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The Lock Artist: A Novel

by Steve Hamilton

St. Martin's Press | March 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me.
But you can call me Mike."
 
 
Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it''s a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all.
 
It''s an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.
 
Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you''ve ever seen in the world of crime fiction.
 
The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
 
 
 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312696957

ISBN - 13: 9780312696955

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The Lock Artist: A Novel

The Lock Artist: A Novel

by Steve Hamilton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312696957

ISBN - 13: 9780312696955

From the Publisher

"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me.
But you can call me Mike."
 
 
Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it''s a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all.
 
It''s an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.
 
Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you''ve ever seen in the world of crime fiction.
 
The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
 
 
 

About the Author

STEVE HAMILTON's first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before becoming a USA Today Bestseller and winning both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel.  His standalone novel The Lock Artist was named a New York Times Notable Book, was given an Alex Award by the American Library Association, and then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making Steve Hamilton only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel.  He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now he lives in Cottekill, New York with his wife and their two children.

Editorial Reviews

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE ALEX AWARD WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL WINNER OF THE CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER WINNER OF THE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL NOMINATED FOR THE ANTHONY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL NOMINATED FOR THE DILYS AWARD "This one is too good for words."-- The New York Times Book Review "Hamilton … understands what’s truly scary, what’s truly suspenseful.”-- The Washington Post " The Lock Artist  is superior in every way: intriguing, carefully crafted characters and a devious plot, all told in the haunting voice of a young man who has no voice. Just for spice, there''s a really good love story, too. . . . Hamilton slowly builds this story in layers, using time as a device of suspense and never losing the threads. How and why Mike ended up in jail is only a small part of this incredibly clever novel."-- The Globe and Mail “Mike is one of those unreliable narrators you can’t help rooting for-- a traumatized soul fighting his way back from the brink-- and the mystery of his silence will have you blazing through pages. A smart, inventive thriller, The Lock Artist is packed with a standout cast of characters, plus enough safe-cracking trade secrets to tempt you to dig up that old combination lock and test your newfound knowledge.”--Louisville Courier Journal "An enthralling read . . . Michael [is] an utterly believable and thoroughly captivating character . . . The Lock A
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