The Writers Read website asked me what I’m reading. One of the books I mentioned was The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. Since writing the piece, Hamilton won the Edgar Award for best novel from the Mystery Writers of America. Here’s what I said about Hamilton and The Lock Artist:
In the category of reading for pure pleasure, I’m presently enjoying The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. I’m loyal to Hamilton because his Alex McKnight mystery series, set in my home state of Michigan, is so good. The Lock Artist features a different protagonist (a young safecracker who is also mute) and mostly non-Michigan settings. The plot works well but ultimately the book is driven by its leading character and his strange condition. Also, I met Hamilton last summer at a bookstore in Traverse City and had him sign my copy. I want to finish it before his next McKnight novel, Misery Bay, comes out in June.
Below is the cover of the Australian edition of The Lock Artist. The title of the book is engraved on the lock. It’s tough to read. But it’s a nice cover.