The Lies of Locke Lamora

Gentleman Bastards (Book 1)

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"Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch's first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining."-The Times (London)

An orphan's life is harsh-and often short-in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld's most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game-or die trying.

Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora

"Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized."-George R. R. Martin

"Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven't read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again."-Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

"A unique fantasy milieu peopled by absorbing, colorful characters . . . Locke's wit and audacity endear him to victims and bystanders alike."-The Seattle Times

"A true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf . . . Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens."-Booklist (starred review)

"High-octane fantasy . . . a great swashbuckling yarn of a novel."-Richard Morgan


LOCKE LAMORA’S RULE of thumb was this: a good confidence game took three months to plan, three weeks to rehearse, and three seconds to win or lose the victim’s trust forever. This time around, he plan...

About the Author:

Scott Lynch is the author of The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and The Republic of Thieves. He lives in Wisconsin and frequently visits Massachusetts, the home of his partner, SF/F writer Elizabeth Bear. He moonlights…

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adventure, plot twist, fun books

It is witty, clever, and the same could be said of its protagonist and many of its secondary characters.

The Gentlemen Bastards are a group of knowledgeable, educated thieves who will fool you into thinking they’re…well, whatever they want to become for their current ploy. The action is fast paced and there a good amount of twists and turns along the way.

8/6/2023 10:06:29 PM
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con artist, heist

"The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch is a remarkable novel that follows the story of Locke Lamora, a skilled thief and con artist living in a city ruled by crime lords. The book is an excellent blend of action, suspense, and humor that keeps the reader engaged throughout.

Lynch's writing style is compelling, and his world-building is exceptional. The city of Camorr, where the story takes place, is vividly described, and the characters are well-developed and complex. The author has created a unique and intricate world full of magic, politics, and deception, making it a refreshing and enjoyable read.

The plot is fast-paced, and the story is filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. The characters are relatable, and their banter adds humor to the book, making it even more enjoyable. Additionally, the book is not only entertaining, but it also delves into deeper themes such as loyalty, betrayal, and the consequences of one's actions.

3/1/2023 2:50:31 PM
Loved It
fun, con artist, heist...More

The first book in the series was great, but I didn't enjoy the subsequent ones as much

11/12/2022 8:31:52 PM

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