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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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    Dan Marietta, GA, United States 07-30-11
    Dan Marietta, GA, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "So good."

    One of the stories you get so sucked into that you're sorry to see it end. This was my first Steve HalmiIton book, I hope we see a continuation of the Lock Artist in the future.

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    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 07-18-11
    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Thrilling and fun"

    This is everything I look for in an audiobook. The story is almost flawless, told from a very unique perspective and while amazing, it's entirely credible. It is an action-adventure story with a great deal of warmth and a very sympathetic, deeply troubled 1st person. MacLeod Andrews narration is very good; I was delighted to see his long list of credits as I had never run into him before. His youthful voice perfectly matches the brilliant young narrator of the title.

    My one complaint, and it's terribly minor, is that, while Andrew's voice is almost neutral-accented, he has a strange way of pronouncing the word "pin" so that it sounds like "pen". In Georgia, where I now live, they do the opposite, and many locals have learned to say "ink pen" because even they can't tell the difference between "pen" and "pin". But Andrew's clearly and consistently says "pen" when he means "pin", which is a very, very, very popular word in a novel about a lock picking prodigy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kharis Chicago, IL, United States 07-15-11
    Kharis Chicago, IL, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Locked On"

    This was an amazing book. I'm usually pretty picky. I decided to go out on a limb with this one...Man, I'm happy I did. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I will never look at a lock the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 07-11-11
    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great book great author"

    I think this might be his best book even though I really like his series thumbs up !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 06-06-11
    Sarah United States 06-06-11
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    "Should this really be a mystery read?"

    This book might have a secret, but it's not a mystery and suspense story, it's a novel. The narrator is excellent though and really pulls you into the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kasia 06-05-11
    Kasia 06-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Stellar Narration"

    This book is very good but the narration takes it over the top. The narrator uses inflection and pacing perfectly. I will look for other books by this narrator!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Mount Vernon, WA, USA 03-08-10
    Ken Mount Vernon, WA, USA 03-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Hamilton's Best"

    Steve Hamiliton has written some terrific books, but this isn't one of them. Listen to the Alex McNight Series and you won't be dissapointed. I can't say the same about Lock Artist--the story seemed trite and contrived.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Martin, TN, United States 09-21-12
    Sue Martin, TN, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Keeps you on the edge of your seat!"
    Where does The Lock Artist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. You spend the whole time trying to give advice to the reader. No don't do that, get out of the car, don't talk to those men! Always on the brink of disaster, the main character shows a great propensity for making the wrong decisions that turn out to be the right thing to do. Not so much a "who done it" as a "will he live through it." Lots of bad guys with guns, lots of bad choices, lots of baggage from his childhood. This is an emotionally charged book with many damaged characters who drag you, kicking and screaming, into caring about them.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Awesome reader in actor's clothing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is scary, funny, smart, and causes you to be wildly frustrated with the hero of the book. It is genuinely entertaining.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    william 08-07-12
    william 08-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I ENJOYED MY FIRST BOOK BY HAMILTON"

    I would buy it again. It was worth it. Many of my reviews do not make it to the website because if a book is bad I say it's bad. This is a decent book, worth buying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 06-08-12
    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A new kind of hero"

    Edgar-winner Steve Hamilton shows why he's a decorated author in this great book about a kid with a distinct disability and fascinating gift. The protagonist, who is also the narrator, is an incarcerated 18-year-old who hasn't been able to speak in years. What he has been able to do, though, is unlock any door and break into any safe. The Lock Artist is the story of his life, and it's a fascinating one indeed. The strangeness of the main character is what really drives the story, and he gets himself into all kinds of interesting situations, from performing at an alcohol-fueled football party to a dangerous heist at sea. The story moves rapidly and never lets up. There's even a little teenage romance thrown in for good measure. There's some language, which narrator MacLeod Andrews belts out in the various characters' accents enthusiastically, but it fits the tone of the story. Note that although the primary character is a teenager, this is absolutely not a YA book. There is some dark material in here that is clearly aimed at adults. It's a surprisingly thoughtful crime book, written from the perspective of a very unusual criminal. Great story with great narration--highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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