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The Lock Artist: A Novel

by Steve Hamilton

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

The Lock Artist: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
"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, 8.2 × 6.11 × 0.98 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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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and Interesting This interesting and intriguing story won the Edgar Award for best Novel in 2011. Michael, the protagonist, who has been incarcerated for nine years ever since the age of 18, recounts his unique life experience from his prison cell. In the very beginning we learn Michael suffered a tragic event in his childhood the loss of both his parents in a horrific car accident. Ever since that day, his bachelor uncle who runs a liquor store took on the responsibility to raise him. From a very early age, he was fascinated with locks and how they were engineered. With this knowledge he eventually developed a rare skill and was on his way to being a safe cracking whiz. This talent soon attracted the attention of the wrong people who were more than willing to take advantage of him. During Michael’s criminal endeavours we follow an intriguing relationship with Amelia and her family. After a break-in at their house, ensuing consequences eventually developed into a fling between two adolescents. The story is well paced it switches back and forth between Michael’s life of crime as a young adult and his adolescence, every once and awhile we are even taken back to his early childhood. The language is extremely simple with short sentences very age appropriate for the period covered. Although the structure seems complicated at first with all the flashbacks I quickly got into the rhythm as the suspense built. This novel is full of surprises and quite entertaining however my interest did wane when things became too technical and somewhat repetitive. The main character is original, charismatic and deeply layered the rest run the gamut of personalities some are even quite memorable. Many will find this novel somewhat original and a refreshing change as I did.
Date published: 2012-08-11

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The Lock Artist: A Novel

by Steve Hamilton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.2 × 6.11 × 0.98 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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