From the two-time Booker Prizeâ€“winning author and recipient of the Commonwealth Prize comes this new novel about obsession, deception, and redemption, at once an engrossing psychological suspense story and a work of highly charged, fiendishly funny literary fiction.Michaelâ€”a.k.a. â€śButcherâ€ťâ€”Boone is an exâ€“â€śreally famousâ€ť painter: opinionated, furious, brilliant, and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility. Alone together theyâ€™ve forged a delicate and shifting equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives on three-inch Manolo Blahnik heels. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, sheâ€™s also the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz, one of Butcherâ€™s earliest influences. Sheâ€™s sweet to Hugh and falls in love with Butcher, and they reciprocate in kind. And she sets in motion a chain of events that could be the makingâ€”or the ruinâ€”of them all.Told through the alternating points of view of the brothersâ€”Butcherâ€™s urbane, intelligent, caustic observations contrasting with Hughâ€™s bizarre, frequently poetic, utterly unique voiceâ€”Theft reminds us once again of Peter Careyâ€™s remarkable gift for creating indelible, fascinating characters and a narrative as gripping as it is deliriously surprising.