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The Lock Artist: A Novel
by Steve Hamilton

Published: 2011-03-01
Paperback : 336 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. ...

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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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Was Michael the master of his fate or did he just allow things to happen to him? How is he at taking responsibility for his own actions?
What will his life be like when he is released from prison?
Will he speak again?
by aperrigo (see profile) 10/05/11

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by hollidaypark (see profile) 09/05/13
This is not a \\\"mystery\\\" per se. However, you will be more informed about how locks work when you are done reading it.

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  "the Lock Artist"by Alison8641 (see profile) 02/26/15

Turns out we all felt this is a young adult novel, which isn't a bad thing but over all we felt it wasn't a good fit for our group. It was ok. There was some interesting aspects to childhood trauma and... (read more)

 
  "The Lock artist"by hollidaypark (see profile) 09/05/13

We selected this book because we wanted to try mystery and because the author was an award winner. Most of us found this book to be very much a "man's book" and were confused by the constant switching... (read more)

 
  "The Lock Artist"by aperrigo (see profile) 10/05/11

Michigan author Steve Hamilton has written a riveting coming of age story about Michael, who at 18, has been mute since experiencing a traumatic event 10 years prior. During the course of one year, he... (read more)

 
  "A fast paced, easy read"by meye0797 (see profile) 05/23/11

Another great beach book, this story moves quickly and maintains the reader's interest by intertwining a love story with the protagonist's dark past and illegal activites.

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