Compelling from the first sentence, this stand alone thriller by veteran Edgar Award winning author Steve Hamilton grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.
The narrator, Mike, is mute from a childhood trauma that also left him orphaned. As a teenager, Mike discovers he has a decided knack for opening locks, and narrates his tale as he’s ending a term in prison. Blackmailed by his girlfriend’s father, who is in debt to mobsters, Mike is trained as a “boxman” by the mysterious longtime Detroit lock artist known as “The Ghost.” Hamilton creates memorable characters in this intricately plotted, intense novel, and keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Steve Hamilton is the author of the “Alex McKnight” series, set in upper Michigan, and they’re also well worth your time.
I listened to the audio version of The Lock Artist, and reader MacLeod Andrews is very convincing as Mike, with his voice reflecting a combination of both innocence and world weariness. If you’re looking for an exceptional listening experience, give this one a try!
The Lock Artist