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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
“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 Artist is a terrific coming-of-age tale and a great crime novel all wrapped in one, with a liberal sprinkling of romance and teenage rebellion to boot."--San Francisco Book Review
“Fascinating, with enough bits of high-voltage action to keep the pulse pounding.”--Houston Chronicle
"The unconventional The Lock Artist surpasses even Hamilton's high standards. . . . Hamilton delves deeply into Mike’s psyche, saving the tragedy that propelled him to silence until near the end. When the story of why Mike cannot speak is revealed, it is a devastating moment and Hamilton knows how to draw out all the emotional impact.”--Florida Sun-Sentinel
“The Lock Artist is far more than a suspenseful heist caper. It’s the story of a boy emerging into his own life… The talent Steve Hamilton has developed over the course of the Alex McKnight series is in full bloom here in this daring and deeply satisfying novel.”--Reviewing the Evidence
"Propelled by an aching desire to recover his voice, [protagonist] Mike has brushes with the law, flirts with romance and makes alliances with criminals, from rank amateurs to consummate professionals. Along the way, Hamilton drops tantalizing clues about Mike’s troubled past and his uncertain future. Readers will hope to hear more from Mike."--Publishers Weekly
“Sharp prose and a strong cast.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Intense and involving.”--Booklist
"Hamilton has a knack for weaving a complicated web of intrigue and irony and a knack for hoisting the system on its own petard."--Chronogram Magazine
"Hamilton maintains a seamless narrative of escalating suspense as he juggles alternating adolescent and late-teen storylines that merge in the revelation of Mike's brutal secret. With this absorbing coming-of-age tale scarred by horror and adversity, the New York author breathes new life into the oldest chestnut of all, the redemptive power of love."--Winnipeg Free Press
"Hypnotic ... a proven master of suspense moves in a brand new direction - and the result is can't-put-it-down spectacular."--Lee Child
"I haven't read a book this captivating in a long time. The Lock Artist is gutsy, genuine and, flat out, a great read. You won't be disappointed."--Michael Connelly
Praise for Steve Hamilton:
"Hamilton's prose . . . remains an unself-consciously terse pleasure."--Entertainment Weekly on Blood Is the Sky
About the Author
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 Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest. It went on to win the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. In 2006, Hamilton won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. He lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.See all Product Description
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And whatever His soul desires, that He does." -- Job 23:13 (NKJV)
Just when you thought you had read so many mysteries and crime stories that you always know what to expect from them, along comes Steve Hamilton's Edgar-winning Best Novel to show you that creativity and originality are alive and well in the genre. If you haven't read this book, you have a major treat ahead of you.
I don't want to spoil the story for you, but as the title and book cover copy suggest, the protagonist is someone who can open locks to homes, closed rooms, and safes. Many of my favorite mysteries and fictional crime stories involve burglaries. So I was excited to read this book, and I wasn't disappointed.
As gifted as he is with locks, Michael isn't so good with words. He can say them fine in his head, but his voice utters nothing. As the prologue explains, something happened in 1990 when he was eight that put Michael in the headlines as "the Miracle Boy," "Boy Wonder," and "Terror Tyke." From the beginning you'll wonder what that's all about, and that mystery unravels very slowly throughout.
The story quickly splits into three timelines that are intertwined, one describing what happened since 1990 while the other two focus on 1999 and 2000. The 1990 timeline helps you become acquainted with Michael's growing up with his uncle Lito. The 1999 story explains how he ended up on an unexpected career trajectory. The 2000 story describes his professional criminal career and includes lots of interesting details about how he overcomes locks.
Along the way, Mr. Hamilton is generous with explanations that help you understand what's going on without revealing all of the background.Read more ›
I don’t remember buying it, and yet there it was, upstairs in my pile of books-to-read.
It has a beautiful cover that features a lone male character, his back turned and offering only a partial profile. He’s surrounded by the numbers and gear shapes of a combination lock, in a style that echoes Deco as it hints of noir. For me: irresistible.
I’m so glad I stumbled upon it.
The Lock Artist is the sad and startling coming-of-age story of Michael, the artist referred to in the title. It’s also a brilliant thriller. You see, Michael’s artistry is twofold: he’s an accomplished sketch artist and illustrator as well as a lock picking, safecracking savant, otherwise known as a “boxman”. It’s around this second ability that the novel unfolds.
Michael, who’s barely into his twenties when he begins narrating his story, is a beautifully drawn, deeply affecting character that the reader cares about from the first page, in spite of the fact that he’s telling his story from a prison cell.
We’re meant to root for him, not only because he’s unfailingly honest with us (his readers), but because he’s more of a victim than anyone else in his story. And in spite of the fact that he’s battered by misfortune through most of his life, he never succumbs to self-pity, but remains true to his personal moral code, and true to the woman he loves.
However, these elements aren’t what utterly captivate the reader.Read more ›
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.