Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura


I listened to the unabridged audio version of The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura and narrated by Charlie Thurston. Fuminori Nakamura is a new to me Japanese writer and his novel, The Thief, is a thriller. 

I was pleasantly surprised by The Thief as I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. The writing and storyline are both good... and the plot is character driven. I even enjoyed the narration by Charlie Thurston as well. The Thief wasn't perfect by any means. The ambiguous ending to this novel was the main issue for me... I've seen plenty of other authors use the same exact kind of ambiguous, opened to interpretation tactic to end their novel and it isn't one of my favorites. Otherwise, The Thief was a pretty decent overall.

Listening time for The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura is 4 hours, 1 minute.

Below is the plot summary for The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura from Audible:
The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly that sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him; nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections....

But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can't refuse. It's an easy job: tie up an old rich man and steal the contents of a safe. No one gets hurt.

Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery. And now the Thief is caught in a tangle even he might not be able to escape.
I am giving The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. Glad you enjoyed this. Ambiguous endings can be so frustrating. Did you make up your own? I do that sometimes.

    1. Sometimes I've made up my own ending for the book. But most of the time I do not.