A Pickpocket’s Tale

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Smith was a 12 year old boy, who often wondered the street of 19th century London, in search of pockets to pick.

Smith was a 12 year old boy, who often wondered the street of 19th century London, in search of pockets to pick. At least he wonders the streets until he picks an old man’s pocket and finds not money, but a document. Shortly after he hides in the shadows two men in brown murder this man, search his cloths, but don’t seam to find what they were looking for.
 “Smith” by Leon Garfield takes you on a somewhat slow adventure through t he streets of 1800’s London to Vine street with a blind man, to the Red Lion tavern, to the country side, and finally to a grave yard and a funeral. In this novel you grow closer to the young pickpocket, Smith.
 This story moves at a slower pace than is necessary and can be very boring in places. It also is a bit violent and upsetting as four deaths and several attempts to murder Smith occurred. Also due to the abbreviations used by several people in this book it is a little hard to understand. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up.
This book is a reprint of the original book “Smith”, which was writhe in the early 1900’s.