"The Lock Artist" will keep you spellbound. Here Steve Hamilton creates a character about whom we care, then puts him into an impossible situation. You will enjoy watching how young Mike works his way through this predicament, while maintaining his integrity. Mr. Hamilton employs deft writing skills to define multi-dimensional characters and to envision the world through which they move. MacLeod Andrews does a magnificent job narrating this novel, creating unique voices for all of the characters, so that we can easily distinguish who is talking. Even if Mr. Hamilton hadn't crafted such an intriguing plot, I would still recommend "The Lock Artist" in audio, just so you could hear a master actor at work. If you don't mind being kept up late at night ??? to find out what happens next ??? buy "The Lock Artist."
The book's name is a double-entendre, and it is a fascinating evolution of a boy from childhood trauma to young adult. He cannot speak as a result of the horrible trauma, yet eloquently narrates his thoughts as though they were his articulate speech. When you finally learn of the trauma sustained, the irony of what he does and why he doesn't speak is all the more ironic. It is an absolutely fascinating listen that I would not have experienced had it not been a "bargain" book. I now would suggest that you willingly give up a credit for this intriguing personal and "professional" study of this lock artist.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Cute premise that had neither characters or plot sufficient to carry an entire novel. There is a decided evenness, a lack of peaks and valleys of tension and relief with a main story driving the thing forward. Even the gimmick of the (obviously) traumatized kid unable to speak was not used to full advantage.
Mischaracterized as a 'novel', it is a short story of moderate interest.
Original story. Excellent writing. Superb characters by narrator. Non-stop entertainment. Hard to categorize. A coming of age story about a rebellious young man who survived a traumatic childhood event. Scary characters, but not too gory. No gratuitous sex. Not psychotic. I loved it.
its an original
I looked forward to listening to this but found it rather underwhelming overall. Narration was flat and the story was not all that fast moving or interesting. I did make it all the way through, but probably wouldn't seek out any other titles from this author.
Yes this story won the Edgar for 2011 but what is really outstanding is the narrator in this audible version -- perfectly conveys the interior monologue of the mute young man at the center of this novel. the timeline runs from both ends toward a median revelation and resolution. But i found it perfectly clear as each switch comes with the dates announced. easy to track . The metaphor of "unlocking" hearts, minds, and of course locks, is used deftly throughout.
The story had some interesting plot lines, and have to agree with the reviewers that said the info about lock-picking was pretty interesting, but the story just had this feeling that it was for a younger audience... (maybe for those under 25?). The main character is young and many of his insights seem the same. I'm not sure, but i think the narrators voice also seemed young which contributed to that... Anyway, I guess i'm luke-warm on this one. Not sorry i read it, but not sure i'd recommend it to others.
I'm quitting this half-way through as I find the writing boring and pedestrian. Its written in a heavy, flat-footed style with obvious plot mechanics. I also find the reader to be one-noted and heavy handed.
More inflection and changes of tone by the reader.
Hamilton did it right once again! The story is powerful, the plot keeps you hooked. The main character, Mike, became mute after he suffered a terrible (and mysterious) event when he was 8 years old. After that he had to struggle to have a 'normal' life. But 'normal' is no word for him. Plus, he has a mysterious gift. He 'feels' locks.
You are going to love him, I promise.
Good language, very few bad words, a lot of action, psicology.
And (very important) the actor does a very good job.
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Listening to this book is puzzling. It is simply not enjoyable. The trick of having the protagonist not speak is just that, a trick. Having him be an essentially unlikable criminal only makes matters worse. And, the fact that everyone else in the book is likewise a lowlife criminal makes one wonder what kind of person would enjoy this book. The narration does not improve the material. I have listened to books in this genre for decades (although not a one of them with a lock picker as the main character), and I will not take a chance on any other works by this author. The fact that the book got a lot of attention smells to me like the New York publishing houses thought they had found a brand new gimmick that they could make a major push to publicize, something like Jonathan Franzen (is there any single writer more self-absorbed and boring?). These folks are able to foist on the reading public a number of passing fads, literary hula hoops which are bought because of the press and soon cast aside and forgotten. Don't waste your time on this, no matter how many awards it gets. The NYC publishing community is counting on readers to be sheep. Let's not.