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

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This is book number 1 in the The Gentleman Bastard Sequence series.

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This book was an amazing find for me. This book came into my hands when a customer came looking for it at my store, and well, the rest is history. The story is like a tale of Robin Hood and his merry men, but with more focus on stealing and not so much giving back to anyone. They are a cheery bunch of crazy men making their way in a place of gangs, thieves, and pirates. You follow the story of Locke Lamora, the most charismatic and sneaky of the bunch. He leads his men into the biggest heist of all, the treasure of a lord. They have planned and perfected how they would trick this man into giving away his fortune, but just when it seems they are about to be set for life, a stranger named the Gray King appears and he’s out killing thieves and gangs of the city, and now Locke is in for more trouble than he planned.


Have you ever wondered what Ocean's Eleven would be like if it was set in a fantasy parallel of Venice during the Italian Renaissance? Join the Gentleman Bastards as they sow mischief and breach the secret piece that has kept the nobility of Camorr safe from the nefarious gangs that run the slums. Scott Lynch weaves a fantastic tale that had me cheering on one page only to have me screaming in anger the next.
— From Sergio's Picks (page 2)

I purchased this book prior to my employment with Changing Hands based on Liam's staff recommendation, and I must agree that it's pretty great. The world building is top notch and the characters are *exceedingly* lovable. It does make liberal use of purple prose, so YMMV.
— From Bee's Picks (page 2)


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: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence