Catch Me If You Can (Books About Thieves)

Thieves are fascinating -- reading about those quick fingers almost as if they have a mind of their own and the characters just obey rather than the other way around. I enjoy the moral ambiguity of thieves stealing in order to survive. I like witnessing thieves stealing for the joy of it. I enjoy all the things about thieves, and you should, too! Basically I like it all...

The Thief (QT #1) by Megan Whalen Turner

Published Year: 1996
Genre: Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

"The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the thief's abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses."

Twisty and interesting, the Thief will keep you guessing until the very end.

Heist Society (HS #1) by Ally Carter

Published Year: 2010
Genre: YA Contemporary
Subtitle: Good, but not Great

"When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected."

Contemporary teenage thieves. Count me in!

Star Crossed (Thief Errant #1) by Elizabeth C Bunce

Published Year: 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Good

"Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold--as well as plenty of jewels for the taking."

Thievery with a dose of blackmail and self discovery.

Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by AC Gaughen

Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Good

"Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets - skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood's band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet's biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know...that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl."

A spin on the classic tale of Robin Hood -- steal from the rich to give to the poor, & keep your hair covered.

A Spy in the House (Agency #1) by YS Lee

Published Year: 2009
Genre: Historical Fiction
Subtitle: Great

"Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there?"

A dramatic beginning, but read along as Mary puts her skills to the test.

Take a Thief (Novel of Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey

Published Year: 2001
Genre: Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

"Skif was an orphan who would have died from malnutrition and exposure if he had never met Deke the pickpocket.  By the time he was twelve, Skif was an accomplished cat burglar.  But it wasn't until he decided to steal a finely tacked-out white horse, which was, oddly enough, standing unattended in the street, that this young thief discovered that the tables could turn on him--and that he himself could be stolen!"

A scifi companion novel about a thief who is stolen away.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Published Year: 2008
Genre: Historical Fiction
Subtitle: TBR

"During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible."

From one of the producers of GOT, it seems very intriguing to me!

Honorable mention: A Matter of Magic by Patricia C Wrede, because Kim does get into the whole mess by starting out as a thief even if she isn't a thief for every long...