Search this Site
powered by FreeFind
Search other book
review web sites

Your one stop for finding multiple professional reviews of recently released books.

Theft by Peter Carey

Theft is narrated by the Boone brothers: Michael (also called Butcher Bones), a painter down on his luck who's lost his artwork to his ex-wife, and Hugh (Slow Bones), a large man with brain damage and a tendency for violence. The two of them live in the country house of one of Hugh's patrons, although they tend to either damage or sell the patrons' belongings. Despite his own reluctance, Hugh starts painting again, perhaps finally creating his masterpiece. This is all interrupted by a chance encounter with Marlene Leibovitz, the daughter-in-law of a famous painter with her own shady background. She charms both men, and Hugh finds himself falling in love with her, even as he doesn't trust her. She draws him back into the art world, involving him in a plan to steal one of her father-in-law's paintings. It's a world where truth and honesty often take a beating, and much isn't what it appears to be. Peter Carey explores his usual themes of the fine line between truth and fiction and Theft has received mostly positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer saying, "It's not just the story, which is a roller coaster, or the characters, each of whom is so memorable, but the sheer physicality of Carey's writing that makes Theft so good. Read it. You won't be disappointed."
[read excerpt]
Buy Theft by Peter Carey

Washington Post review by Ron Charles

Christian Science Monitor review by Yvonne Zipp

San Francisco Chronicle review by Christine Thomas

BookPage review by Deborah Donovan

Boston Globe review by Richard Eder

Sydney Morning Herald review by Andrew Reimer

Peter Carey
Buy from the UK Buy from Canada
Buy from France Buy from Germany
[click book cover for page for Theft]
[click "Buy from the UK" for page for Theft]

Buy gift card