Taking their annual road trip across America in their giant Winnebago, Max and his nephew, Owen, seem harmless enough, the actorly old fellow spouting Shakespeare while his young charge trots him through select tourist destinations. But appearances, as you might imagine, deceive. Max is actually a master thief, and young Owen’s summer vacations constitute his apprenticeship in a life of crime.
Pulling heists is scary enough, but what’s worse, ominous signs indicate that The Subtractors – criminal bogeymen who stop at nothing to steal from other thieves – are on their tail. The road trip soon turns into a chase, by turns comic and horrifying. The most disturbing twist: Owen’s slow realization that the person he loves most in the world is the one who can do him the most harm.
Hardcover Random House Canada ISBN: 978-0-679-31431-8 October 2008 $29.95