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The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
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Dec 19, 2008

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The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti has some very interesting characters, and it was a pretty decent read, but I felt the ending left something to be desired.

The story is about an orphan Ren, who longs to know his history. One day Benjamin comes to the orphanage and claims the boy as his long lost younger brother.

It turns out Benjamin is a thief and soon Ren is taught how to be a thief as well.

The pair join Benjamin's regular partner Tom. While robbing a grave, one corpse winds up not being a corpse at all, but a giant of a man named Dolly who befriends Ren and is an acknowledged murderer.

The group reside at a boarding house whose owner Mrs. Sands is revered by Ren as a motherly figure he never had despite her rough demeanor.

The thieving gets the group in trouble with the local robber-baron, who has an interest in Ren as well.

Tinti tries to pull the story together in the end, but certain occurrences, such as Dolly's return, the mousetrap girls' assistance, and the will either needed more development or required a stretch to believe even within the context of the story.

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