By Scott Lynch
“Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly built crime caper into an unique realm of fable, and the result's engagingly entertaining.”—The occasions (London)
An orphan’s lifestyles is harsh—and usually short—in the mysterious island urban of Camorr. yet younger Locke Lamora dodges dying and slavery, changing into a thief less than the tutelage of a proficient con artist. As chief of the band of light-fingered brothers often called the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is quickly notorious, fooling even the underworld’s such a lot feared ruler. yet within the shadows lurks an individual nonetheless extra bold and lethal. confronted with a bloody coup that threatens to break every body and every thing that holds that means in his mercenary lifestyles, Locke vows to overcome the enemy at his personal brutal game—or die trying.
Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora
“Fresh, unique, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”—George R. R. Martin
“Right now, within the complete flush of a moment studying, i believe The Lies of Locke Lamora is maybe in my most sensible ten favourite books ever. might be my best 5. should you haven’t learn it, you want to. when you have learn it, you might want to most likely learn it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling writer of The identify of the Wind
“A exact delusion milieu peopled through soaking up, colourful characters . . . Locke’s wit and audacity endear him to sufferers and bystanders alike.”—The Seattle Times
“A actual style bender, at domestic on nearly any type of fiction shelf . . . Lynch instantly establishes himself as a proficient and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, let alone David Liss or even Dickens.”—Booklist (starred review)
“High-octane myth . . . an outstanding swashbuckling yarn of a novel.”—Richard Morgan
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The grey King has whatever up his sleeves, whatever we don’t comprehend. Our online game is particularly tender and our scenario is very…fluid. ” “I comprehend. yet I keep on with my intestine, and my intestine says that we meet this one head-on with smiles on our faces. Look,” acknowledged Locke, “the extra we do that, the extra I find out about what i believe Chains was once particularly education us for. And this is often it. He wasn’t education us for a peaceful and orderly global the place lets choose and select once we had to be shrewdpermanent. He used to be education us for a scenario that was once fucked up on either side. good, we’re in it, and that i say we’re equivalent to it. I don’t must be reminded that we’re as much as our heads in darkish water. I simply wish you boys to recollect that we’re the gods-damned sharks. ” “Right on,” cried malicious program. “I knew there has been a cause I allow you to lead this gang! ” “Well, I can’t argue with the show up knowledge of the boy that jumps off temple roofs. yet I belief my issues are noted,” acknowledged Jean. “Very noted,” stated Locke. “Received, well-known, and duly thought of with the maximum gravity. Sealed, notarized, and firmly imprinted upon my rational essence. ” “Gods, you actually are pleased approximately this, aren’t you? you just play vocabulary video games should you think really sunny concerning the global. ” Jean sighed, yet couldn’t preserve the slightest trace of a grin from tugging on the corners of his lips. “If you do turn out at risk, Locke,” acknowledged Calo, “you needs to remember the fact that we'll forget about the orders of our garrista, and we’ll bludgeon our good friend at the again of his thick cranium and smuggle him out of Camorr in a field. i've got simply the bludgeon for the task. ” “And i've got a box,” acknowledged Galdo. “Been hoping for an excuse to exploit it for years, fairly. ” “Also noted,” acknowledged Locke, “with thank you. yet through the grace of the Crooked Warden, i select to belief us. i select to belief Chains’ judgment. i select to maintain doing what we do top. the next day, I’ve bought a few paintings to do as Fehrwight, after which I’ll cross see Nazca back the day after. The capa can be awaiting it, and I’m definite she’ll have a few principles of her personal through then. ” Locke idea once more of his final glimpse of her, that wink because the nice doorways of darkish wooden slammed close among them. holding her father’s secrets and techniques used to be Nazca’s whole lifestyles. Did it suggest whatever for her, to have one in every of her personal that she may well maintain from him? INTERLUDE The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse 1 Father Chains gave Locke no respite from his schooling at the day after the stopover at to the final Mistake. together with his head nonetheless pounding from a brown-sugar rum headache, Locke started to know about the priesthood of Perelandro and the priesthood of the Benefactor. there have been hand symptoms and formality intonations; tools of greeting and meanings at the back of gown undefined. On his fourth day in Chains’ care, Locke started to sit down the stairs as one of many “Initiates of Perelandro,” clad in white and attempting to glance definitely humble and pathetic. because the weeks handed, the breadth of Chains’ guide improved. Locke did hours of examining and scribing every day; his pen-scratchings grew smoother step by way of halting step until eventually the Sanza brothers introduced that he now not wrote “like a puppy with an arrow in its mind.