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The Gentleman Bastard Sequence: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII |

Follow the the life and adventures of Locke Lamora, a master con artist in a world where con artistry, as we know it, is a new and rare style of crime. These seven novels will reveal his grand ambitions as well as his astounding failures. See his wits pitted against ever-increasing odds on behalf of the few things that truly matter to him, through the highs and lows of crime, courtly intrigue, politics, love, and war...

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Book I of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence
June 2006 (Available now)

"Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile,
And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart,
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions."
--William Shakespeare, Richard II, iii, ii

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a ghost that walks through walls. Half the city believes him to be a legendary champion of the poor. The other half believe him to be a foolish myth. Nobody has it quite right.

Slightly built, unlucky in love, and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. He certainly didn't invite the rumors that swirl around his exploits, which are actually confidence games of the most intricate sort. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else, pray tell, would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny of it. All of Locke's gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves, the Gentlemen Bastards.

Locke and company are con artists in an age where con artistry, as we understand it, is a new and unknown style of crime. The less attention anyone pays to them, the better! But a deadly mystery has begun to haunt the ancient city of Camorr, and a clandestine war is threatening to tear the city's underworld, the only home the Gentlemen Bastards have ever known, to bloody shreds. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends will find both their loyalty and their ingenuity tested to the breaking point as they struggle to stay alive...

What others have to say about The Lies of Locke Lamora:

"This is a fresh, original, and engrossing tale by a bright new voice in the fantasy genre. Locke Lamora makes for an engaging rogue, and Camorr a fascinating and gorgeously realized setting, a city to rival Lankhmar, Amber, and Viriconium. I look forward to returning there for many more visits."

  • George R.R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire sequence

    "Hugely enjoyable, a rollicking blast of solid fun; Locke Lamora cuts a roguish dash -- with all the swagger and the spark of Errol Flynn in his heyday -- and the twists and turns of the plot make for compulsive reading."

  • Hal Duncan, author of Vellum

    "Scott Lynch is a con man, a conjuror, a wickedly entertaining juggler of words with knives up his sleeves and hatchets down his back. By the time you realize he's dangerous, you're already bleeding. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a ticket inside the astonishing city-state Camorr, and a free pass into the company of the entirely extraordinary Gentleman Bastards, and a match for any fantasy adventure I've ever read. The best news is: it's Book One. That means there'll be more."

  • Matthew Woodring Stover, author of Blade of Tyshalle

    "Tough, funny, and inventive. You will be entertained."

  • Kate Elliot, author of the Crown of Stars sequence

    "The picaresque tale is not dead. It lives again- to my great delight- in Scott Lynch's wickedly enjoyable debut novel. Follow Locke the thief and his fellow Gentlemen Bastards through an outrageously ingenious and Byzantine plot, which has more twists and turns than the minotaur's labyrinth. The Lies of Locke Lamora is dark, complex and utterly compelling."

  • Sarah Ash, author of the Tears of Artamon trilogy

    "Somewhere off-stage and west of Othello and The Merchant of Venice, Scott Lynch has built a quirky, high octane fantasy caper around a refreshingly original hero and his not-quite-Venetian city of Camorr. Here there are titled nobles, elaborate schemes, multiple disguises and horrible fates enough for any piece of Shakespeare, but all laid out in a finely imagined otherworld and told at the narrative pace and pitch of Pirates of the Caribbean. A great, swashbuckling yarn of a novel."

  • Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

    "This is one of the most enjoyable first novels I've ever read. I'd listen to Scott Lynch tell lies all day long."

  • Tim Pratt, author of The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl

    " outstanding fantasy novel and a breathtakingly impressive debut. The action never flags, and the sensory and scenic detail is extraordinary."

  • Peg Kerr, author of Emerald House Rising

    "One part caper, one part swashbuckler, and one part Mission: Impossible, Scott Lynch's debut novel is deeply satisfying to the Robin Hood in all of us."

  • Elizabeth Bear, author of Hammered

    "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."

  • Lisa Tuttle, Times of London book review, June 3rd, 2006

    "The Lies of Lock Lamora doesn't just kick ass, it kicks all kinds of ass -- it tracks down all of the ass's friends, and kicks them as well. This is the kind of book that makes you happy just to be alive and the owner of the eyeballs reading such an excellent fantasy caper novel."

  • Andrew Wheeler, Science Fiction Book Club Senior Editor

    "...Scott Lynch's novel oozes charm, ability, guile, flair, courage, cheek, humour, brevity and bravery in equal measure. It's an awesome debut, powerful and dangerous, romantic and relentless and it absolutely lives up to the hype. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a novel you'll have to work very hard not to be utterly blown away by."

  • John Berlyne,

    " A richly developed fantasy novel, with a nice line in earthy dialogue and many instances of grotesque violence. Lies of Locke Lamora is just like its anti-hero - bold, witty and likely to catch you off guard."

