Thursday, February 19, 2015

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Fifteen-year-old Katarina, or Kat, Bishop comes from a long, prestigious line of thieves. However, Kat tries to rise above her family roots by creating a new identity for herself. But when a criminal overlord suspects her father of stealing four priceless paintings, Kat must go back to her thieving skills to clear her father's name. This is not an easy job because the paintings are now housed in the most secure museum in the world, the Henley. With a teenage heist crew behind her, Kat has a slim chance of stealing back the paintings and saving her father.

Carter’s story has the intelligence of The Italian Job, the suspense of To Catch a Thief, and the humor of How to Steal a Million. Carter attributes the creation of her story to actual historical events. During World War II, priceless pieces of artwork were stolen by Nazi forces from many prestigious families and museums. Many of those pieces have not resurfaced since that time. In this story, the four paintings owned by the overlord are a part of that tragic history and Kat feels that it’s her duty to help those painting get returned to their rightful owners. Heist Society is expertly crafted with characters that are worth reading about. A great read for both teenagers and adults.

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