I've been reading through my blog feeds and noticed the continuation of a trend.
Lots of books where the hero and/or heroine is either a thief, an assassin or both.
With a few exceptions, I hate these books. If I read a blurb that mentions either word (or "con man/woman" for that matter), I immediately turn off. Maybe I'm missing some good books (after all, I loved Robin Hobb's Fitz books) but I don't really care.
Now you might, if you work at it, convince me about thieves. But how do you make a hero or heroine out of someone who kills people for a living? And the whole point of a con is essentially to make a fool out of someone - usually a nice, ordinary someone. As a person who hates feeling like I've been a fool, I'm not prepared to read that either.
Why is this such an "in" theme in books at present?