City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson audiobook

City of Saints & Thieves

By Natalie C. Anderson
Read by Pascale Armand

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya.   In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it. With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

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AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017

A Teen Vogue Pick of Best New Young Adult Books for January 2017

A Bustle Pick for the Best YA Books of January 2017

Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner

Indie Next List Selection

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya.
 
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

★ “Natalie C. Anderson's breathtaking debut is deep, dark and—remarkably for the subject—quite funny at times. . . . Pages will fly by as readers root for Tiny and her loved ones. Shelf Awareness, starred review “Ocean’s Eleven meets Blood Diamond: Natalie C. Anderson’s City of Saints & Thieves, a gripping tale of revenge and redemption, tracks a murderer through the jungles of Congo and the far reaches of cyberspace, shining a light on the importance of family and friendship along the way—a perfect cocktail of suspense, action and heart.
City of Saints & Thieves will pull you from the very first page into a rarely seen world, violent and beautiful, where the only rule is survival and the only weapons are a young woman’s courage and love. Francisco X. Stork, award-winning author of Marcelo in the Real World and The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
★ “[B]y setting a fast-paced crime drama with compelling characters in this fraught region, Anderson does the good service of interesting young readers in this ongoing human conflict and the tragic toll it continues to take on the people of the region. BCCB, starred review
★ “[A] solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery that’s laced with just a hint of romance. . . . Highly recommended for teens looking for a gritty, suspenseful, immersive read driven by a tough, smart, realistic heroine. School Library Journal, starred review
★ “[I]n this fast-paced thriller… Anderson adeptly uses language to bring Tina’s world to life as she carefully traces her heroine’s history to reveal a shocking truth. Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ “[A] wonderfully twisted puzzle of a murder mystery.
In prose as tenacious as her vendetta-driven and irresistible protagonist, Anderson interweaves personal and national tragedies, answering legacies of loss with the promise of family and friendship. City of Saints & Thieves is a world opener of a debut, one worth reading and remembering. Ashley Hope Pérez, Printz Honor–winning author of Out of Darkness
A story full of twists and turns, proving nothing is ever as black and white as it may seem. Kirkus Reviews
Anderson’s dark thriller will appeal to readers who prefer their mysteries political and their stakes high and who will feel rewarded by solutions in shades of gray rather than black-and-white. The Horn Book 
This nail-biting murder mystery set in Kenya follows Tina, a Congolese refugee, as she tracks down her mother's killer in the midst of corrupt businessmen, a master thief, and a street gang. Seventeen.com 
A gripping journey of vengeance. US Weekly
“A teenage Congolese refugee (a blend of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander and X-Men’s Storm) in Kenya seeks revenge for the killing of her mother. Hollywood Reporter
[A] linguistically beautiful murder mystery tale that will have you tearing through the pages, all along its twist and turns. Bustle 
City of Saints & Thieves is a twisty-turny-chock-full-of-secrets, so exciting-you-have-to-force-yourself-to-take-breaks-and-breathe kind of novel. . . . [Tina’s] emotional journey feels compelling and true. The New York Times 
An Amazon Best Book of the Month – January 2017 A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers PickA Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated YA Debut of 2017An Apple iBooks Best of January 2017 PickWinter 2016-2017 Kids’ Indie Next Pick Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2017 PickA Teen Vogue Best New Young Adult Book – January 2017 A Bustle Best YA Book – January 2017A 2017 Chicago Public Library’s Best Teen Fiction PickA Seventeen Magazine Best Book Pick of 2017A 2017 B&N Best Young Adult Book An NPR 2017 Best BookA 2018 Bank Street Best Book
“Narrator Pascale Armand’s convincing portrait captures Tina’s many contrasts—her toughness and tenderness, duplicity and honesty, questioning and certainty…Armand depicts secondary characters just as strongly, particularly Greyhill…As Armand switches easily between both accents and personas, the story’s tension remains high…Throughout, Armand’s pacing, character dramatizations, and emotional notes never fail. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[A] solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery that’s laced with just a hint of romance…Highly recommended for teens looking for a gritty, suspenseful, immersive read driven by a tough, smart, realistic heroine.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] wonderfully twisted puzzle of a murder mystery.” Booklist (starred review)
“By setting a fast-paced crime drama with compelling characters in this fraught region, Anderson does the good service of interesting young readers in this ongoing human conflict and the tragic toll it continues to take on the people of the region.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Deep, dark and—remarkably for the subject—quite funny at times…Pages will fly by as readers root for Tiny and her loved ones.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A twisty-turny, chock-full-of-secrets, so-exciting-you-have-to-force-yourself-to-take-breaks-and-breathe kind of novel.” New York Times Book Review
“Exposes both the very real corruption and greed of the mining industry in Congo and the women who pay the price. The novel is peppered with Swahili words and phrases, and Anderson makes an effort to paint a picture of the country. A story full of twists and turns, proving nothing is ever as black and white as it may seem.” Kirkus Reviews
“Anderson’s dark thriller will appeal to readers who prefer their mysteries political and their stakes high and who will feel rewarded by solutions in shades of gray rather than black-and-white.” Horn Book
“A gripping journey of vengeance.” Us Weekly
“[A] linguistically beautiful murder mystery tale that will have you tearing through the pages, all along its twist and turns.” Bustle
“Will pull you from the very first page into a rarely seen world, violent and beautiful, where the only rule is survival and the only weapons are a young woman’s courage and love.” Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World
“A gripping tale of revenge and redemption…A perfect cocktail of suspense, action and heart.” Tara Sullivan, author of Golden Boy

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Author Bio: Natalie C. Anderson

Author Bio: Natalie C. Anderson

Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014–2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints & Thieves.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 11.21
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English