The Lies of Locke LamoraBook - 2007
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
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The titular character Locke is a young orphan living on the sordid streets of the island city Camoor. He becomes a cunning thief and leads a band of rogues known as the Gentleman Bastards who earn infamy with their exploits. Soon, Locke becomes a pawn of the Grey King, who seeks to control the cr... Read More »
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“Just one question," said Locke. "I'll grant the Lamora part is easy to spot; the truth is, I didn't know about the apt translation when I took the name. I borrowed it from this old sausage dealer who was kind to me once, back in Catchfire before the plague. I just liked the way it sounded.
"But what" he said slowly, "ever gave you the idea that Locke was the first name I was actually born with?”
“Throwing blondes at Locke Lamora was not unlike throwing lettuce at sharks.”
“I don't have to beat you. I don't have to beat you. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up.”
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