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THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA had a first printing of 14,250 copies in trade TLOLL sold in 8 countries before publication TLOLL sold for six figures in the USA TLOLL sold to Hollywood in a major six figure deal TLOLL had stellar pre-publication reviews from the like of George RR Martin, Richard Morgan, Kate Elliot, Matthew Woodring Stover and Sarah Ash TLOLL was a bookclub SF and Fantasy book of the month RSURS shows that Lynch was no flash in the pan - this is a landmark in international fantasy in the making
Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives now. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short order cook.
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. Initially poised to rob the Sinspire, the notoriously thief-proof casino where the penalty for cheating is death, Locke and his partner, Jean, are unwillingly sidetracked into joining and then leading a pirate crew, swindling their way across the sea as they had previously done on land. The cinematic influences on Lynch's fantasy setting are evident, the borrowing is mostly ingenious and the prose frequently enthralls, but tone and pacing suffer from odd inconsistencies. A handful of dark moments clash uncomfortably with the overall devil-may-care atmosphere. Most frustrating of all is the handling of key secondary character Ezri Delmastro, who shines too briefly as an energetic romantic interest for Jean. The ending promises at least one more installment, but fans may be unhappy if the saga strays too far from its amiable roots. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.