By Fuminori Nakamura
A literary crime masterpiece that follows a eastern pickpocket misplaced to the machinations of destiny. Bleak and oozing existential dread, The Thief is just unforgettable.
The Thief is a pro pickpocket. nameless in his adapted swimsuit, he weaves out and in of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so easily occasionally he doesn’t even take into accout the grasp. most folks are only a blur to him, anonymous faces from whom he chooses his sufferers. He has no relations, no buddies, no connections.... yet he does have a prior, which eventually catches up with him whilst Ishikawa, his first associate, reappears in his lifestyles, and provides him a task he can’t refuse. It’s a simple activity: tie up an previous wealthy guy, scouse borrow the contents of the secure. not anyone will get harm. basically the day after the activity does he examine that the previous guy was once a in demand baby-kisser, and that he was once brutally killed after the theft. And now the Thief is stuck in a tangle even he will not be capable of escape.
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