The Lock Artist: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jan 5, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.†††
  

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The plot, like the prose, is not complex. - Goodreads
Ordinarily I'm quiet bored by action sequences. - Goodreads
The writing is beautiful. - Goodreads
The ending is matter of fact, and I liked that. - Goodreads
And I really, really liked the ending. - Goodreads
This is not to say that he's a bad writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Neftzger - LibraryThing

While the main character is locked up inside of himself and unable to speak due to a traumatic event in his early years, he eventually learns how to crack open doors, safes, and anything else designed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Jenkins - Goodreads

Michael has not uttered a single word for at least eight years. The only way he communicates is by sign language and hand gestures that he learned to relied on. Traumatized at a young age, he prefers ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

STEVE HAMILTON attended the University of Michigan and won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing. His first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Competition. It went on to win the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. In 2006, Steve won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work, including his Alex McKnight series and the stand-alone novel Night Work. His book The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

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