The Lock Artist
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
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 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
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
Micheal discovers when a kid that he has a way with locks,...more
The story is told as a first person narration. It is the written thoughts of Michael and the pictures he draws to help him communicate . This is a voice you ‘hear’ loud and clearly.
Michael is mute
His story is told over four distinct time periods. The present, when he is ‘locked up tight’ both physically an...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
Michale has suffered a very traumatic experience at the age of eight. An experience the reader will not be aware of until the final chapters of the book. This experience has left him without a mother or a father. He has also become a select mute and has not uttered...more
This is a departure, maybe a stand-alone, from the Alex McKnight series Hamilton is known for. In this book we meet Michael, who at age eight was traumatized by events which ended the lives of his mother and father and almost his own. He was so traumatized that he never spoke again. In highschool, the football jocks found out that he was a genius at opening locks, a...more
A young boy is traumatized and left orphaned to be taken in by his uncle. Choosing not to speak since 8 years of age, he lives a lonely, depressed life until he discovers a talent for lock picking and safe cracking. His new abilities, young age, and unique quietness put him into some interesting and criminal situations.
The book is written from the boy’s perspective. A mute main character seems like a recipe for disaster, but it works quite well. In what...more