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Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-"really famous" painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she's also the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz. Soon Marlene sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making—or the ruin—of them all.
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        Peter Carey is the author of nine novels, including the Booker Prize-winning Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang. Born in Australia in 1943, he now lives in New York City.

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      • source: Los Angeles Times Book Review
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        "Utterly absorbing. . . . Carey's book is afire with passion, both love and loathing."

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      • source: The Baltimore Sun
      • content: "Brilliant Peter Carey has written another marvelous novel. . . . Theft is witty, urbane, funny and profound down to its last searing line."
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      • source: San Jose Mercury News
      • content: "[A] very funny new novel [with an] ingeniously worked-out art-fraud plot. . . . Theft is the kind of novel only an abundantly gifted artist, and one serious about his craft, could produce."
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      • source: The New Yorker
      • content: "Peter Carey is a superb writer, whose prose is always active, and who infuses his characters, however eccentric, with a warmth that lets them live in our minds."
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      • source: The Washington Post Book World
      • content: "Magnificent. . . . Hypnotically brilliant, entirely original."
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      • source: The Economist
      • content: "Peter Carey's funny, rumbustious new novel takes on the contemporary art world. . . . Written with terrific verbal energy and a snide, lashing sense of humor, Theft is a marvelous caper, a wicked little love story and a fine mockery of an industry that probably deserves it."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Plain Dealer
      • content: "In a word, superb. . . . 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."
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      • source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      • content: "Opening a Peter Carey novel is a little like being seduced. . . . If you haven't already, you might want to introduce yourself to Peter Carey. Theft is a virtuoso inauguration, not to mention a great first date."
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      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "Carey is a choral group; from novel to novel he soars or plunges from voice to voice, each with its differently piercing note and, for commonality, just a hint of disconcert. . . . In Theft Carey has loosed several different voices at once. Each is full-throated and vividly conceived. . . . Enticing, arresting."
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      • source: The Atlantic Monthly
      • content: "Carey is best known for his (wonderful) historical novels, but he's in his glorious element when writing about the contemporary world, too. . . . He's a consummate storyteller with a wicked eye and a tremendous ventriloquist's gift."
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      • source: The Seattle Times
      • content: "[Carey is a] brilliantly inventive writer. . . . [Theft] is an authentic love story about two brothers who can't stand themselves, and can't live without each other."
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      • source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
      • content: "Full of compelling insights couched in fresh, sparkling prose, the aptly titled Theft makes the right moves at the right time. It's the rare novelistic gem that deserves to crack the divide between commercial success and critical acclaim."
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      • source: The New York Review of Books
      • content: "On the surface Carey's [prose] pulls us forward in an atmosphere of antic noir. But the book turns out to be nearly as dense with themes, subplots, and embedded details as a more capacious and ambitious work like Oscar and Lucinda. . . . Impressive."
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      • source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
      • content: "Devilishly clever. . . . Features some of Carey's best writing to date. . . . Carey provides a vivid and beautiful portrait of how art is actually made--and how its vibrations are felt."
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      • source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
      • content: "A complete, compelling and satisfying tale."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bloomberg.com
      • content: "A tale of fame, infatuation and murder, thrillingly rendered in the feisty and fearless prose for which Carey is renowned."
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      • source: Rocky Mountain News
      • content: "The plot of Theft is well crafted and engaging, but the real strength of the novel is in its characterizations. . . . It's Carey's genius that these two cranky misfits rule the day. . . . A wild and satisfying ride."
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      • source: Salon
      • content: "There are lots of novels that rhapsodize about great paintings, but this one makes you feel the tactile, unprettyfied glory of painting. . . . The prose almost throbs. [Carey] does this very hard thing--conveying the genius of one art form in another--so masterfully."
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      • content: "A screwball noir tale. . . . Carey is a loon from down under, a mad max who drives language and plot straight through the great barrier reef of the commonplace. . . . In this divine comedy of a novel, Carey gives his readers a rollicking lark of a story as well as a sense of eternity in a grain of sand."
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      • source: The Guardian (London)
      • content: "Magnificent. . . . Theft is a novel that will get right up your nose. Carey has produced a humane
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        Two-time Booker-winner Carey (Oscar and Lucinda
        and True History of the Kelly Gang
        ) returns with a magnificent high-stakes art heist wrapped around a fraternal saga. Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother, Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world. One rain-flooded night, a chic young woman knocks on their door, having lost her way. She is Marlene, wife of Olivier Leibovitz, son and heir to an early 20th-century master. Soon the brothers are embroiled in an international crime investigation that eventually comprises forgery, vast sums of money and murder. None of this, however, distracts Butcher from his overpowering love affair with Marlene, which threatens to leave Hugh stranded in an unforgiving world. Scenes in Australia, Japan and New York feature unique forms of fleecing, but setting and action are icing on the emotional core of Carey's newest masterwork. 75,000 announced first printing.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        Starred review from May 1, 2006
        Michael Boone, a.k.a. Butcher Bones, is a formerly famous Australian painter of working-class background who has lost all of his art in an acrimonious divorce and now finds himself broke and exiled to a patron -s house in the outback. There, he tries to begin painting again while taking care of Hugh, his psychologically damaged brother and alter ego. Into this already tumultuous world stumbles the bright, beautiful, and amoral Marlene, a similarly self-made art authenticator with a tie to the estate of a famous painter. The two begin a love affair that helps Boone restart his career while at the same drawing him ever deeper into the more nefarious aspects of the art world. Theft is the overarching metaphor of the novel, covering everything from aspects of the artistic process, to the relationship between artists and collectors, to the art world generally, and it -s a metaphor that Carey ("Oscar and Lucinda") likely intends to extend into the world at large. Sharply observed, well written, and acerbically witty, this book will only further Carey -s reputation. Recommended for all public libraries." -Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, Andover, MA"

        Copyright 2006 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        Starred review from March 15, 2006
        Twice a Booker Prize winner, Carey creates a whole new world in each novel, and nearly a new language, so fresh and transfixing are the voices of his narrators. And yet he has his signal preoccupations, primary among them a fascination with the demonic side of creativity and questions of authenticity and fakery, concerns that come to the fore in this barbed, intriguing art caper. Michael Boone, known in his small Australian hometown of Bacchus Marsh as Butcher in acknowledgment of his father's trade, surpassed expectations and became a famous painter until he landed in prison. Just out, he's working feverishly, determined not to be distracted by Hugh, his somewhat frightening brother, or sexy, enigmatic Marlene. Hugh--a big, blustering, bumbling, and passionate fellow not quite right in the head yet plenty intelligent in his own way (he and Butcher alternate as narrators)--is his brother's albatross, and, perhaps, saving grace. Marlene turns out to be a cutthroat mastermind who gets the three of them into all kinds of complicated trouble. Carey is at his satirical best as he mocks the venality of the international art market, and at his most tender in his spirited portrayal of daring misfits who fled the confines of working-class life "half mad with joy" once they discovered the transformative power of art.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2006, American Library Association.)

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