The Perfume Thief, a novel, explores the culture of Paris, and the dynamics of resistance, in the winter months following the Nazi occupation. Told from the point of view of a 72-year-old American expatriate and career criminal, who has sometimes committed her crimes as a woman and sometimes as a man, the story follows an act of espionage hinging on the perfume accords of a noted Jewish perfumier. s.
The author of six novel Timothy Schaffert is the director of creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and he serves as co-editor of Zero Street, an LGBTQ+ fiction series of the University of Nebraska Press. He contributes the column "The Eccentricities of Gentlemen" to the popular lifestyle magazine Enchanted Living.