Shades of the Duke, the King and even Fagin: Benjamin Nab spins stories that have them all beat. Wanted on 17 separate charges, he can usually come up with the necessary lie to get out of the fix.
The Good Thief By Hannah Tinti
A good bookReminiscent of Dickens, set in New England. Included a giant, a midget, a landlady, an evil industrialist, factory girls, an orphan, and on and on. Nonetheless, the story grabbed me and the main character's (Ren's) search for how to be good in a bad world was captivating. Our little orphan hero was constantly beset by one peril or another, and this certainly kept the action moving. It was a bit like a comic-book from that standpoint. While many of the characters were painted with a wide brushstroke, some seemed real and human enough for me to care what happened to them. And I definitely cared for, and was sad for, the horse. This was a good, but not great, book.