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The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton.. This Edgar-winner is a safe-cracking mind tumbler. Combines ye olde prisoner’s narrative with psychologic fizz worthy of Hitch.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"At the start of this offbeat thriller from Edgar-winner Hamilton (A Stolen Season and six other titles in the Alex McKnight PI series), the book's intriguing narrator, Mike (aka the Golden Boy, the Young Ghost, the Lock Artist, etc.), confesses that a traumatic experience at age eight left him unable to speak and that he has been in prison for nine years. His strange odyssey, which hops around in time, takes Mike and his twin talents, art and lock breaking, from his Michigan home to both coasts while in thrall to a mysterious man in Detroit whom he doesn't dare cross. Propelled by an aching desire to recover his voice, Mike has brushes with the law, flirts with romance and makes alliances with criminals, from rank amateurs to consummate professionals. Along the way, Hamilton drops tantalizing clues about Mike's troubled past and his uncertain future."

Publishers Weekly

"The effect is that of a jigsaw, with both [protagonist] Mike and the reader trying to fit the pieces together. There’s a double irony at work: although Mike skirts his trauma, he is always condemned, he tells us, to relive that day. And this master safecracker can’t tumble the locks on his own mind. Intense and involving."


Author bio: Steve Hamilton was born in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the prestigious Avery Hopwood Prize for writing. His first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before going on to win both the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. In 2006, Steve won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. He lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife, Julia, and their two children. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (304 pp. Multifaceted: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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