that gets thick with complexity and before you know it you’re being hit in the head with a dynamite denoument…an inventive and stylistically nihilistic novel…Schleicher wonderfully captured a lot of nuances of modern-day America spot-on…Schleicher draws the reader into this smartly crafted parallel universe–one that is remarkably like our own world.” – Kent Manthie for Reviewer Magazine
“The Thief Maker is for anyone who loves a good mystery with a psychological edge to it…mysterious, thought-provoking, entertaining and sometimes shocking… All in all, that is just what most mystery lovers want.” – Joe Graham for Reader Views
“Schleicher keeps everything real and gritty, leaving you awestruck by the depth of the misfortune that these people have had to endure. The Thief Maker…hangs around in your mind, percolating with its pathos and all of its insights into human relationships.” – Daniel Jolley, an Amazon.com Top 50 Reviewer
“D. H. Schleicher should be crowned the new King of the Plot Twists. The storyline, characters, and subplots are just so stinking good in The Thief Maker that I cannot help but give it my highest recommendation.” – Floyd M. Orr, author and critic
“Overall, it is a well-written, inventive story that strikes at the heart of what it means for some people to love, hate, be indifferent and get carried along in global as well as personal events.” – Nancy O. Greene, author of Portraits in the Dark
“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.” – Book-of-the-Moment
“…characterizations are engaging, and believable…a wonderful book full of twists and turns and lots of surprises.” – Terry South for Quality Book Reviews
What’s it About?
The Thief Maker ($14.95, ISBN 0-595-40518-5) by D. H. Schleicher is a suspense novel that explores the destruction and restructuring of human relationships in the wake of personal and communal tragedies. Told in “thematic chronology,” the non-linear, multiple point-of-view style is meant to reveal the psychological complexities and intimate details of human interactions.
Is it time to steal a piece of history?
What brings us to this crucial point? Is it more powerful in those public moments of a communal tragedy like the terrorist attacks on 9/11, or is it in the quiet intimacy of that emotional breakdown in the middle of the night when you think no one is watching? What force compels us to question our identity and ache for that connection to someone or something else? What is it that forms our duplicitous nature with one set of eyes unable to examine the present as it is, and one set of eyes trying to imagine a future where we are not haunted by the ghosts of the past? In the wake of America’s War on Terror, the lives of a con man, a private eye, a nurse, and a lesbian couple tragically intertwine in Philadelphia.
The time has come to meet your maker.
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