Steve Hamilton, THE LOCK ARTIST
Sometimes famous and well-respected writers manage to slip beneath my radar, and such is the case with Steve Hamilton. An Edgar Award winner for his Alex McKnight series, I hadn’t heard of him until a fellow writer told me I just had to read him.
I started with THE LOCK ARTIST which is a sort of coming of age novel about Mike, who undergoes tragedy as a young boy and as a result never speaks. Discovering a natural talent for opening locks, he is forced into a life of crime, all the time hoping to escape and return to the girl he loves. A wonderful book, this won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
I intend to read some more Steve Hamilton and highly recommend that you give him a try.