lock-artistSteve Hamilton won this year’s Edgar Award for this book.  It’s a win which I wholeheartedly concur with.  A brilliant book.  Mike is 18.  When he was 8 something terrible happened to his parents which traumatised him so much he stopped speaking.  He discovered while living with his uncle that he had an ability with locks.  He could open any lock, whether a safe or a padlock.  The wrong people discovered his ability and have forced him into doing things he really didn’t want to do.  He’s now in jail and is writing down what happened to him, so we learn his story bit by bit, like peeling an onion.  It’s a cracker of a read, with teenage romance and a hero determined to uncover his past, a damaged soul you cheer for .

August 28 2011
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