"A smart and original novel that flies from beginning to end...part noir, part anti-capitalist creed—its voice is both seductive and addictive." —Richard Price, author of Lush Life
An unholy marriage of the classic American road narrative combined with the slyest moments of Thomas Pynchon, Give + Take is one part caper, one part social satire. Disillusioned after years of conspicuous consumption, jazz pianist Ross Clifton has become a talented thief, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. But when his teenage nephew, Cray, turns up to join him, his life on the road is turned upside down. Between his nephew's criminal aspirations and Ross' romance with an enigmatic singer, his grifter lifestyle is about to be in serious jeopardy.
Fast, furious, and felonious, Give + Take races along to a thrilling climax.
|Publisher:||St. Martin''s Publishing Group|
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About the Author
STONA FITCH is the founder of Concord Free Press, a non-profit publishing venture. His novels have been published in the US, UK, France and Germany. He lives with his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
Stona Fitch is the founder of Concord Free Press, a non-profit publishing venture. His novels, which include Give + Take and Senseless, have been published in the US, UK, France and Germany. He lives with his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jazz pianist Ross Clifton travels from gig to gig where he picks up wealthy women attending his performance. He actually makes a much better living robbing diamonds from his affluent tryst partners. However Ross' perfect life begins to tank when asked to watch his sixteen year old nephew Cray. Ross cannot stand his brother's son. However, when Cray catches his felonious uncle thieving, he raises the stakes at a time the pianist visits his dying father and falls in love with thieving singer Marianne London. Now his nephew's actions compounded by his girlfriend's past threaten Clifton in ways he could not imagine. Give + Take is a wild romantic family noir held together by the felonies that take on a life of their own. The cast is strong, especially the lead trio, but so is the ensemble in pursuit of them in a fast-paced with plenty of action stealing scenes. Readers will enjoy this zany thriller in which the "good" guys' motto is a family that thieves together belongs together as the once finely tuned but now off key antihero pianist must wonder if either his girl or his nephew are the "Backstabbers". Harriet Klausner
I had high hopes for this book; on the cover is a ringing endorsement by the great novelist Richard Price. However, the author failed to convince me that the lead character--a traveling jazz pianist who plays at expense account hotels while maintaining a sideline business as a luxury car and jewel thief--was anything but every man's fantasy. (He also gets to seduce lots of beautiful women in order to relieve them of their jewels.)I like fantasy as much as the next guy but a plot that actually moves will keep me reading. Also, it helps if the characters, particularly the main one, was not cut out of James Bond's cardboard box.
Not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed it. It's a fast read, has good character development, and makes you root for the thief.