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The Lies of
Author: Scott Lynch
Series: Gentlemen Bastards 1
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
It's a difficult enough thing to write a novel revolving around a heist that actually rings true, but to frame it all with a beautiful fantasy world that evokes the canals of Venice is all the more impressive. Scott Lynch's story of thieves and con men focuses on Locke Lamora and his merry band as they make their fortune in the city of Camorr.
Where Lynch really excels though, throughout The Lies of Locke Lamora and the two followup novels, is in telling you to expect one thing, but taking the plot somewhere else entirely, without abandoning the original premise. He weaves disparate storylines together and makes you excited to find out what curveball is next.
Locke and his closest companions are too clever for their own good, and watching the actions of a hero continue to be their undoing makes for a more realistic tale than the standard world-threatening evil.