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The Lock Artist
by Steve Hamilton

PBR Review ďThe Lock ArtistĒ is one of the more original mysteries Iíve read recently. I quickly found myself totally immersed in Michaelís life. He may be a criminal, but he is very easy to sympathize with - which I believe is largely due to his strong inner conscience. He sometimes ignores this voice in his head, but itís a trait that makes him very human and a bad guy that you want to root for. There are actually two mysteries converging in this novel - Michaelís fascinating back-story showing how his present situation evolved and how his current predicament plays out. This psychological tug of war trumps the actual crimes taking place in the story. There is also a touching thread as Michael falls in love and attempts to communicate with his girlfriend. They are both artistic and since he is mute, their love notes take the form of a graphic comic book, very original and engaging. In short Ė a great mystery that will appeal to anyone who enjoys complex characters and crime fiction and a good storyBack.
Talking Points: This is a mystery, but more than that it's an incredible story about a young man who survived a terrible tragedy as a child. It opens up discussion on the effects of trauma to a child and the redemptive quality of love. You won't be able to stop thinking about the original voice the author gives to the main character. This is a fun, entertaining read packed with suspense and originality.
PBR Reader Comments:
This is a very unusual mystery. The storyline is original with wonderful, realistic dialog and interaction between characters. Itís crime fiction but the mystery is really all about discovering the reason the main character is mute and how he ended up in jail. Itís all written and presented in a very imaginative and creative manner. Winner of several awards including The Barry Award and the Edgar Award.
by-Linda-PBR 2011/10/24, 06:41 PM

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