The Lock Artist

The Lock Artist

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312380427
Branch Call Number: FIC Hami
Characteristics: 304p


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Pippi_L Sep 10, 2011

This compelling thriller was such good fun. I hope the author has another novel in the works.

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Jun 05, 2018

I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as Exit Strategy or The Second Life of Nick Mason.

Jan 20, 2018

Rather extraordinary main character, in whose name the narrative is conducted, in which he tells about himself.
Involuntarily the reader something like falls in love with him, as happens with many characters of the book.
In spite of certain composition in which chapters about past alternate with chapters about most resent past and almost present, there is an organicity in composition, that is always difficult to achieve in this kind of composition.
It seemed to me superfluous to describe in details how to open locks and safes.

May 30, 2017

Very good, inventive, different, absorbing.

Jan 31, 2017

Narrated in the first person by a character who is mute. Not quite a thriller yet the tension level created by the author is simply fantastic. Published in 2011, it's the best book I've read since Station Eleven. Incredibly insightful as to the human condition. Just a wonderful read. even if you're not into mysteries and thrillers.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 28, 2016

This one read pretty slowly and took awhile to get into. The reasoning for this is because the main character is mute and there is very little dialogue. But overall, I did enjoy it and was completely different from what I usually read. Not quite a thriller, yet deals with criminals in a unique way and perspective. Felt a bit like YA, yet it's shelved in the adult section. All around pretty interesting though.

Nov 11, 2015

I do not usually comment on books ,but this was a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.

Apr 22, 2015

I read this book in one sitting, could not tear myself away from it. Steve Hamilton's writing is flawless, and I'd heartily recommend this book to those who don't care for crime fiction books.

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

A great adult books for teens to read. It is the story of Michael, an 18 year old lock-picking whiz kid with a crazy past and a criminally certain future. The chapters alternate between glimpses of a bizarre childhood trauma and his present-day life as an increasingly skilled criminal "boxman", one of many slang terms you learn for a safecracker! Toss in a decent romance and plenty of unforeseen plot turns and you have a great read for any age.

Dec 10, 2013

A really interesting concept but something lacking. Tends to drag at times. Not as good as the Alex McNight series.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Michael has been mute since a childhood trauma—but what keeps him locked within himself is just one part of this exhilarating ride. Michael’s sudden career as a high-stakes criminal drives the true action. Innocently pursuing an interest in locks, Mike becomes deft at lock-picking. This makes him a valuable asset to a dangerous crowd... and an interesting combination of voiceless victim and perpetrator. One heck of a fine thriller that exposes the murky division between choice and chance.

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AmyCPL Mar 27, 2013

The quiet people, on the other hand... I usually make them uncomfortable as hell, because they know they cant compete with me. I'll out-quiet anybody.... I'm the undisputed champion of keeping my mouth shut and just sitting there like a piece of furniture.

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