The Face Thief

The Face Thief

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Author of the New York Times Notable Book The Boy Who Went Away--winner of the Rome Prize and the British Society of Authors' McKitterick Prize--Eli Gottlieb returns with The Face Thief. A powerfully dark and gripping tale of two men obsessed with one very charismatic, very damaged woman who's determined to con from each of them everything she needs to survive, The Face Thief offers highest quality psychological suspense--an ideal follow up to the author's masterful Now You See Him. A writer who can do no wrong, Eli Gottlieb shines with The Face Thief--an effective, provocative, and all around extraordinary novel, written with the literary flair and power of Ian McEwan and rich in its searing portraits of fallible lovers and marriages under siege.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 247 pages
  • 111.76 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061735043
  • 9780061735042
  • 1,237,753

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"The Face Thief is compulsively, irresistibly readable. ... Page-turning....Compelling.... Unparalleled sex-appeal... Gottlieb has a marvelous sense of suspense. "--Shelf Awareness
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Eli Gottlieb, acclaimed author of Now You See Me, returns with "a taut psychological thriller" (Publishers Weekly) "that pushes you down the stairs and never lets you get your feet back under you." (Daily News)

Margot is a charismatic, promising journalist who morphs into a grifter preying on men's weaknesses. An expert in the ancient Chinese art of face reading, Margot can assess vulnerabilities in others as she seamlessly rearranges her own look and persona to fit any situation. The Face Thief moves fluidly forward and back in time, drawing vivid portraits of Margot's rocky childhood and her adult victims: a newly married man, an esteemed teacher, and a well-meaning New York City cop.

Ingeniously constructed and exquisitely written, The Face Thief swirls a hypnotic dance of predator and prey. Rich in suspense, psychological depth, and nuance, this novel confirms Gottlieb's standing as "a master" (Denver Post) and, in the words of essayist Phillip Lopate, "an enthralling stylist who[se] . . . characters are shockingly, electrically alive."
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Rating details

420 ratings
3.08 out of 5 stars
5 8% (34)
4 23% (98)
3 43% (180)
2 20% (85)
1 5% (23)
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