Literature: Grandmaster of Theft
ďThe sad reality is that sometimes doing whatís conventionally considered good Ė being nice, adhering to the laws, showing mercy, telling the truth Ė is not enough to ensure that the right things occur. Sometimes the only options people are left with are to either yield to their tormentors and be a victim or to do whatís conventionally considered Ďbadí to set things right. Itís when predicaments such as that arise that we become a factor. Weíre the Ďvillainsí so people like you donít have to be.Ē
— Cassidy Cain
The Grandmaster of Theft series is a Criminal Procedural
which follows the life & adventures of Cassidy Cain, the titular Lady Thief. Initially just a phantom thief who targeted white collar criminals, con artists, and the like to assist their victims or expose their transgression, one of Cassí jobs finds her contending with a criminal mastermind far beyond her usual escapades.
The end result of this conflict sees Cassidy swear to make them pay for. To do so, she expands her own operations to form The Grandmaster Gang. She has the crew take on various jobs, partially to assist the various victims out there who cannot depend on the law and partially to prepare the crew for the big score. Of course, cultivating a true team isnít easy when there is pressure from both sides of the law, not to mention within the crew itself.
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This series wouldn't deserve to be called The Grandmaster of Theft if it didn't contain the following tropes:
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game
- Battle of Wits: The series entire plot is based around these between The Grandmaster Gang & whoever the opposition at the time is.
- Brains and Brawn: Zigzagged. Cassidy specializes in using her head more than she does violence and Wynn usually takes care of any force that comes up. Still, Cass can defend herself even if she admits Wynn is a superior fighter than her and does ask Wynn of his thoughts so she can take it into account when she's planning.
- The Caper: Jobs typically involve running heists or cons.
- The Con: See The Caper.
- Covert Group: The Grandmaster Gang is this on account of everything they do being illegal.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Cassidy uses this to escape capture from Gale during the train heist.
- Just Like Robin Hood: See We Help the Helpless
- The Mark: Narcissa is this for the first story.
- The Man Behind the Man: Deus is this to Narcissa, creating the entire plan that she claimed credit for and being the one to actually move her as a piece.
- Morality Kitchen Sink
- Phantom Thief: The Grandmaster of Theft persona
- Train Job: The Grand Theft on the Grand Express story is one, with Cass & Wynn having to perform a train heist.
- The ‹bermensch: Cassidy. She makes clear she does't necessarily care about the conventions of society and only embraces whatever she sees merit in embracing, deciding actively for herself what's right and wrong. She also goes on to make clear that she doesn't believe in any gods and if they do exist, she still won't conform to their laws just because they said so and they have to convince her it's right.
Cassidy Cain: If such phenomena do exist, I still donít believe we should submit to them simply because they said so. While Iíve no objections with learning from the wisdom of others, at the end of the day, Iím the one who is in charge of my actions and Iím the one who has to live with everything I do so I define whatís right and wrong for me.
- We Help the Helpless: The stated reason for running cons and capers. Cass is primarily interested in supplying her power to those who lack her power.