In addition to all of the lovely renditions of Librairie D&Q, Petty Theft has many other merits. (We don't just love this book for purely narcissistic reasons, FYI!) The story starts out with our hero, Pascal, in a bad state - floundering in the wake of his breakup with his partner of 9 years. Having lost his motivation to draw and not knowing what his future holds, he's crashing with some friends while his small room slowly fills up with boxes of books sent to him by his ex. To make matters worse, he throws his back out, forcing him to give up running, his favourite coping mechanism.
The situation gets even bleaker when Pascal decides to go back to work as a sheet-metal welder, a trade for which he has little prowess, as evidenced by the fact that he's constantly injuring himself and invoking the wrath of his colleagues! But then one night, despite his reluctance to put pen to paper himself, he decides to attend a book launch at a certain local bookstore (can you guess which one?) where he witnesses a mysterious woman in the act of stealing his own book off the shelf! He is so intrigued by this turn of events that he goes into full detective mode, and plenty of awkward hilarity ensues. Who is this book thief, why did she steal his book, and could a new romance be brewing between she and Pascal? You'll have to find out for yourself when you read Petty Theft! It's a gooder, we promise!