After singing its praises all year long, the folks at the Mystery Writers banquet in New York City finally heaped the ultimate praise on Steve Hamilton’s The Lock Artist. This phenomenal book is the 2011 Edgar Award winner for Best Novel. The Edgar Allan Poe Award is the most highly prized award in the U.S. and awarded every April by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA).
When all the lists of the top 2010 crime novels were published in December, The Mystery Bookshelf was one of the few who had The Lock Artist at the very top. Congratulations to Steve Hamilton! His latest Alex McKnight novel, Misery Bay, will be released June 7th in the US.
Michael is no ordinary young man. Mute since a childhood tragedy, at age eighteen he discovers that he possesses a skill he would never have expected. 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 a talent that will make Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people, and whether he likes it or not, push him closer to a life of crime. Until one day, when he finally sees his chance to escape, and decides to risk everything to return 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