Lock Artist

Lock Artist

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Michael hit the headlines once before, a seven-year-old kid the papers called The Miracle Boy on account of how he survived the terrible incident that took his parents. But although his escape was miraculous, it left him unable to speak. Taunted as a freak, school becomes a fresh nightmare, until Michael discovers he has a special talent that makes people sit up and take notice: he can open locks. But a teenage prank burglarizing the house of a rival school's quarterback lands him in hot water, and despite his best intentions, Michael soon finds himself on a downward slope that ends with expert instruction on how to open safes. And unless he agrees to put his newfound skills to use, the mob are going to kill the father of the girl he now loves. So begins an extraordinary life of crime - at once terrifying and exhilarating - while all the while, Michael plots how to turn the tables on his employer, win back Amelia, and find the key to unlocking his traumatic childhood memories.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 26mm | 434g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export ed
  • 0752891960
  • 9780752891965
  • 395,873

About Steve Hamilton

Born and raised in the Detroit area, Steve Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and two children.show more

Review quote

'Never has a narrator been more eloquent, more heart breaking and more moving - and all without speaking a word... An utterly absorbing tale.9/10' PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 'The talent that Steve Hamilton has developed over the course of the Alex McKnight series is in full bloom here in this daring and deeply satisfying novel.' REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE 'This reluctant safecracker is one of the most attractive, original and complete protagonists I've encountered in a lond while, in one of the most consistenly enjoyable and moving novels of the year.' MORNING STAR 'Steve Hamilton knows how to build tension - it is slow, but inexorable. The reader is given an indication of how things will shape up from the outset, but this in no way spoils the narrative - the sequence of events is compelling. LEICESTERSHIRE LIFEshow more

Rating details

8,951 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,607)
4 44% (3,970)
3 21% (1,851)
2 5% (410)
1 1% (113)

Our customer reviews

I received this book from, and reviewed it for BookDagger / Real Readers. The Lock Artist tells the story Michael. When Michael was eight something terrible happened to him and his family. Michael is the only survivor of the event that has left him unable to speak and living with his well meaning but not quite up to the task uncle. When Michael discovers a talent for opening locks it gives him an escape from the trauma as well as a way of avoiding bullying in school. But when a highschool prank goes wrong Michael finds himself the subject of interest for organized crime. When Michael falls in love with Amelia it gives his criminal bosses a hold over him and he finds himself training with a professional lock artist, learning how to open safes and involved in dangerous and high stake break-inns. All the time though Michael is looking for a way to end his masters' hold over him while keeping the girl he loves save. Most of all though, he's looking for the key that will allow him to unlock his secrets and to speak again. This is a remarkable story. Michael, the main character, can't be pidgeonholed as either good or bad. He is proud of his skill with locks, but not happy with what others make him use it for. It clearly excites him when he's able to open a lock or safe, but doesn't want the involvement with high level crime and voilence. As such, he makes a realistic, multi-dimentional and very likeable main character. The story is very well plotted. While the break-inns and the dangers involved with them keep the tension high, the real mystery lies in what exactly happened to Michael all those years ago, and in whether or not he'll ever be able to share those events and maybe even talk again. I really enjoyed this book and only had one minor problem with the plot. I can't help wondering how it is possible that with the FBI being close to Michael and his teacher so early on in the story, it was still possible for Michael to get in as deep as he did. Other than that though, this was a very well written, and very gripping thriller. A very solid 4.5 stars from me for The Lock Artist.show more
by Marleen Kennedy
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