Steve Hamilton's Edgar-winning novel - now in paperback!
WINNER OF THE 2011 EDGAR AWARD!
"Hypnotic ... A proven master of suspense moves in a
brand new direction - and the result is can't-put-it-down spectacular."
was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The
Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That
was all me.
Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it’s a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an 800-pound safe… he can open them all.
It’s an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever closer to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.
Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning
Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character unlike anyone
you’ve ever seen in the world of crime fiction.
start of this offbeat thriller from Edgar-winner Hamilton (A Stolen
Season and six other titles in the Alex McKnight PI series), the book's
intriguing narrator, Mike (aka the Golden Boy, the Young Ghost, the Lock
Artist, etc.), confesses that a traumatic experience at age eight left
him unable to speak and that he has been in prison for nine years. His
strange odyssey, which hops around in time, takes Mike and his twin
talents, art and lock breaking, from his Michigan home to both coasts
while in thrall to a mysterious man in Detroit whom he doesn't dare
cross. Propelled by an aching desire to recover his voice, Mike has
brushes with the law, flirts with romance and makes alliances with
criminals, from rank amateurs to consummate professionals. Along the
way, Hamilton drops tantalizing clues about Mike's troubled past and his
uncertain future. Readers will hope to hear more from Mike.