The Lock Artist
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 ...more
Michael’s journey in The Lock Artist is told in the first person as he writes his story down in ...more
The book provides such detailed intstructions on how to pick locks and open safes that I was finally able to let myself into my neighbor's house and steal those photos that he's been using to bribe...
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Michael was rendered mute by a traumatic experience at age eight. Now he's in prison for a robbery gone very wrong, and he tells the story of how he ended up in his current situation. He alternates between two story lines that eventually converge (sort of). One is the story of his young life as a mute, and how he bec ...more
I really like the way Hamilton told the tale. You know right from the beginning that something horrific and violent happened to 8 year old Michael but you do ...more
It jumps back and forth in time, and teaches us how to become an expert safecracker along the way. The narrator is a distinctive young man, Michael--something terrible happened to him when he was a child, before he came to live with his U ...more
After a promising start, by cranking up the suspense by telling that our protagonist, Mike, suffered a traumatic event as a young child and was dubbed the ...more
One of the greatest blessings for the avid crime fiction reader is to discover a series that you love. You can look forward to spending time with books that you know will appeal to you, with a new one generally published every year. Steve Hamilton had me at "hello"; I thought that the first book in the Alex McKnight series, A COLD DAY IN PARADISE, was amazing. I've eagerly gobbled up each of the entries in that series and continue to wait for more. ...more
The writing is beautiful. There are powerful scenes, and tense scenes, and particularly vivid scenes -- ones I don't think I will ever forget. Michael's talents -- artistic and illegal -- are written in a ...more
The Lock Artist was a very intriguing novel about a mute safecracker. After a traumatic childhood experience, Michael never talks again. Through a series of incidents, he uncovers a real talent, even a gift, for cracking safes. Told in an interesting first person fashion, written as an autobiography, with alternating childhood and later chapters, I enjoyed it very much. Not a whole bunch really happened, but the story was told with real style. Micheal's experiences became yours and you really pu...more
The protagonist of the novel, Michael, is a young man who refuses to speak due to a past tragedy and has a preternatural talent at picking locks and opening safes. His history is complex and rich, and Hamilton makes a point to slowly reveal those things we most want to know, and in doin ...more
What did a teen with an "unforgivable talent," who hadn't said a word in ten years, do when he fell in love with a girl then fell in with the wrong people? As a young boy Michael was shocked into silence by a gruesome tragedy that left him an orphan, as a teen he made choices that cast him into a world of criminal minds bent on exploiting his unique gifts, as an adult he's paying the fu ...more
Received an advance reader's edition from a friend and was anxious to get started on it. Been looking forward to Steve Hamilton's newest effort and wasn't let down. While not part of the Alex McKnight series, this was a great standalone novel. It is much better written than Night Work.
Hamilton's approach to telling Michael's story is very different from anything he has done previously. Even though the time frame of the story is short, the central portion took place over a little more than a yea...more
This book jumps back and forth in time (but each chapter has a note telling you when it takes place, so it's not confusing) and is about Mike, a boxman. That's apparently what those in the know call safecrackers. And, like Ocean's 11, it makes me want to do a criminal heist. (Although, like 24, it also makes me want to stay on the right side of the law so that nothing bad will happen to me or to my hand--because holy crap, did ...more
Both the story and the construction of this hard-boiled thriller captured me from the beginning.
Michael is a young man who went through a horrific experience as a grade schooler that has left him unable to speak.
Taken in by his liquor-store owning uncle in a Michigan town outside Detroit, he has only two major talents: his art, and his artistic fingers, which allow him to teach himself to jimmy locks.
That leads to a high school night break-in that starts as a prank against a rival team's footb ...more
(Working on the next Alex McKnight book right now!)