The Lock Artist
"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... show more
"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.
Publish date: January 5th 2010
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
My first Steve Hamilton, and it won’t be my last. While reading this novel, I started thinking about literary devices, namely telling a story backwards: telling me who the culprit was but not who was killed and why, jumping back and forth, and then slowly explaining the details. What draw me in ...
This is, without a doubt, one of those books that will have you grabbing every available minute to read. Winner of the Edgar for Best Novel, The Lock Artist functions as a coming-of-age tale, and an exciting thriller. Michael, the lock artist, has not spoken since he was eight, because of a trauma t...
Really interesting. Except that, of course, swearing is used in about every other paragraph...
4.5 stars.Let me start by saying that this is the first adult book I've read in awhile (though it is an Alex Award winner, so it has strong appeal to teens as well). It did not disappoint! The story, following Mike the safecracker, was unlike any I've read. The format jumps from Michael as a high s...
Wow. I picked this up off the to-read pile on a whim this morning - 6 hours later I'm done, having skipped lunch.This book just seems to have the perfect balance of everything - a caper, a teen romance, tortured characters, terrific pacing, absolutely no "throw the book at the wall" writing - well d...