The Republic of Thieves - Excerpt

Scott Lynch has sent out what looks like Chapter 1 of his new novel, The Republic of Thieves.  Go to for a link to a rich text file that you can download and gorge yourself on.
Provided directly from an uncorrected manuscript of
The Republic of Thieves
for the reading pleasure of a certain group of people.
All contects Copyright 2010, Scott Lynch
This file may be passed from interested reader to interested reader, but may not be a) made avaialble in any public place save or b) transcribed and placed online in any other format or context. Violators of these rather tame stipulations will be flayed alive by methamphetamine-addled lemurs armed with chainsaws. Don't ask where my publishers get the money for stuff like that. 
The Republic of Thieves is book 3 of Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards sequence and is due to land next spring.