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The Lock Artist

A Novel

by Steve Hamilton

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2010
    320 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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At the age of eight, Michael survives an act of violence so horrific that the local press dubs him "The Miracle Boy." An orphan now, and no longer able to speak, Michael soon discovers the one thing he can do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door with no key, a padlock with no combination, or even an 800-pound safe…Michael can open them all.

It doesn't take long for him to become a hot commodity, and the best "boxman" in the business. But like any valuable commodity, there are people who will do whatever it takes to own him. And once they see what Michael can really do, they're not about to let him walk away.

Traveling all across the country, always on the run… If there's a heist in the works and a group of criminals with the right phone number, then Michael is their man. And he is always successful. Always. Until one day, when a seemingly simple job turns into a nightmare, and everything falls apart. With nothing left to lose, he decides to go back home to find the only person he ever loved. And to finally face his bigger secret – the secret that has kept him silent for all these years.

Best-known for his Edgar - and Shamus - winning Alex McKnight series, Steve Hamilton delivers a knockout standalone that will bowl over both his diehard fans and anyone looking for a bold, one-of-a-kind thriller.

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"[An] offbeat thriller ...readers will hope to hear more from Mike." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers may tire of lock lore a bit earlier than Hamilton, but sharp prose and a strong cast should keep them in line." - Kirkus Reviews

"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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Varna Salunke

An Amazing Thriller.
This book takes a twist every page with chilling curiosity running down your spine. Its a Un-put-down-able Book which keeps you busy until you live Michael's life with him in his words.....

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Steve Hamilton Author Biography

Steve Hamilton is one of the most critically acclaimed writers in the world. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he's put two recent titles on the New York Times bestseller list. He's either won or received multiple nominations for virtually every other crime fiction award in the business, from the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award to the Anthony to the Barry to the Gumshoe. But it was his standalone The Lock Artist that made publishing history, the first book ever to win an Edgar for Best Novel in America, a CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in the UK, and an Alex Award which is given out by the American Library Association to those books that successfully cross over from the adult market and appeal to young adult readers. The Lock Artist has...

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