  • Dreamwatch

    "Like an episode of the BBC's 'Hustle' on speed, The Lies of Locke Lamora layers a series of daring scams, one on top of the other, in a complex and highly entertaining mix of magic, manipulation and mayhem. Great stuff."

  • Sandy Auden, SFX

    "...a true page-turner with no need to apologize for the fact and decisively the most significant debut of the fantastic this year."

  • Jay Tomio,

    "The Lies of Locke Lamora is a complete joyride strewn with a remarkable number of corpses ... and if he keeps up the good work, Lynch will rapidly establish himself as one of the major players in the fantasy genre."

  • Patrick St-Denis, Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

    "Fans of lavishly appointed fantasy will be in seventh heaven here, but it will be nearly as popular with readers of literary crime fiction. This is a true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf. Expect it to be among the year's most impressive debuts."

  • Booklist (Starred Review)

    "At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others jaw-droppingly intense. The city's real enough to tour (and as gritty as Mieville's New Crobuzon), the characters real enough to jump off of the page and pick your pocket (or stop your heart), and the plot's just plain amazing. This one's not to be missed."

  • Patrick Heffernan, Mysterious Galaxy Books

    "Even on the 'high concept' level,' Lynch distinguishes himself... The Lies of Locke Lamora is a 'fantasy' Ocean's Eleven... and Lynch delivers an appallingly enjoyable shtick that is itself witty enough to make you believe his characters' wit as well... pretty damn entertaining."

  • Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column
  • Read the prologue! (9,000+ words)
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    Find it at a good bookstore near you, or order it online from:

  • Amazon UK
    Hardcover | Trade Paperback

    Hardcover | Paperback

  • Powell'


  • Chapters

  • Amazon Canada

  • Clarkesworld Books
    Signed copies of the US hardcover available.

  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    Book II of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence
    Summer 2007

    "All your better deeds
    Shall be in water writ..."
    --Beaumont and Fletcher, Philaster, v, iii

    Locke Lamora, the erstwhile Thorn of Camorr, and Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can't run forever, and after escaping Camorr they decide to head for the richest and most difficult target on the horizon-- the city-state of Tal Verrar. And the Sinspire.

    The Sinspire is the ultimate gambling house . . . exclusive, luxurious, and fiendishly guarded. No thief has ever survived an attempt to rob it. Naturally, Locke plans to take it for a fortune, in his biggest gamble yet.

    But this perfect crime may have to wait.

    Someone else in Tal Verrar wants the Gentlemen Bastards' expertise, and they're not gentle in compelling Locke and Jean to devote their talents to an even more unlikely and suicidal proposition-- masquerading as pirates on the high seas. Fine work for a pair of landlubbing thieves barely able to tell one end of a ship from the other!

    Locke and Jean find their abiding friendship tested to its very limits in this strange new world of lurching wooden decks, brutal ship-to-ship action, and feuding pirate captains. But not even their sojourn as buccaneers can keep the Gentlemen Bastards from their much-desired reckoning with all the powers that have conspired to interrupt their lives, including the last people in the world any sane person would want to offend... the Bondsmagi of Karthain.

    What others have to say about Red Seas Under Red Skies:

    " of the very best second novels I've ever read. If anything it's an improvement on the first in the series..."

  • Ariel, The Genre Files

    "...let me put your mind at ease. With Red Seas under Red Skies, Scott Lynch lives up to readers' high expectations!"

  • Patrick St-Denis, Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

    "Like its roguish protagonists, Lynch's colorful sequel to 2006's The Lies of Locke Lamora is charming, unpredictable and fast on its feet and stands surprisingly well on its own given its convoluted plot."

  • Publishers Weekly

  • Read the first 40,000 words!
    Right-click to download as an RTF.

    Find it at a good bookstore near you, or order it online from:

  • Amazon UK
    Hardcover | Paperback

    Hardcover | Paperback
  • The Republic of Thieves

    Book III of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence

    The roots of love and a deep rivalry.

    The nature of magic and the secrets of Karthain.

    Thorn and Rose fight to share the stage.

    The Thorn of Emberlain

    Book IV of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence

    A kingdom torn by civil war.

    A breakaway republic, outnumbered on all fronts.

    Two thieves caught between avarice and admiration.

    Things change forever.

    The Ministry of Necessity

    Book V of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence

    The burden of authority and the illusion of respectability.

    A dangerous bid to reach old allies.

    A shadow war against even older enemies.

    The Mage and the Master Spy

    Book VI of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence

    Further exercises in desperate improvisation.

    War and other matters of the heart.

    Someone makes a mistake for neither the first nor the last time.

    Inherit the Night

    Book VII of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence

    The fate of nations decided.

    Success repaid with betrayal.

    In the end, none of us can outrun our past.


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