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During a routine burglery at a small-time jewelry store, Dortmunder accidentally steals the Byzantine Fire, a ruby of immense historical and political significance. Now everyone's after him - the FBI, the NYPD, every terrorist in world, even the New York criminal underground - and he's got to find a way to get rid of the ruby and reclaim his good name.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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