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City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Cover to City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

If you’re going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don’t exist.

Tina and her mother fled the Congo as refugees, trading their war-torn village for the vibrant metropolis of Sangui City. Life was supposed to get better. Their new home, the City of Saints and Thieves, was supposed to be safe.

But when Tina finds her mother dead in the private study of her employer, Mr. Greyhill, she knows just who is to blame. The Greyhill family is hiding something behind their wealth. And Tina’s mother knew their secret.

Years later, Tina is living on the streets. She’s a master thief with the Goondas, a Sangui City gang, and has spent years learning to disappear and acquiring the skills she needs for vengeance against her mother’s killer.

Her plan is simple: Dirt. Money. Blood. Steal evidence of Mr. Greyhill’s crimes and ruin his reputation forever. Help the Goondas empty his bank count. And then, she’ll destroy him. Finally and completely.

It’s the perfect recipe for revenge . . . until she gets caught. While breaking into the Greyhill mansion, Tina is discovered by Mr. Greyhill’s teenage son, Michael. Unwilling to believe that his father is a killer, Michael convinces Tina to team up and investigate her mother’s murder.

City of Saints and Thieves, by Natalie C. Anderson, is a nail-biting thriller that takes readers from the gang-filled streets of a bustling Kenyan city, to the violence and hope of eastern Congo.

Readers interested in gripping books set in Africa will also want to check out The Bitter Side of Sweet, by Tara Sullivan; Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor; and Diamond Boy, by Michael Williams.