The Lies of Locke Lamora is something of a mixture between Hustle and Oliver Twist, with a hint of The Pink Panther and a dash of Ocean's Eleven.
Part historical novel, part revenge thriller, part crime novel and part fantastical adventure this is a brilliant debut novel from a hugely talented first-time author.
In the words of Jennifer Williams, a bookseller based at Waterstone's Greenwich:
"Lies is funny, twisty, clever, violent and rude, with likeably wicked characters and a story that's a mixture of The Sting and a gangster movie. It's also extremely addictive and you are guaranteed to be desperate for the next part, Red Seas Under Red Skies. Easily the best book of 2006.."
If you've already read the book, we'd love to hear your opinions on it. If not, why not pick up a copy today and join the discussion later?
The novel is described as fantasy - do you think this is an accurate description?
Does it invite comparisons with other novels because it's derivative or because it's just a very difficult novel to pigeon-hole?