The Lock Artist

The Lock Artist

Book - 2010
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After surviving an act of violence as a child, Michael stops talking and grows up with the ability to open any lock or safe, a talent he sells to any buyer in the crime world, until a botched heist forces him to go home to face the secret that has kept him so quiet.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Pub., 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312380427
Branch Call Number: FIC HAMIL


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JCLTiffanyR Apr 30, 2019

My fave mystery of all time! The plot is ingenious and Mike, a.k.a. the Milford Mute, the Golden Boy, the Lock Artist (because there isn't a lock he can't open) is a one-of-a-kind main character. Mike has one of the most unique voices in fiction which is all the more remarkable because he's mute and doesn't utter a word. Mike speaks only to the reader, creating a rare sort of bond. Coupled with a tightly plotted story and spot-on pacing, this book is a winner. It's no surprise it won the Edgar for best mystery.

Sep 27, 2018

Thriller porn if that’s what you like. (1)Hero is unable to speak due to mysterious childhood trauma. (2)He finds an amazing ability to open locks and somehow (3)acquires a shadowy agent who connects him with criminals needing a rental safecracker. Pushed into the public school system, (4)his prodigious painting/sketching ability is discovered.

Then police catch him breaking-and-entering a rich guy’s house during a highschool prank. His punishment is to work-it-off at the homeowner’s discretion. He falls for the homeowner’s beautiful, troubled daughter who’s also a fantastic artist and they begin a relationship drawing cartoon panels for each other with soul-searching bubble speech…. If all this sounds interesting, go for it: I gave up.

Jun 05, 2018

I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as Exit Strategy or The Second Life of Nick Mason.

Jan 20, 2018

Rather extraordinary main character, in whose name the narrative is conducted, in which he tells about himself.
Involuntarily the reader something like falls in love with him, as happens with many characters of the book.
In spite of certain composition in which chapters about past alternate with chapters about most resent past and almost present, there is an organicity in composition, that is always difficult to achieve in this kind of composition.
It seemed to me superfluous to describe in details how to open locks and safes.

May 30, 2017

Very good, inventive, different, absorbing.

Jan 31, 2017

Narrated in the first person by a character who is mute. Not quite a thriller yet the tension level created by the author is simply fantastic. Published in 2011, it's the best book I've read since Station Eleven. Incredibly insightful as to the human condition. Just a wonderful read. even if you're not into mysteries and thrillers.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 28, 2016

This one read pretty slowly and took awhile to get into. The reasoning for this is because the main character is mute and there is very little dialogue. But overall, I did enjoy it and was completely different from what I usually read. Not quite a thriller, yet deals with criminals in a unique way and perspective. Felt a bit like YA, yet it's shelved in the adult section. All around pretty interesting though.

Nov 11, 2015

I do not usually comment on books ,but this was a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.

Apr 22, 2015

I read this book in one sitting, could not tear myself away from it. Steve Hamilton's writing is flawless, and I'd heartily recommend this book to those who don't care for crime fiction books.

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

A great adult books for teens to read. It is the story of Michael, an 18 year old lock-picking whiz kid with a crazy past and a criminally certain future. The chapters alternate between glimpses of a bizarre childhood trauma and his present-day life as an increasingly skilled criminal "boxman", one of many slang terms you learn for a safecracker! Toss in a decent romance and plenty of unforeseen plot turns and you have a great read for any age.

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AmyCPL Mar 27, 2013

The quiet people, on the other hand... I usually make them uncomfortable as hell, because they know they cant compete with me. I'll out-quiet anybody.... I'm the undisputed champion of keeping my mouth shut and just sitting there like a piece of furniture.

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