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The Face Thief

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

The Face Thief

Eli Gottlieb

A driving, compulsive novel that explores human greed and loyalty corrupted by temptation.

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9781847658777 (4 Apr 2013)

About the book

Margot is a grifter, making her living preying on the weaknesses of men. She is an avenging angel, shattering marriages and draining bank accounts.

Exploring what drives her quest to deceive and disarm, The Face Thief moves fluidly forward and back in time, drawing vivid portraits of Margot's rocky childhood and her adult victims: an amiable, newly married man enticed into a catastrophic fraud; an esteemed teacher outwitted by his most dangerous student; and a well-meaning New York City cop tripped up by his belief in redemption.

Rich in suspense and psychological depth, The Face Thief swirls around predator and prey, creating a landscape where the educated are violent, the beautiful ugly, and the well-intentioned hapless, though all are constantly attempting to right their toppled lives.

About the author

Eli Gottlieb's New York Times Notable Book, The Boy Who Went Away, won the Rome Prize and the 1998 McKitterick Prize from the British Society of Authors. His second novel, Now You See Him, has been translated into eleven languages. He lives in New York City.


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

A dark libido animates this novel that can't be resisted

- Walter Kirn

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


One of the most stunningly written psychological thrillers of the year so far; an intriguing, cautionary tale of what happens when we only see what we want to see

- Sunday Express

Wonderful ... angular, super-realist noir, its meticulous prose a savage delight

- Guardian

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

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