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The Lock Artist: A Novel

4 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Steve Hamilton

Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2010: Mike Smith is a "boxman." He can open any safe, padlock, or locked door without a combination or a key--a talent that lands him in prison at the age of eighteen. He spends his time writing down the story … see full wiki

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Author: Steve Hamilton
Publisher: Minotaur Books
2 reviews about The Lock Artist: A Novel
review by . May 01, 2010
Mike, the narrator and central character in Steve Hamilton's The Lock Artist, is introduced while serving his ninth year of a ten year prison sentence. You don't know much about why he is in prison other than the fact that the media called him "The Miracle Boy." You also learn that he hasn't spoken a word since he was eight, due to a traumatic event that is not explained until late in the book, but is the reason he is known as "The Miracle Boy."       The …
review by . January 05, 2010
Hamilton structures a quirky and innovative thriller around a young safecracker- or boxman- who has not spoken a word since a traumatic incident in his childhood. Raised in a rundown part of Michigan, Michael, named by the press "The Miracle Boy", finds amusement in opening locks he buys in a neighborhood antique shop. Indulging his love of drawing or spinning the chambers of the locks, Michael develops a unique skill that will prove invaluable to men who seek to exploit his talent. As Michael tells …
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