How to Lead a Life of Crime (Paperback)

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Flick is on the run from his abusive father, living on the streets and picking pockets to survive. Haunted by the ghost of his brother, Flick is just trying to forget the things he's seen until he's approached by a man who offers him a strange deal: a scholarship to the Mandel Academy, the world's most elite private school, and the proof he needs to land his powerful father in jail. The catch? The Mandel Academy has been training kids to be criminals for over 100 years. Any kind of crime you can imagine: Ponzi schemes, drug manufacturing, taking advantage of war-torn societies, and of course, murder of all kinds. Flick is conflicted, but can't pass up the opportunity to hone his craft and get back at his dad. What follows is a dark, violent, gritty thriller that even adults who don't read YA will love! I can't wait for more from this talented author!



A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?

About the Author

Kirsten Miller is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Eternal Ones, as well as All You Desire and the acclaimed Kiki Strike books. She lives in Brooklyn, where it’s always wise to think like a criminal. Find out more at

Praise For…

"Miller pens an enjoyable, fast-paced action novel that's full of danger, mystery, humor and violence, with lots of gross-out scenes and plenty of hairpin-turn plot twists that will keep readers guessing. An enigmatic page turner full of intrigue."—Kirkus

"This will grab teen readers just as Miller's Kiki Strike books grabbed middle-grade students. A thick, satisfying read that ought to keep readers up late."—Booklist

"Miller keeps every character grounded and believable, giving the story's horrors substantial impact. The resulting book often belies its cute title, in ways that will have readers racing to the end."—Publishers Weekly

"Miller has created a fantastic devil's snare, wherein the typical plotline of teens taking on a corrupt regime is given a new and exhilarating spin."—VOYA, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781595146496
ISBN-10: 1595146490
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 20th, 2014
Pages: 464
Language: English
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