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.
Abandoned as an infant, the boy known as Locke Lamora grows up to become one of his city's most famous (or infamous) con artists, yet his good nature has made him a folk hero. Leading his own band of men, Locke falls into the center of a conspiracy that threatens those he holds dear. Lynch's first novel, set in a richly detailed city peopled with a wide variety of fascinating characters, calls forth a highly motivated, determined, and sympathetic hero whose antics and knack for derring-do should appeal to fans of Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos novels. A good choice for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Life imitates art and art scams life in Lynch's debut, a picaresque fantasy that chronicles the career of Locke Lamora orphan, thief and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards from the time the Thiefmaker sells Locke to the faking Eyeless Priest up to Locke's latest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr. As in any good caper novel, the plot is littered with obvious and not-so-obvious obstacles, including the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider and the mysterious assassinations of gang leaders by the newly arrived Gray King. Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all. The villain holds the best moral justification of any of the players. Lynch provides plenty of historical and cultural information reminiscent of new weirdists Steven Erikson and China Mieville, if not quite as outre. The only drawback is that the realistic fullness of the background tends to accentuate the unreality of the melodramatic foreground. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"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
"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