The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first in a series called The Gentlemen Bastards, by American author Scott Lynch. It came out in 2006, quite a few years ago now. There’s a book 2, Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007), but I believe the author has been ill of late and the third book, The Republic of Thieves, is due to come out this year.
Locke Lamora is amazing in so many ways. I’m not even going to tell you what it’s about, except to say that Locke is a thief and a conman, and the stuff he gets up to will charm your socks off.
Check out the first chapter, and you’ll see why Mr. Lynch’s editor bought this series on three chapters and a prayer. It is surprising, given how good this is, and given the market’s voracious appetite for ‘more of the same’, that even after so many years, there is still nothing else like it out there.
Or maybe not so surprising, come to think of it.