Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011.
Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2011.
Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for the Best Novel.
A real page-turner that deserves comparison to the likes of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. From prize-winning crime author Steve Hamilton comes the extraordinary story of a safe-cracker trying to unlock the key to his past.
CWA Judges’ comments: 'A beautifully-paced story told from the prison cell and perspective of “The Lock Artist”, who is serving time for the crimes he committed as a safecracker for hire. Hamilton uses a split narrative time-frame to uncover the traumatic childhood background, the long slow acquisition of lock-picking skills, and a boy’s harrowing journey into selfhood and adult responsibility.'
Michael hit the headlines once before, a seven-year-old kid the papers called The Miracle Boy on account of how he survived the terrible incident that took his parents. But although his escape was miraculous, it left him unable to speak. Taunted as a freak, school becomes a fresh nightmare, until Michael discovers he has a special talent that makes people sit up and take notice: he can open locks. But a teenage prank, breaking into the house of a rival school's quarterback, lands him in hot water, and despite his best intentions, Michael soon finds himself on a downward slope that ends with expert instruction on how to open safes. And unless he agrees to put his newfound skills to use, the mob are going to kill the father of the girl he now loves. So begins an extraordinary life of crime - at once terrifying and exhilarating - while all the while, Michael plots how to turn the tables on his employer, win back Amelia, and find the key to unlocking his traumatic childhood memories.
|Publication date:||9th June 2011|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
'Hypnotic...a proven master of suspense moves in a brand new direction - and the result is can't-put-it-down spectacular' Lee Child
Born and raised in the Detroit area, Steve Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is a winner of the prestigious Edgar Award.More About Steve Hamilton