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by MacLeod Andrews,Steve Hamilton

eBook The Lock Artist epub
  • ISBN: 1441815457
  • Author: MacLeod Andrews,Steve Hamilton
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (January 5, 2010)
  • ePUB size: 1886 kb
  • FB2 size 1986 kb
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Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers in the world, and one of only two authors (along with Ross Thomas) to win Edgars .

Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers in the world, and one of only two authors (along with Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he’s put two recent titles on the New York Times bestseller list. But it was his standalone The Lock Artist that made publishing history, his first book to win an Edgar for Best Novel, a CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in the UK, and an Alex Award – which is given out by the American Library Association to those books that successfully cross over from the adult market and appeal to young adult readers.

Author Steve Hamilton has created a unique character in The Lock Artist. Michael is only 17, but is a gifted artist and can open just about any lock or safe he confronts. In addition, due to a tragic event in his past, he hasn’t spoken a single word in 10 years. The story is told in the first person and jumps between time periods and events. Still this is probably not an audiobook I would recommend to listening novices as these kinds of non-linear plots can take a little getting used to in audio format.

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THE LOCK ARTIST Also by Steve Hamilton Night Work A Stolen Season Ice Run Blood Is the Sky North of Nowhere The Hunting Wind Winter of. .A Cold Day in Paradise. This is a work of fiction

THE LOCK ARTIST Also by Steve Hamilton Night Work A Stolen Season Ice Run Blood Is the Sky North of Nowhere The Hunting Wind Winter of the Wolf Moon A Cold Day i. This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. A thomas dunne book for minotaur books. An imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

Steve Hamilton's intriguing mystery unfolds tantalizingly. Flashback chapters alternate with the present as dark secrets are slowly revealed and the main character's fate is determined. Narrator Macleod Andrews delivers this first-person story in a conversational, sometimes whispery, tone that immediately captures the listener. He convincingly becomes the complex protagonist: a gifted teenaged artist, locksmith, and unwilling criminal, who has been mute for 10 years due to a grisly childhood trauma. The clever blend of thriller and coming-of-age story is riveting.

The Lock Artist book. I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen in the world of crime fiction.

The talent Steve Hamilton has developed over the course of the Alex McKnight series is in full bloom here in this daring and deeply satisfying novel.

Just for spice, there's a really good love story, to. The talent Steve Hamilton has developed over the course of the Alex McKnight series is in full bloom here in this daring and deeply satisfying novel. Praise for Steve Hamilton:, The unconventional The Lock Artist surpasses even Hamilton's high standards. Hamilton delves deeply into Mike's psyche, saving the tragedy that propelled him to silence until near the end.

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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 do better than anyone else. Whether it’s a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It’s an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever closer to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you’ve ever seen in the world of crime fiction.
Comments: (7)
Buzatus
Just a fun novel to read. It is about a kid who has a dark past--and as a result he cannot talk, at all! However, he is intelligent and a quick learner. He is fascinated by locks and teaches himself how to unlock almost any lock. However, as a result, he is noticed by criminals and is sucked into a system of criminality. He helps commits crimes for a reason that he will make clear as the story proceeds. Early in the book, he tells you that he is in prison. So, you know going in, that he got caught. But what you don't know is what his deep dark past is all about or what lead him to a life of crime or why he cannot talk. There was a point I felt the book went on too long, but, it was needed--maybe I just got tired of trying to scarf it all down in a two day reading stint--but it ends on a hopeful note. Keep my interest.
Jay
This is one of the best books I read in 2011. It's worth breaking it down:

Character: This is probably the strongest part because the protagonist is interesting and has a secret past. I liked the character's honesty, especially when it came to the illegal and immoral things he did.

Concept: What if a traumatized child who didn't talk got sucked into a life of crime? Would he be able to escape and find a normal life?

Plot Structure: This book had an unusual plot structure, with one story leading up to the protagonist's entrance into the life of crime, and the other starting from that point and moving forward. The two stories alternated and the book ended when the two stories linked together. This structure was interesting but it's not clear that it added anything to the story that a straightforward chronological telling wouldn't have had.

Scene Construction: This part was well done with the author quickly getting into the interesting part of the scene and keeping the reader's attention.

Writing Voice: The story is told first person; we get to hear a lot of his inner thoughts which makes it interesting and which makes us care about him.

Theme: There was no overt theme, and I was okay with that. The story was really a coming-of-age tale for a troubled boy, and that was enough because it was done well.
Grari
I read this on my Kindle while coming back to the US from Frankfurt. I was at 92% when the announcement came on. Let me tell you, if I had a blanket, I would have been 8 years old again, blanket over my head, sneak-reading another chapter.

I almost finished it waiting for my luggage, then sat in the lobby for another 5 minutes to get it done.

Clearly, I really enjoyed this book and will be reading this author's backlist as soon as possible.

(There are plenty of other reviews to tell you all you want to know about the plot and more. I'm just saying that you should be prepared for a stay-up-too-late night or two.)
Beazezius
I read this on my Kindle and could not put it down...carried it everywhere I went all day yesterday and today so I could read whenever I had a few minutes to wait.

Michael is the voice telling the story of his strange and hard life: a tragedy when he was eight years old rendered him mute, but the details of what happened are not revealed until much later in the book. In his silent world, he develops a remarkable talent for drawing, especially comic book style, as well as an amazing ability to unlock locks of all kinds; but what started out as little more than a parlor trick becomes the source of high drama and adventure. Unsavory characters realize what Michael's talent can do for them, and he becomes embroiled in some nail-biting escapades. Some of the heists in which he participated were among the most dramatic and suspenseful scenes I have ever read...the equal of any movie suspense I can think of. In fact, it would make a great movie. The jumping back and forth between two time periods is an effective tool for maintaining suspense and revealing the plot.

In spite of the unusual circumstances, the author does a fantastic job of developing the characters and making them entirely believable, yet they are not stereotyped and are entirely original and fresh...even the bad guys. Remembering his first days in public high school as a mute, Michael says, "It makes my heart ache, just thinking back on that time in my life. How lonely I was. How out of place I felt every single minute of every day." I could feel it with him.

Michael's seemingly remorseless bad luck is balanced with meeting and falling in love with Amelia, also a talented artist from a dysfunctional family. Their love interjects the hope that redeems the dark parts of the book.
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