After a vicious struggle against the underworld that almost annihilated him, Locke Lamora and his trusted companion Jean were forced to flee their island home and stopped on the foreign coast of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this most remote western edge of the civilized world, they cannot stand still for long—soon they are back to practicing their craft: robbing the unworthy rich to line their own pockets.
This time, they have set their sights on the very greatest target: the world's most opulent and fortified casino, known as the Sinspire. The richest clientele in the land are drawn to the nine floors of the gambling house. To reach the top, they must impress with witty manners, good credit, and expert play. For at the Sinspire, one cardinal rule is enforced by ruthless housemaster Requin: to cheat is death. With impudent determination, the duo orchestrate a complex plot to deceive, fool and con their way through the nine floors…right to Requin's brimming vault.
But someone from their past has discovered Locke and Jean's plan...someone who is in Tal Varrar, and aims to force the brazen thieves to pay for their crimes. Now they must summon all of their cunning and resolve if they are to escape destruction. And even that might be too little.
Author Scott Lynch has been a freelance writer for several role playing games, as well as a waiter, marketing writer, dishwasher, and cook. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was born in 1978.
After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long—and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves. This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele—and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior…and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house's cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire. Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors…straight to Requin's teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb—until they are closer to the spoils than ever. But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo's secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough. Download and start listening now!