The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

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A pickpocket’s life is laid bare…
…he might find his life is not his own.

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Ishikawa found the ideal mark. A man wanted to show off in a private club, to pay for pleasure for himself and his male staff – except it wasn’t actually his own money. Director of a religious organisation, the money in the kitty had become too tempting. The dip was simplicity itself. As they came into the club, a bump, a knock. One bag of paper exchanged for the bag of money. Ten million yen.

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Life too was simplicity itself for Nishimura. Ishikawa had shown him what was possible. Then, like any other hard working man he prospered. He honed his skills and they paid for the things in his life. That is until Ishikawa came back to Tokyo and back into his life. Now though his friend was caught up in a larger game – working for one of the big players in the game of moving money out of people's pockets. Moving it out of deep pockets. And he offers to deal Nishimura into the game. A chance to make an absolute fortune.