An award-winning story by Lee Murray. The Thief's Tale won the 'short story award' category in the Sir Julius Vogel (SJV) awards in New Zealand in 2015.
Whitney is a thief. A good one. Like a mosquito she comes in quietly, first anaesthetising, then feeding, and finally leaving before her prey know any better. It's a strategy which has worked for her 22 times in the past. But when she lands in Refuge, a discovery at an estate sale opens the door to other possibilities.
The Thief's Tale is part of The Refuge Collection, a series of short stories by various authors, set in the shared world of Refuge, which residents often describe as “Heaven to Some, Hell to Others”. All proceeds from sales of The Refuge Collection are donated to recognised charities in support of refugees and others seeking refuge in the real world.
For more information about The Refuge Collection, please refer to RefugeCollection.com.
What other book might you compare The Thief's Tale to, and why?
In some ways it made me think of Clive Barker's "The Damnation Game", and naturally the township of Refuge is a shared-world township from "The Refuge Collection" anthology so it reminded me of that, too.
Which character – as performed by Steve Dillon – was your favourite?
The Mayor is certainly played with flair.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I listened to the book in one sitting.