The Good Thief is a quick-moving adventure/heist tale featuring a classic orphaned main character who would feel right at home next to Pip or Oliver. The story skirts the shifting line between young adult and adult, which is right where I like my coming-of-age narratives. The characters weren't too whiny, and the danger was real enough for adult audiences. It doesn't dig too far into any moral quandaries, but that's okay! Good story, fun characters, a good, light read.
Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, "The Good Thief" introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Tinti as an exciting new talent.