The Mirror Thief
In March of 2003, the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq, a recently-retired U.S. Marine travels to Las Vegas to track down an infamous professional gambler who’s gone missing under suspicious circumstances. In February of 1958, a Brooklyn-born juvenile delinquent arrives in coastal Los Angeles—a hotbed of the nascent Beat scene—to search for an obscure poet with whom he’s become obsessed. In May of 1592, a war-hero physician and alchemist navigates the intrigues of Venetian society as he conspires to steal the secrets of making flat glass mirrors on behalf of a shadowy foreign power. In his debut novel, Martin Seay weaves these strands into a unique literary thriller: an entertaining, puzzling, ultimately moving novel about the ways we are haunted by our own reflections.
Martin Seay's debut novel The Mirror Thief was listed among the best books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly and National Public Radio, and was included among the year’s notable books by the New York Times Book Review. Other writing has appeared in the Believer, MAKE, Joyland, Gargoyle, and the Gettysburg Review. Originally from Texas, Martin currently lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.