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January 19, 2011 / C.T. Henry

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton Nominated for Edgar Award

My favorite book of 2010, Steve Hamilton’s The Lock Artist, was nominated today for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.  This book is special, and I’m glad that the Mystery Writers of America agree with me.  Vastly superior to all his other novels, Steve Hamilton has created one of the best characters in the genre.


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 eight-hundred 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 close 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.

Other nominees for Best Novel included:
Caught, by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place, by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong, by Timothy Hallinan
I’d Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman

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