The name for Thor's first book 'The Lions of Lucerne' came to him the first time he saw The Lion of Lucerne, a stone monument to the soldiers who died protecting the royal family during the French Revolution that Mark Twain once described as "the most moving piece of rock on earth." Thor was inspired not only by stone beast, but by the famously picturesque city itself. "Visiting Lucerne is like going to Disneyland: You can't imagine that it is real because it looks like a movie lot," says Thor. "Even back then I liked the idea of taking something so tranquil then letting the bullets fly." In his book, the medieval lakeside town is overtaken by a paramilitary outfit.
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