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The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
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Sep 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 52-in-2011
Read in September, 2011

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (pp. 301)

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 is supposed to be a crime novel also becomes a mysterious and different take on a teenage love story.

The prose is solid, masculine, and cold. The characters are raw and while typical of the genre, come across unique and real. Some areas feel a bit repetitive, but overall a really intriguing story. Do not expect crime procedural or standard narrative structures of the genre – just a well written novel with some unique takes on a criminal youth and safe cracking.

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