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Fingersmith
Sarah Waters
Adult Fiction WATERS

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Raised by a loving family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder is sheltered from the worst of the seamy Victorian underworld until it becomes her turn to make her clan's fortune. She must help a professional rogue named Gentleman marry an heiress and then steal the poor girl's inheritance by declaring her insane. Sue wants to please her adoptive mother and friends and persuades herself that she can do the job, but once she's confronted with the seemingly hapless victim, Maud, she begins to have doubts. Sue and Maud's connection is just one reason the scam quickly falls apart. Each clearly drawn character is ensnared by secrets and lies that force his or her actions, and everyone is both a predator and a victim. As in her earlier works (e.g., Affinity), Waters slowly and inexorably builds the tension in this hard-to-put-down novel, which is full of atmospheric details about grand houses, petty slums, and Victorian madhouses. Readers will turn the pages with delighted dread. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/01.] Devon Thomas, Hass Assocs., Inc., Ann Arbor, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Sue Trinder
Female
Age: 17
Orphan
Raised by Grace to be a pickpocket.
Thief

Grace Sucksby
Female
Adoptive mother
Raises discarded infants to become petty thieves.

Richard Rivers, aka "Gentleman"
Male
Con man

Maud Lilly
Female
Age: Young adult
Wealthy
Innocent; naive.



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