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The Lock Artist Kindle Edition
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At the age of eight, Michael survives an act of violence so horrific that the local press dubs him "The Miracle Boy." An orphan now, and no longer able to speak, Michael soon discovers the one thing he can do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door with no key, a padlock with no combination, or even an 800-pound safe . . . Michael can open them all.
It doesn't take long for him to become a hot commodity, and the best "boxman" in the business. But like any valuable commodity, there are people who will do whatever it takes to own him. And once they see what Michael can really do, they're not about to let him walk away.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0049MPHDK
- Publisher : Orion (8 July 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 918 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 227,484 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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`The Lock Artist' by Steve Hamilton is an excellently nuanced crime thriller. It is told exclusively from the point of view of Michael as if he where narrating the tale to you. The reason that it captures the imagination so well is that the nonlinear narrative constantly throws up plausible cliff hangers that make you want to read more. The book centres on the reasons how Michael became involved in crime and some later jobs that he undertook. We dart between the different time periods, slowly getting to know more about the whole. By revealing something from the past, Hamilton introduces more layers to the passages set in the present.
I always knew that Hamilton was a good crime writer, I really enjoy his Alex McKnight novels, but `The Lock Artist' is something else. This is one of the best crime books I have read, up there with the better works of Michael Connelly or Don Winslow. The character of Michael is brilliantly drawn and seems to speak to you directly in a believable manner. The only shame is that the book appears to be a closed story; I would gladly have spent another 400 pages in the character's presence. A worthy winner of the Edgar Award.
How Steig Larson, Jo Nesbo and the very average Lee Child can rack up such sales and notoriety while this diamond languishes in the rough beggars belief.
The Lock Artist is one of the smartest, most original thrillers to pass my way in a very long time. It's not remotely formulaic. The central premise is genius. The characters leap off the page and Hamilton delivers tension and thrills in a highly literate, well balanced page turner. It won this years "Ian Fleming Silver Dagger" award and rightly so!
Buy this and recommend it to your friends. Perhaps together we can turn the great unwashed onto something brilliant!