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
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
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
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
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
The lead character, Michael, the Lock Artist, was mesmerizing (well, to me) and while reading, you'd get this inexplicable urge to want to meet him in real life (if he was real). I bet there truly are real-life safecrackers out there, but I doubt they'd be as beautiful, as intriguing and as quiet as Michael.
To borrow one of the most cliched reviews given out to bestsellers -- "This book is UNPUTDO...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
However, lock picking is not the only unusual thing about Michael. He hasn’t spoken a word in 10 years, t...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
Mike doesn't talk, but he sure as hell can tell a compelling story in his unique voice. I love this line: "the quiet people, in the other hand... I usually make them uncomfortab...more
There are some really wonderful scenes. The one where he meets his first friend in ar...more
Digression on genre:
What makes a book young adult fiction? I'm sure there are theoretical responses and I could do some Research (as I've been trained to do) or recall what I learned in my Children's Lit course (ha! a laughable, terribly run disaster of a course), but I'd rather thi...more
The story goes back forth between two time periods about a year apar...more
Michael is sent on a troubled road among criminal elements and has limited choices. The one positive in his life is Amelia. Using comic book drawings, they communicate and a bond develops that has life-changing effects.
The main character and narrator, Michael, is unable to speak due to a trauma suffered in childhood, which he does not reveal to us until almost the end of the novel. Let's just s...more
About the Book: Michael is what's known as "boxman"-he has a talent for cracking safes. He was trained by The Ghost and works for a man in Detroit taking boxman jobs for hire. When he gets a call, he goes. As a kid, Michael survived a family tragedy during his childhood but hasn't uttered a word since, which makes him perfect as his job because he will never tell on anyone. Michael is passing his time by writing his story and recounting the journey that landed him in prison nine years ago. Told...more
The story is told as exactly that, a story from the perspective of the main character which, whilst providing an interesting point of view perspective, somewhat detracts from the suspense – if he is telling the s...more