The Lock Artist

The Lock Artist

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The Lock Artist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is told with a number of flashbacks about a young man who learns to open all kinds of locks and safes. There is some horrible event in his past that took away his ability to speak. As he learns about more complicated locks and is sucked into crime, he meets a young woman and fall in love. Between mistakes by his criminal employers and a persistent FBI agent following him, it is in doubt if he will have a chance to understand his past and build a relationship with the young woman. Described this way, it sounds like a mixed up plot, but Hamilton makes it work well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected. I hate to provide too much detail about what I enjoyed because there's always uncertainty in a good story's narrative arc and you don't want to ruin the next readers sense of suspense. I read between 10-15 novels/year and this is my favorite over the past 18 months.
mgolden More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I grew to love. I thought it was a bit slow in the beginning, not really catching my attention but after I hit a certain point I had to know what happens next: How he ended up where he did, what horrible event caused him to never speak again and of course everything Amelia! The book kept me guessing. I thought I figured it out and where it was going but I was so very wrong. I was revoltingly pleased with the ending. The author played with my emotions on this one. Well written, great read. I recommend to all.
BKR53 More than 1 year ago
A childhood trauma, central to the story in all ways, keeps the the pages turning just as fast as you can read them. I'm usually apprehensive when it comes to reading stand-alone novels by an author of a critically acclaimed series, especially one I enjoy so much. In this case the Alex Mcknight stories. But no worries here, as Steve Hamilton has written an altogether original and engaging book about a young man trying to find his way in life. The trials and travails the protagonist Michael endures would daunt most, yet he faces them without the ability to speak a single word, a condition caused by the tragedy of his childhood. There are thugs and evil-doers who all want a piece of michael by way of coercing his almost magical talents of picking locks and cracking safes. His only weapons against these people are his love of a young woman and his natural gift of drawing. On the surface,the circumstances of the story The Lock Artist sound a bit odd, but in reality they only serve to demonstrate Mr. Hamilton's talent as he has seamlessly woven together a believable and captivating tale that's hard to put down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although he is silent and has been mute since a traumatic incident back in 1990 when he was eight, Mike Smith has become the "Golden Boy" box man as he can open any safe. He realized his skill as a proficient box man when he was seventeen years old. Since his ability as the Lock Artist of choice he has been in demand by criminals who need his talent. Mike has spent nine years in prison for his artistic safe breaking skills. However even as his prime client in Detroit must never be angered or else, Mike meets and falls in love with Amelia. A throwback to a gentler romantic time, Mike vows to keep his beloved safe from perils he imagines that lead him into a deadly multimillion-dollar con that requires him to escape a locked box murder. As Alex McKnight takes a winter's break, fans will enjoy Mike Smith's biographical fictional mystery; as he relates his tale to an enthralled audience. The story line is fast-paced especially after Mike moves past lock breaking 101 and 102 as the antihero begins to get into deep trouble with his mob peers after falling in love. Fans will relish his escapades as ironically he must extract himself from a locked "box" mystery. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention. Sorry to see it and.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, different than anything I've read. Hope to hear more from this character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just, wow. One of the more singular characters I can remember. Excellent job of weaving back story and current thoughts. Well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Unusual story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading just to enjoy how well the author can put himself in the head of a boxman who lacks the ability to speak. I started this with no expectations and was more than pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique and smart story. Not his recurring character but a compelling and original main character nonetheless. If you're a fan of SH, you'll like it.
joanneAZ More than 1 year ago
not one of steve hamilton's best....could not get into it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention. Easy reader and a memorable character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazong. Keeps you hooked
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first it was a little slow, but as soon as the first job, i couldn't put the book down. I love how interesting Mike is; how he is a selective mute. This adds so much curiosity to the plot. It's mainly a "Guy's Book" but i feel some women would enjoy as well. Some parts made my jaw drop and other parts had my eyes glued to the paper. GREAT READ! Thanks, BP 
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
I didn't find that this was one of my favorite reads, however, it wasn't the worst that I've ever read either. I felt like the story was a little long and drawn out and believe that a lot of it could have been omitted and still not take anything away from the story. Had that been the case, I may have enjoyed it a little more. I usually don't mind the story jumping back and forth through time, but for some reason, I found it slightly difficult to follow with The Lock Artist. For as much story that was there, I still felt like I didn't know enough. I did enjoy the story coming from Michael's perspective, but didn't care for the drastic jumps in time. Sometimes it was difficult to tell what part of Michael's life he was talking about and for it to make sense with everything else that has happened.  There were not many likable characters, if any in this story. I find it hard to even want to follow the characters if you have difficulty enjoying reading about them, which ended up being the case with most of this book's characters. I don't feel like we weren't educated enough on Michael to feel like you could have a relationship with his character. I felt like there were many things left to the imagination. I do feel like Michael was a unique character, but I found myself easily getting aggravated with him! I just feel like the story never really truly connected with Michael, the main character and I just could not feel like I was invested with the story or characters. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It's been a long time since I've read something that demands I read more instead of leaving it with my stack of other half-read books. There is a lot of violence/foul language, but I was easily able to look past it and it didn't interfere at all with my enjoyment of my book, contrary to other reviewers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with another review on this book, it was good jowever the profanity, cussing, and gore i however do not think was neccessary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't believe how good of a book this was until I read it! I've never read anything that had so much feeling and intensity than "The Lock Artist"!! Great job Steve Hamilton!