Love and Theft

Fiction - Intrigue
238 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2016
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Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite

Michael Sprankle’s Love and Theft is an intensely absorbing and ‬excellently written blend of fiction with true events.‭ The protagonist,‭ ‬Michael Malone,‭ ‬has a series of encounters with the ‬law,‭ ‬but he doesn’t necessarily see that as a‭ ‬bad thing.‭ ‬At some ‬point,‭ ‬he even sees himself as ‬Marcello Rubini ‭—‬ the journalist who covered tabloid news of movie stars while searching for a more meaningful way of life in Federico Fellini’s ‬La Dolce Vita.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬deep down, Michael knows that ‬with each passing day his life spirals further into decadence.‭ ‬Finally,‭ ‬tired ‬or perhaps sick and tired of computer hacking and thievery,‭ ‬he heads to New York City, trying to find his happiness there.‭ ‬But his obsession with art, coupled with his distorted perception of reality, continues to‭ ‬lead him‭ ‬to the dark side of the criminal underworld.‭

Peppered with plenty of insight into New York's nightlife,‭ ‬drug use,‭ ‬and art world,‭ ‬Love and Theft by‭ ‬Michael Sprankle ‬is‭ ‬humorous and ‬poignant.‭ ‬A‭ ‬fresh spin on misplaced human awareness, yet a comforting tale of redemption.‭ ‬Told with charm,‭ ‬empathy, and plenty of suspense, then sprinkled with historical,‭ ‬artistic, and even some religious facts ‬which Sprankle infuses throughout the book,‭ ‬Love and Theft is disarmingly frisky.‭ ‬Reading it is like spending the day with an astute,‭ ‬uplifting friend. The reader can relate to‭ ‬Michael‭ ‬Malone‭; ‬he is humorous,‭ ‬inventive,‭ ‬intricate,‭ ‬and fascinating.‭ ‬He‭ ‬explores notions of our everyday struggles to differentiate between doing the right thing and doing what we perceive to be the‭ ‬right thing.

Book World Review by Caro

Love & Theft is a charming second novel full of wit and current events. In this gem, Sprankle gives us a step-by-step account of how he comes to know his inner 'demons' and his continuous struggle between good and bad. It's a quest of revenge and redemption, and a fast paced trip through hell and back. The constant references to art as well as his interpretation of The Wizard of Oz will make you look at life in an entirely different way. This years sleeper, Love & Theft is a must read by all.

Georgina Spelvin

Reading Love and Theft is like finding the perfect snow crusted hill with a brand new Flexible Flyer in your hands. Hard to stop before you get to the end; and once you do, you want to do it again.