By (author) Sarah Waters

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 36mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1573229725
  • ISBN 13: 9781573229722
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 32,722

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Raised by a loving family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder is sheltered from the worst of the Victorian underworld until it becomes her turn to make the clan's fortune. She must help a professional rogue named Gentleman marry an heiress and then steal the girl's inheritance by declaring her insane. Sue wants to please everyone, but as she's confronted with the seemingly helpless victim, Maud, she begins to have her doubts.

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Author information

Sarah Waters is the" New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Little Stranger," "The Night Watch," "Fingersmith," """Affinity, "and "Tipping the Velvet." She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of "Granta"'s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.

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"Deliciously brazen...a smart and seductive enchantment." --"Los Angeles"" Times" "Oliver Twist with a twist...Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses. A pulsating story." --"The New York Times Book Review " "Astonishing narrative twists." --"Newsday " "Superb storytelling. "Fingersmith "is gripping; so suspenseful and twisting is the plot that for the last 250 pages, I read at breakneck speed." --"USA"" Today " "A deftly plotted thriller...absorbing and elegant." --"Entertainment Weekly" "A marvelous pleasure...Waters's noted attention to historical detail and her beautifully sensitive dialogue help to anchor the force-five plot twisters." --"The Washington Post " "Calls to mind the feverishly gloomy haunts of Charlotte and Emily Bronte...Elaborate and satisfying." --"The Seattle Times" "A sweeping read." --"The Boston Globe"