The Lock Artist

The Lock Artist

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2009
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At the age of eight, Michael survives an act of violence so horrific that the local press dubs him "The Miracle Boy." An orphan now, and no longer able to speak, Michael soon discovers the one thing he can do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door with no key, a padlock with no combination, or even an 800-pound safe . . . Michael can open them all. It doesn't take long for him to become a hot commodity, and the best "boxman" in the business. But like any valuable commodity, there are people who will do whatever it takes to own him. And once they see what Michael can really do, they're not about to let him walk away.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point Pub., c2009.
ISBN: 9781602857148
Branch Call Number: LPE MYSTERY HAM


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May 30, 2017

Very good, inventive, different, absorbing.

Jan 31, 2017

Narrated in the first person by a character who is mute. Not quite a thriller yet the tension level created by the author is simply fantastic. Published in 2011, it's the best book I've read since Station Eleven. Incredibly insightful as to the human condition. Just a wonderful read. even if you're not into mysteries and thrillers.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 28, 2016

This one read pretty slowly and took awhile to get into. The reasoning for this is because the main character is mute and there is very little dialogue. But overall, I did enjoy it and was completely different from what I usually read. Not quite a thriller, yet deals with criminals in a unique way and perspective. Felt a bit like YA, yet it's shelved in the adult section. All around pretty interesting though.

Nov 11, 2015

I do not usually comment on books ,but this was a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.

Apr 22, 2015

I read this book in one sitting, could not tear myself away from it. Steve Hamilton's writing is flawless, and I'd heartily recommend this book to those who don't care for crime fiction books.

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

A great adult books for teens to read. It is the story of Michael, an 18 year old lock-picking whiz kid with a crazy past and a criminally certain future. The chapters alternate between glimpses of a bizarre childhood trauma and his present-day life as an increasingly skilled criminal "boxman", one of many slang terms you learn for a safecracker! Toss in a decent romance and plenty of unforeseen plot turns and you have a great read for any age.

Dec 10, 2013

A really interesting concept but something lacking. Tends to drag at times. Not as good as the Alex McNight series.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Michael has been mute since a childhood trauma—but what keeps him locked within himself is just one part of this exhilarating ride. Michael’s sudden career as a high-stakes criminal drives the true action. Innocently pursuing an interest in locks, Mike becomes deft at lock-picking. This makes him a valuable asset to a dangerous crowd... and an interesting combination of voiceless victim and perpetrator. One heck of a fine thriller that exposes the murky division between choice and chance.

Mar 29, 2013

I really liked this book. Not sure why, it's not my typical who dunit, or crime book and it even has love in it (which is so not my type of book) but I thought it was all done really well and I found myself anxious to read the book any opportunity I had. Great story, with a different plot.

Nov 21, 2012

Can't recommend it more highly. An extremely well written book with stories within stories. But it flows so well and the premise, a kid with exceptional lock picking skills, is intriguing and well keep you engrossed in this book until the very end.

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AmyCPL Mar 27, 2013

The quiet people, on the other hand... I usually make them uncomfortable as hell, because they know they cant compete with me. I'll out-quiet anybody.... I'm the undisputed champion of keeping my mouth shut and just sitting there like a piece of furniture.

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