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The Lock Artist: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 5, 2010
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Hamilton sets his protagonist among the criminal element that exists in the underbelly of every city, the boy a talented boxman who does each job required with professional detachment and no worry of turning on his partners in crime. Considering his background and environment, Michael is a moral, conscientious young man caught in a world not of his making but requiring innate intelligence to survive. Part love story, part thriller, Michael flirts with the wrong side of the law, but only because he has no options. Hamilton builds Michael's predicament like a fortress against freedom, the opportunities for flight few and dangerous.Read more ›
The book covers how he learned how to break into just about anything, and why he simply cannot walk away from doing it. It's far deeper than just a story of locks and safes and how to crack them. It also makes you realize how extremely difficult it would be to not speak for any length of time, let alone ten years. When I began the book I was dubious that Mr. Hamilton was going to be able pull off having a silent main character, but the way he approaches it is simply poetic.
There were some points in the book where I felt the detail of him opening yet another lock were repetitive and I glazed over a bit when reading those sections. This is the only reason that I did not give the book five stars. But all in all, the book includes interesting characters, a great plotline, and a little humor mixed in. I've never read a book by this author before, but I will definitely seek out others, especially since according to another reviewer his other books are much better. I am having difficulty imagining that, but I'll give the others a try for sure now.
Presented as the reflections of a 26 year-old Michael who has landed in jail and is contemplating the life that got him there, The Lock Artist is told in chapters that alternate between the distant past that set him on the path to becoming a safecracker and the job gone awry that led to his incarceration. The two narratives unfold on slowly converging paths before ultimately colliding in a final reveal of the shocking night of events that stole both Michael's parents and his voice from him.
Initially you may not think the technical details of lock picking and safe cracking would be that interesting, but Hamilton presents the process in such vivid, fascinating detail it makes Michael's discovery of his talents come alive. By the time you finish The Lock Artist Hamilton will have you so engrossed in the process of how locks work you'll be digging out your old gym padlock, convinced you can open it by feel.
Part part crime caper, part coming of age story, The Lock Artist is truly something special. It's a testament to Hamilton's command of storytelling that he has created in Michael, a man who doesn't speak, one of the most unique voices in recent crime fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He said he would tell us why he lost his voice but he never did, did he? Otherwise a confusing mish mash of events I followed for the most part. Read morePublished 18 days ago by PrimeYogi Customer
Great summer read. Hamilton has a great quick pace, keeps the plot moving along very well.Published 23 days ago by DIY'R
I'm a fan of crime caper novels, like those by Donald Westlake, but instead found myself reading a YA novel with unbelievable characters. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Andrew Davison
While he is locked up, Mike says he might as well tell us everything. He must write it down because he cannot speak. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Janensch
Steve Hamilton is my new favorite living crime writer. I literally couldn't put this book down. Not as tightly written as, say, an Elmore Leonard book, but still a fun read.Published 1 month ago by Robert C. Eddy
As thrillers go, it isn't often you meet a narrator as unique as Michael, who narrates the story from his jail cell. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Bilmes
I almost agree with all the reviewers who gave this book 5 stars. There is a five star book here but unfortunately the author went to a lot of trouble to cut the narration into... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James A. McMahon
Really like the main character. Fun book, interesting. Would buy more if it is a seriesPublished 2 months ago by Michael Sannes