City of Thieves

by David Benioff

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter namedKolya.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 258 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.27 out of 5
  • Published May 15th 2008 by Viking / Penguin
  • Original Title: City of Thieves
  • ISBN: 0670018708 (ISBN13: 9780670018703)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Lev Beniov
  • (Kolya) Nikolai Alexandrovich Vlasov
  • Literary Awards: ALA Alex Award (2009)

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.