Anyone read this? Starting with The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Red Sails Under Red Skies, it was just continued in The Republic of Thieves. I finished TRoT the other day, and I'm pretty pleased. It definitely had the feeling more of a bridge/set up book, but was none the less superior for it. Lynch constructs a hugely elaborate world (that you don't end up getting to see much of, unfortunately), and puts you in the cockpit behind your title character, Locke Lamora, a professional thief, con man, trickster, amoral religious adherent, and nearly 5'6" of 130 lbs of manly man. Locke is played fairly straight. He's smart, he's capable, and it's a joy to watch him pull off a scheme (Of which there are numerous). However, his smart mouth often outruns his physical capabilities, and he gets his face punched in. Secondly and most importantly is the other main character, Jean Tannen. Jean is Locke's best friend and foil, and is physically Perrin, but uglier and forty pounds fatter, with a talent for math, sewing, and smashing people in the face with hatchets. The series follows their misadventures.