The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose

The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose

"If you can't imagine how a wayward teenage girl would wind up in the same story as a secret society influenced by the artist Marcel Duchamp, Rose will make you a believer.  This phenomenal debut feels like a sharp, suspenseful scavenger hunt -- a jam-packed story that touches on everything from urban exploration to the dark net and somehow, incredibly, makes it all work.  This is the kind of book where SO MUCH happens in just the first 100 pages, and you'll be dying to see what happens next.  So smart, so well-done... I just loved this books! "  -Recommended by Erika

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ISBN: 9780735221833
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Published: Viking - August 1st, 2017

Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the facade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key to it all.


Aided by Tomi, a young hacker and artist with whom she has struck a wary alliance, Lee escapes into the unmapped corners of the city--empty aquariums, deserted motels, patrolled museums, and even the homes of vacationing families. But the deeper she goes underground, the more tightly she finds herself bound in the strange web she's trying to elude. Desperate and out of options, Lee steps from the shadows to face who is after her--and why.


A novel of puzzles, conspiracies, secret societies, urban exploration, art history, and a singular, indomitable heroine, The Readymade Thief heralds the arrival of a spellbinding and original new talent in fiction.