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Portrait of a Thief

The Instant Sunday Times & New York Times Bestseller

Grace D. Li



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Coronet Books
14 April 2022
Crime & mystery
A remarkably assured debut Sunday Times
This is as much a novel as a reckoning. New York Times

The characters are alluring and ... engaging. So too are the emotional struggles the crew endure as they try to balance duty to family with their love for China and the need to understand their own personalities. Literary Review

This is the heist novel we deserve. Brilliantly twisty and yet so contemplative [...

] this book will continue to haunt you long after you've reached the end.

-Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties

Portrait of a Thief was everything I imagined and more. The writing felt close and intimate and the characters felt like portraits themselves, bursting with life and delicately human.

-Morgan Rogers, author of Honey Girl

Grace D. Li is a virtuosic storyteller [...

] the most exciting debut I've read this year [...

] an intelligent page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very end.

-Lauren Wilkinson, New York Times bestselling author of American Spy

In this slick, dazzling, debut, the stakes are high and the writing elegant. Here's a story that offers not just adventure or a reprieve from the everyday, but big dreams, big hearts, enduring friendships, and the multitudes of identities that can exist within each one of us.

-Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

A beautiful examination of identity as children of the diaspora [...

] This fast-paced heist leaves you clutching the pages and rooting for the thieves.

-Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

A lyrical and action-packed tale of yearning, connection, self-discovery, and righting wrongs, Portrait of a Thief is a unique vision of what it means to come home.

-Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of The Violence

This was how things began: Boston on the cusp of fall, the Sackler Museum robbed of 23 pieces of priceless Chinese art. Even in this back room, dust catching the slant of golden, late-afternoon light, Will could hear the sirens. They sounded like a promise.

Will Chen, a Chinese American art history student at Harvard, has spent most of his life learning about the West - its art, its culture, all that it has taken and called its own. He believes art belongs with its creators, so when a Chinese corporation offers him a (highly illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless s
Imprint:   Coronet Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9781529386394
ISBN 10:   152938639X
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Grace D. Li grew up in Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Duke University, where she studied biology and creative writing. She currently attends medical school at Stanford University. Portrait of a Thief is her debut novel.

Reviews for Portrait of a Thief: The Instant Sunday Times & New York Times Bestseller

This is a remarkably assured debut that deftly uses its heist-caper framework to make its political points. -- John Dugdale * Sunday Times *

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