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Author: Adam Langer Narrator: Rich Orlow Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781449839864
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Ian Minot is an aspiring writer who labors over short stories that seem destined to remain unread. His beautiful Romanian girlfriend, Anya Petrescu, finds success more easily, and leaves Ian for Blade Markham, a bloviating ex-gangbanger whose “so-called memoir” is a bestseller.

When Ian is approached by ex-editor Jed Roth, who wants Ian to publish Jed’s pulpy tale of book theft and murder as a memoir, then renounce it, it’s a chance for both of them to get revenge: Jed on his former employer, and Ian on the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Thieves of Manhattan is a sly and cutting riff on the book-publishing world that is quite funny unless you happen to be an author, in which case the novel will make you consider a more sensible profession—like being a rodeo clown, for example, or a crab-fisherman in the Bering Sea.”

    Carl Hiaasen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “An über-hip caper that pays homage to and skewers the state of publishing and flash-in-the-pan authors.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wonderfully mischievous…As soulful and morally committed as it is funny and clever.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hysterically funny…Langer has written an immensely clever novel, by turns tenderhearted and satirical—an affecting, altogether plausible portrait of one writer’s passage through good times and bad.

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The Thieves of Manhattan may be to publishing what Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was to the military.”

    Associated Press

  • “If you want to feel somewhat literary and very hip, try jumping on the speedy ride that is The Thieves of Manhattan. Novelist Adam Langer delivers plenty of cool in this satire of the New York literary scene in which aspiring writer Ian Minot is tempted – after observing the unearned success of others – into taking part in a literary scam. The question, however, becomes: Who is really scamming whom?”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Love and art merge with cheerful cynicism in Langer’s madcap skewering of New York’s personality-mad publishing industry.”


  • “A dizzyingly clever novel…Lots of fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, August 2010

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuck | 6/27/2011

    " book within books, a nice novel of writing and art in the big city. Kind of goofy in it's noir sensibilities, but then is a real page-turner too. Lots of fun for book readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jc | 6/5/2011

    " I do so love a good literary in-joke and this was laden with them. This was such fun to read, particularly as the pace picked up in the final third of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/30/2011

    " Hard to put down. Such a fun, unexpected thriller, written with biting humor about writers and the publishing world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/8/2011

    " Clever story about the book publishing biz "

About the Author

Adam Langer is an American author best known for his novel Crossing California, which was published in 2004.

About the Narrator

Rich Orlow is a film, television, and voice actor. Among his audiobook narrations are The Outsider by Jimmy Connors, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.