The Good Thieves

Katherine Rundell

The Good Thieves
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The Good Thieves

Katherine Rundell

‘Vita set her jaw, and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight.’

Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.

Katherine Rundell’s fifth novel is a heist as never seen before - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.


The Good Thieves is a fast-paced heist adventure about Vita Marlowe, a girl who comes with her mother to New York to stay with her grieving grandfather. Vita arrives determined to reclaim her family home acquired by the dramatically fearful character Sorrotore, a ‘business’ man with shady and dangerous connections. Our clever heroine is brave, sharp-witted and a polio survivor. She does suffer physically as a result of the disease, but doesn’t let it stop her as she devises her plot and gathers together a group of friends (circus performers, pickpocket) with skills to complement her own significant knife-throwing talent – as taught to her by her beloved grandfather during her recovery from illness.

Katherine Rundell ably conveys the vibrant atmosphere of Prohibition-era New York – both the glamour and the grit. There are twists and turns but not a page is wasted. Fabulous, interesting and genuine characters paired with a clever edge-of-your seat plot make this one a cracker! For readers aged 9+.

Morgana Keating works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn

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