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The Water Thief

“Profound… sure to spark a reaction” and “scathing, ceaselessly engaging”
Kirkus Reviews

“A brilliant rebuttal of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged”
Clarion Reviews

 

CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, which is to say that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Securities Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.

But when he discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees his chance to move up in the world, maybe even become an executive. He reports her, spinning a picture, not just of a thief, but of a seditionist and revolutionary, someone who believes in that long-dead institution called “government.”

Then she vanishes.

Overcome with guilt, he tries to track her down. What he discovers is an underground movement every bit as seditious as the one he had imagined.

But as he becomes enamored with their cause and with life outside his corporation, Charles must contend with a larger truth; in a world where everything is for sale and lies are more profitable than the truth, even a group of revolutionaries can have something to hide.

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NICHOLAS LAMAR SOUTTER was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Clark University with Bachelors' Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and began publishing award winning essays on politics and the social sciences. He was represented by the Donald Maass Literary agency for 5 years, and currently teaches a weekly workshop called "The Business and Craft of Writing". His latest book, The Water Thief, is a near future dystopian novel about a man trying to find his place in a world conquered by corporations, and was awarded The Kirkus Star in May of 2012. Nicholas lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.