The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) (Mass Market)

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This is book number 1 in the Gentleman Bastards series.

Staff Reviews

This book is Ocean’s 11 meets Kill Bill meets the genre of High Fantasy.
It’s about a band of thieves who call themselves the Gentlemen
Bastards, and that alone is a point in this book’s favor. It starts off
as a heist novel with a twist that turns it into the style of a
Tarantino revenge flick. It’s fast, snappy, quick, clever and just a
little twisted. Just as you start to have a feel and a connection to all
the characters, he goes and kills half of them. It makes you want to
reach through the pages, strangle the author and still finish the book
because it’s just that good.”

— Tommy


Fantasy meets crime caper in the first book of a landmark, enduringly popular epic series about a roguish group of conmen, which George R. R. Martin has called “fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”

An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges relentless danger, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentlemen 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.

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, science fiction writer Elizabeth Bear. He moonlights as a volunteer firefighter.

Praise For…

“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

“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)
“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553588941
ISBN-10: 055358894X
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: June 26th, 2007
Pages: 736
Language: English
Series: Gentleman Bastards