The Lock Artist: A Novel

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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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Solid characters, unique plot line. - Goodreads
The writing is beautiful. - Goodreads
He is endowed with intimations of startling insight. - Borders

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User Review  - Christine Roberts - Goodreads

Solid characters, unique plot line. By the time the reader learns what happened to Mike all those years ago, it's like finding the final piece of a giant jigsaw puzzle- everything else suddenly makes so much sense. Read full review

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User Review  - Craig Pittman - Goodreads

I picked up this book because I saw it on a list of the best heist novels ever written. But this is not, strictly speaking, a heist novel. It's more of a character study of how someone becomes ... Read full review

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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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