Bless The Thief

Alan Wall

ISBN 10: 0436203987 / ISBN 13: 9780436203985
Verlag: Secker & Warburg, 1997
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Titel: Bless The Thief

Verlag: Secker & Warburg

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Hardback in Dust Wrapper.

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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A first novel of remarkable ingenuity, Bless the Thief is a fast-paced literary mystery involving a secret society, art forgery, and the Hindenburg disaster.

Born to an American mother and a British father, Tom Lynch lives with his mother in America until she sends him off to his appointed guardian in England, Patrick Grimshaw. Grimshaw becomes a surrogate father to Tom, who never knew his real father, and he inducts Tom into the mysterious Delaquay Society, an organization based on the works of Alfred Delaquay, a book illustrator of considerable genius and perversity. The books Delaquay illustrated were produced by hand, seldom in editions of more than one, and their reproduction or sale is prohibited by the Society. As its youngest-ever English secretary, Tom becomes increasingly involved with the Delaquay Society, until a breach of the Society's conventions of secrecy blows apart its hermetic and obsessively closed world and he is caught up in the resulting chaos. As the manner of his life begins to exact a heavy toll, so the Society takes its own terrible revenge, and Tom Lynch comes finally to understand who he really is and where he came from.

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Praise for Bless the Theif

"Full of passion, charged with a sense of the transforming
power of art and with the reality of good and evil. It is an
impressive and unusual debut."
The Observer

"Elegantly written and intriguing."
--The Literary Review

"Wall's writing can be luminous in its clarity; and Tom's
descent into his own fin-de-siècle hell of alcoholism
and forgery are superbly done."
--The Spectator

"An ambitiously twisty intellectual adventure....Profundities--real ones--survive felicitously and well inside an often
sordid tale of mystery and high squalor."
--Kirkus Reviews

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