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David Benioff’s Novel City of Thieves Out in Paperback


Aired 4/16/09

David Benioff's second novel, City of Thieves, has just come out in paperback to great acclaim and a debut at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Set during the 1942 siege of Leningrad, it tells the story of a young man, his bigger-than-life sidekick, and one unlikely mission that will save their very lives.

Maureen Cavanaugh: A novel set during the occupation of Leningrad during World War II, with much of the plot revolving around a search for eggs, is not what you'd call a likely topic from the pen of a Hollywood screenwriter. But while a brief description of David Benioff's novel City of Thieves may seem an odd addition to his resume, the book itself is full of screen-ready characters, action and drama. The novel follows the story of teenage citizen-soldier Lev and his more wordly-companion Kolya as they endure starvation, imprisonment and are sent on an almost impossible mission. Along the way, the novel explores the ravages and lunacy of a long-ago war, in a remarkably contemporary way.

City of Thieves has just come out in paperback. Author David Benioff's first novel The 25th Hour, was made into a movie by Spike Lee. And he's also written the screenplay for this year's X-Men spin-off Wolverine

David Benioff will sign copies of his book City of Thieves this Saturday night, April 18th, at 7:30pm at Warwicks Bookstore in La Jolla.


David Benioff is an author and screenwriter. His latest book is City of Thieves, which has just come out in paperback. It debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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