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The Lock Artist | [Steve Hamilton]

The Lock Artist

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 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 800 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. That is, 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 or heard in the world of crime fiction.

©2010 Steve Hamilton; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hypnotic...a proven master of suspense moves in a brand new direction - and the result is can't-put-it-down spectacular." (Lee Child)
"I haven't read a book this captivating in a long time. The Lock Artist is gutsy, genuine and, flat out, a great read. You won't be disappointed." (Michael Connelly)

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    Janels 12-15-13
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    "I did not expect this to be this great!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 12-06-13
    shelley Raleigh, NC 12-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story Very Slow"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lock Artist the most enjoyable?

    This has a good story line but is at times excruciatingly slow. For most of this book I almost forgot there was a plot, it seemed to just drag by this person's every day life.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good job with what he had and had I purchased it in writing I don't think I would have finished.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2015

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Short Story Stretched Beyond Ennui"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pat Windsor, CT, United States 05-14-12
    pat Windsor, CT, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lock Artist the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Lock Artist to and why?

    its an original


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    absolutely


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 05-06-12
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Underwhelming"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen 03-18-12
    Pegeen 03-18-12

    reading is pure joy

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    "perfect voice for the character"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 02-25-12
    John NJ, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not bad, but seemed more for a young adults?"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-10-12
    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Ugh. Clumsy and heavy handed."
    What would have made The Lock Artist better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Hamilton again?

    Maybe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More inflection and changes of tone by the reader.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniela Monza, Italy 02-21-10
    Daniela Monza, Italy 02-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A good entertaining, well-read thriller."

    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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-29-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-29-12 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Hard to believe this book won an award."

    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.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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