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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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    Sue Martin, TN, United States 09-21-12
    Sue Martin, TN, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Employed by WLJT, a PBS Station, in NW Tennessee, I am the Director of Education and Outreach. I am a wife, a mother of 3, Grandmother of 4

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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 BONITA SPRINGS, FL, United States 08-07-12
    william BONITA SPRINGS, FL, United States 08-07-12
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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.

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    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 06-08-12
    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Sarah Denver, Colorado 05-26-12
    Sarah Denver, Colorado 05-26-12 Member Since 2006

    Avid listener of fiction of all kinds. On constant search for perfect commuting / running audiobook list.

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    "Great listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lock Artist to be better than the print version?

    Duh. That's why I listened to it. (Perfection comes easily to me).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    More seated firmly than edge of the seat. I was interested to see how it played out, and the way it skipped around was interesting. But I wouldn't say it was an edge of my seat, about to fall off sorta story. Rather a genuinely interesting story that I wanted to see out to the end, right then and there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. The walls. The house. Can't say much more or will have to shout out SPOIL ALERT SPOIL ALERT.


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

    Pretty much. See above.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for commuting. Great story. Kept me focused on the book and not the idiots that were driving around me. Great listen! Less road rage. What's not to love?

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    Hollis Fargo, ND, United States 05-25-11
    Hollis Fargo, ND, United States 05-25-11 Member Since 2003
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    This was an excellent book, narrator was good. Each time I had to stop listening I could hardly wait to get back to it.

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    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 06-07-12
    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I am checking for Steve Hamilton every time I shop"

    This was an incredible first try for me. He'll probably get on my Prayer Review list if he keeps going.

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