City of Thieves (Paperback)

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A great, sweeping story set in World War II Russia which is by turns funny and heartbreaking that will keep you up at night because you are so into the book. It shows that Benioff, now head writer for HBO's Game of Thrones. Earned his chops long before writing for the screen.

— Cody

One of the best books of last year now available in paperback. It's a great sweeping story by turns funny and heartbreaking that will keep you up at night because you're so into the character's plight.

— From Cody's 2016 and older picks


From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, 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, the New York Times bestseller 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.

About the Author

David Benioff was born and raised in New York City. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the films, "Brothers" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Stories from his critically acclaimed collection When the Nines Roll Over appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best Nonrequired American Reading. His latest novel is City of Thieves. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he is a co-creator and writer for the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452295292
ISBN-10: 0452295297
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2009
Pages: 258
Language: English