The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
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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.   
 

About Steve Hamilton

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Steve Hamilton is the author of the Alex McKnight series as well as Night Work and The Lock Artist, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making him only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now he lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.
 
Published December 29, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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He still can’t tell us about it, “but maybe one of these days as I’m writing, I’ll get to…that day in June of 1990.” Nine years later, however, 17-year-old Michael suddenly realizes that he can unlock just about anything.

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Book Reporter

Amelia and Michael soon find themselves the salvation of the other --- Michael for Amelia in a more ironic, tragic way, though Amelia gives Michael a reason to live, which is every bit as compelling.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Reading the book is like working a combination, nudging forward in one direction until a piece of the story clicks, then spinning back until another pin from the past falls into place, moving back and forth between time lines to unlock the moment that made Michael fall mute.

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Chron.com

Starting from that first safe-cracking job, Hamilton sets up a lazy back-and-forth, going forward to successive heists — some more disastrous than others, all of them nerve-wracking — and backward to an adolescent prank that started Michael down his path of crime (and led him to the beautiful Ame...

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Bookmarks Magazine

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 ...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Equally so his “indenture” to a man who remains nameless other than “the man in Detroit” through whom arrangements are made for the jobs Michael is given, for a fee to Michael of course and a cut off the top to “the man.” While the specifics went right over my head, great pains are taken to desc...

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Chamber Four

If you need further proof that Hamilton doesn’t understand the power of mysterious motives, look no further than the majority of his plotting, featuring guards who let Mike into buildings for no reason, people who tell their life stories for no reason, and generally a bunch of personality-free, m...

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Savannah Now

At first just working with old combination padlocks, Michael eventually graduates to opening key locks with his own crude, homemade lock pick set.

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Shine from Yahoo

One may ponder why the youthful Michael of Milford, Michigan (a bedroom town for Detroit commuters) doesn't apply himself in the direction of art school, while supporting himself as a locksmith.

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