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Among Michael's millstones is his brother Hugh, a developmentally challenged man with a strong independent streak. The story is mainly Michael's, and Michael tells most of it, but Hugh's accounts do provide a bit of tonic and perspective.

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Unfortunately, of course, Hugh is 'special' and so Carey gets to indulge in all sorts of linguistic playfulness in Hugh's accounts "Look at that Poke, he is poking her. One would have thought, that after so many books which include similarly 'creative' voices Carey would have had his fill as many readers surely have , but no, he keeps 'em coming. Hugh's accounts do add a bit of insight, and occasionally are effective, but too much of these parts of the novel feel like showy and distracting padding.

Theft is subtitled: A Love Story , and a woman does come into the picture. A flawed and manipulative woman -- and still married, to boot -- she quickly has him wrapped around her finger. Michael does later occasionally come to his senses and realise just how bad she is -- but he finds it hard to resist her charms. Marlene's first appearance in the boondocks is unlikely enough, but the circumstances turn out to be almost entirely unbelievable -- a set-up that would be laughable in any noirish thriller.

And in many ways Theft aspires to that genre: it's an art-world thriller, and Marlene its femme fatale. Very fatale. And, yes, there's theft, fraud, and even murder -- along with much deception. But self-destructive and self-obsessed Michael, with his artist's temperament, doesn't really live in this world anyway, and that makes the fairly ridiculous plot acceptable.

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Hugh, too, of course lives in a world quite of his own, so it works from that angle too. And even if it is a ridiculous set-up, the caper-plot is fun. Marlene, it turns out, is married to the son of a famous painter, Jacques Leibovitz. Leibovitz had his strong period the valuable early pieces and his weak period -- and then there's that cache of paintings that was spirited off when he died The estate has the power to authenticate the paintings, but that business isn't as straightforward as one might imagine -- family politics, greed, and all sorts of funny business back-dating, touching up, etc.

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But there's an incredible amount of money at stake. What brought Marlene to the outback is the fact that Michael's neighbour happens to own a Leibovitz. Or owned one: it gets stolen and Michael is one of the obvious suspects. Marlene also professes to want to help resurrect Michael's career, and even manages to get him a show in Japan. Is it just a cover to get the stolen Leibovitz out of the country? Becker, Carpenter, Jeffrey P. Uri Gneezy, A laboratory experiment ," Journal of Economic Psychology , Elsevier, vol.

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In other words, do you really have to worry about editors and publishers "stealing" your work e. To be absolutely blunt, this is a fear one hears only among amateur writers. Professional writers have lots of concerns of their own, but this isn't one of them. Rather than simply say, "No, you don't have to worry about this," however, let's take a close look at the logic underlying the "fear of theft" -- and the logic that can, perhaps, help dispel that fear.

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While a handful of such suits have been filed, generally by unknown or unpublished writers against bestselling authors with big bucks, most have been overturned. Publishing entities steal manuscripts and give them to their "pet" writers. This premise would explain how "stolen" books enter the marketplace under false names. Most publishing entities are honest, but some do steal.

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This sounds slightly more reasonable, but most of the conditions in Premise 1 must still apply. If even one entity is essentially dishonest, it must steal books on a regular basis. That means it will steal not just one book, but many books -- and these books must be making a profit for the entity, or there would be no motivation for theft.

Once again, this means that a number of stolen manuscripts must regularly enter the marketplace, with no one the wiser. Most publishing entities are honest, but my book is so good that it might tempt an agent, editor, or publisher to steal it. To Steal or Not to Steal: A Question of Economics The fundamental assumption underlying the "theft" fear is that it somehow benefits a publisher or agent to steal an author's work.

Does theft make economic sense? The answer is "no," for several reasons: The penalties for deliberate copyright infringement are too high.