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The Face Thief

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The Face Thief

By Eli Gottlieb

William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061735042, 247pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

Author of the New York Times Notable Book The Boy Who Went Away--winner of the Rome Prize and the British Society of Authors' McKitterick Prize--Eli Gottlieb returns with The Face Thief. A powerfully dark and gripping tale of two men obsessed with one very charismatic, very damaged woman who's determined to con from each of them everything she needs to survive, The Face Thief offers highest quality psychological suspense--an ideal follow up to the author's masterful Now You See Him. A writer who can do no wrong, Eli Gottlieb shines with The Face Thief--an effective, provocative, and all around extraordinary novel, written with the literary flair and power of Ian McEwan and rich in its searing portraits of fallible lovers and marriages under siege.

Praise For The Face Thief

“Psychological depth and mystery cast in great sentences: the result is a suspenseful, beautifully achieved example of what happens when a serious novelist wants us to keep turning the pages.”
-Francine Prose, New York Times bestselling author of My New American Life

“A dark libido animates this novel that can’t be resisted. The reward is an intimate literary encounter with a force that is beyond good and evil, and turns the mystical screws behind our unfathomable human destinies.”
-Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air and Lost in the Meritocracy

“One of those remarkable books that sneaks up on the reader, startles, and remains memorable long after the final paragraph is read.”

“A sublime thriller…an elegant and profound novel of memory, perception and reinvention.”

“A taut psychological thriller… Not just a gifted storyteller, Gottlieb provocatively explores human relationships and the lies we tell ourselves and each other.”
-Publishers Weekly

The Face Thief pushes you down the stairs on the first page and never lets you get your feet back under you. Extraordinary characters… Gottlieb expertly guides you through the minds and emotions of the people who drive this crafty psychological thriller. This is a must-read.”
-The Daily News

“With words that trip smoothly across the page like stones skimming the surface of a still pond, Eli Gottlieb brings to life three main characters in the The Face Thief. … A mesmerizing read.”
-Suspense Magazine

The Face Thief is compulsively, irresistibly readable. … Page-turning.…Compelling…. Unparalleled sex-appeal… Gottlieb has a marvelous sense of suspense. ”
-Shelf Awareness

“Frightfully good…Gottlieb’s writing is strong.”
-Associated Press

“Gottlieb’s stunning structural dynamics, stylistic virtuosity, and shrewd reading of contemporary culture make for a compelling, thought-provoking tale.”
-Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review

“A fast-paced and compelling story.”
-Library Journal

“A remarkable book that sneaks up on the reader, startles, and remains memorable long after the last paragraph is read.”

“Jaunty... suspenseful.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“An effective study of the effects of greed on the human psyche.”
-Romantic Times

“Never dull.”
-Daily Texan