Taking place in modern Japan, the protagonist, the thief is an expert pickpocket who is recruited for one big score. As one would guess, the theft doesn't go exactly as planned and the thief is left to pick up the pieces. Nakamura\'s writing is both philosophical and kinetic. When he describes the way that the thief uses different techniques to relieve his targets of their wares, you can see it in your mind as if you are right there as it is happening. In fact, Nakamura practiced some of these very techniques on his friends that he would invite over for parties. Don\'t worry, he gave them back their items at the end of the night.