Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For several years I've seen recommendations and rave reviews about Scott Lynch's debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Now after reading the book for myself, I can without a doubt see why it was recommended and why it has got those glowing reviews.

Locke Lamora, leader of a gang of con artists, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a power struggle in the city of Camorr's criminal underworld between the city's long-time Capa and the mysterious Grey King.  Locke's world for the last 20 years gets overturned and nearly all his friends murdered; revenge suddenly becomes his sole concern but finds himself opposed by the Duke's secret police chief as well as everyone else in the criminal underworld on top of a Bondmage.  At first what seems to be a story about a con game quickly turns into one of revenge and paybacks.

Throughout the book Lynch inserted Interludes between Chapters, which turned out entertaining flashbacks and world-building selections that came relevant as the book progressed.  Although a cynic would say they were just info-dumps, they are craftily constructed info-dumps that give depth to the character's backgrounds and to the world at large in brief glimpse that don't slow down the main plot.

One of the things I judge a book on is how much I'm looking forward to getting my hands back on it, and frankly throughout my day I couldn't wait for a break or lunch so I could delve into the city of Camorr following Locke's progress.  Highly recommended.

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