Theft: A Love Story is one of Peter Carey's most searingly inventive novels yet. Wise, funny, profound.
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 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 . . .
'Magnificent . . .A rudely brilliant, infuriatingly beautiful, belligerently profane work of art.' Janet Maslin, New York Times
'A consummate storyteller with a wicked eye and a tremendous ventriloquist's gift.' Atlantic Monthly
'Brilliantly inventive . . . An authentic love story about two brothers who can't stand themselves, and can't live without each other.' Seattle Times
'The work of a novelist willing his way into greatness minute by gritty minute.' The Australian
'Utterly absorbing . . . Afire with passion, both love and loathing.' Los Angeles Times Book Review