"Johnston delivers sharp, witty and brilliantly observed prose... The outrageous works seamlessly and hand-in-glove with the everyday."
Nicco Salarum is a good thief, a stealthy gentleman burglar who makes his dubious living on the rough streets of Azbatha, nicknamed the 'Pit-On-Stilts' — a dangerous, overcrowded and corrupt city in the island nation of Turith.
But Nicco is in trouble after he ditched an expensive stolen shipment rather than kill a security guard. That shipment 'belonged' to a local mob boss, and now Nicco owes him. So when a mysterious wizard offers Nicco a lot of money for an easy steal — the necklace amulet worn by a visiting dignitary — he thinks his prayers have been answered.
But the job is not what it seems, and soon Nicco is Turith's most wanted fugitive. Where has the wizard disappeared to? Why is the dignitary suddenly dying? And what does all this have to do with a foreign city's impending religious revolution?
"As pure escapism this is a bloody good read, but if you're looking for something to get your teeth into it's got that too... One of the best books I have read in a long time."
"I really didn’t know where Stealing Life was going to turn to next, but loved every shift of the plot. A fun romp. An excellent adventure."
"Thrilling, witty, and filled with so many turns you’ll find yourself chasing your own tail... This is a book that will hold your attention."
Writing and Editing
STEALING LIFE was originally written for the series 'Dreams of Inan' from Abaddon Books, an imprint of Rebellion (publishers of 2000AD). Dreams of Inan was a shared-world series where technology and magic collide, with multiple authors contributing to the series. The series has now been retired, and the 2nd edition of STEALING LIFE (above) is revised and edited to remove universe-specific elements while keeping the story intact.
Stealing Life © Abaddon Books.