"She is clearly not helping, then," the book thief says drily. "Otherwise you would also be under investigation." Mine flinches. Just then a whistle sounds from two streets away. Both children look round nervously.
"I take it there is a curfew imposed upon citizens here?"
"Yes," says Jakin. "We can't stay long."
"I will return tomorrow."
"Not tomorrow! I've got work and Mina has school. Come the next day. Come to the library at midday."