The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti is the story of an orphan boy named Ren who was raised by monks in a large orphanage. Adopted by a clever grifter named Benjamin Nab, Ren learns the fine art of the con as he and Benjamin join up with grave robbers, thieves, and scam artists.
This book is written with a contemporary flair for words, but it’s really an old time adventure story. The characters are well fleshed out, and even though they’re all doing really reprehensible things, it’s impossible not to like them. Charming and glib, Benjamin Nab and his often surly companion, Tom, take Ren along with them as a foil, to make their thievery easier. Ren, however, becomes the conscience of the trio by sometimes unexpectedly doing the right thing. Ren’s inherent goodness comes shining through and has an interesting impact on those around him.
Hannah Tinti spins a good yarn with this novel, smoothly paced and well written. This book has heart and will leave you with a slightly wistful smile on your face.