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The Lock Artist
The Lock Artist
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312696955
ISBN-10: 0312696957
Publication Date: 3/1/2011
Pages: 352
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
officerripley avatar reviewed The Lock Artist on + 258 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Great book! I don't usually like crime fiction that much; but this book is fantastic, couldn't put it down!
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Helpful Score: 2
A fascinating revalation of the science of locks. The chapters switch alternately between dates, so you have to be alert.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Kept me interested til the end
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