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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (March 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441815449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441815446
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,858,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 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

"Steve Hamilton writes the kind of stories that manly men and tough-minded women can't resist." --The New York Times on North of Nowhere
"A Stolen Season is one of those mysteries that lulls readers into a sense of security, but nothing is certain here."--Washington Post Book World
"Ice Run turns on edge-of-the-seat psychological suspense that Hamilton has honed to precision."--Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Hamilton's prose moves us smoothly along and his characters are marvelously real."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Hunting Wind
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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.

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"But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
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.
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This is one of the best books I've read for a while. The author starts in the present and then goes back and forth through earlier parts of the main character's life. Even though we're shifting back and forth, it's easy to follow because of what's happening in his life at the time. The main character is a very likeable guy which is always a plus for me. He didn't lose my attention once throughout the book and I found it difficult to put down. The only reason I didn't read it all in one day is because I couldn't stay awake.
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Most people who read Steve Hamilton’s novels do so to follow the Alex McKnight detective series, but I knew nothing about either when I started The Lock Artist (2009), one of Hamilton’s two standalone novels.

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.
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