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The Lock Artist (Platinum Mystery Series)
The Lock Artist - Platinum Mystery Series Author:Steve Hamilton "I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me.But you can call me Mike." Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in te... more »n 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 and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. 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 in the world of crime fiction.« less
So many books are so heavily hyped that I get almost reluctant to read them, fearing disappointment. Steve Hamiltion had never disappointed yet, so gave this stand alone novel a chance. Reader reactions might vary to the constantly changing timeline as the narrator and lead character moves through the tale, telling his history by weaving different times and events together.
Quirky, fresh, and beautifully written, The Lock Artist is both powerful and adsorbing, succeeding on several levels. It's about what happens in a few years, yet it is almost a lifetime. A strange, and touching romance plays out in what initially seems a minor key, as Michael, survivor of the ultimate childhood trauma, goes silently through life, bonding with only a few a people, a friend who deserts him, and a girl Amelia. His great gift, besides art, is being able to open locks - all locks. Yet the one lock that he cannot open, is the self imposed one on his own voice. Justifiably an award winner.
The style takes some getting used to, though the author does warn that. I became so adsorbed, I forgot about it and just enjoyed a beautifully crafted, highly original book.
Hamilton's books are well written. His writing makes you believe the characters are real and you begin to care about what happens to them. This is a can't put-it-down page turner that will have you staying up late just to finish the book.