The Lock Artist Book
Score: 3.5
From 69 Ratings

The Lock Artist


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2010-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429983440

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The Lock Artist Excerpt :

"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me. But you can call me Mike." 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. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen in the world of crime fiction. The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

The Lock Artist Book
Score: 3.5
From 36 Ratings

The Lock Artist


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2010-07-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409106975

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The Lock Artist Excerpt :

Prize-winning crime author Steve Hamilton's hugely commercial mainstream breakout tells the extraordinary story of a safe-cracker trying to unlock the key to his past. Michael hit the headlines once before, a seven-year-old kid the papers called The Miracle Boy on account of how he survived the terrible incident that took his parents. But although his escape was miraculous, it left him unable to speak. Taunted as a freak, school becomes a fresh nightmare, until Michael discovers he has a special talent that makes people sit up and take notice: he can open locks. But a teenage prank, breaking into the house of a rival school's quarterback, lands him in hot water, and despite his best intentions, Michael soon finds himself on a downward slope that ends with expert instruction on how to open safes. And unless he agrees to put his newfound skills to use, the mob are going to kill the father of the girl he now loves. So begins an extraordinary life of crime - at once terrifying and exhilarating - while all the while, Michael plots how to turn the tables on his employer, win back Amelia, and find the key to unlocking his traumatic childhood memories.

The Lock Artist Book
Score: 3.5
From 36 Ratings

The Lock Artist


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2011-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0312696957

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The Lock Artist Excerpt :

"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me. But you can call me Mike." 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. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen in the world of crime fiction. The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

The Second Life of Nick Mason Book
Score: 3.5
From 184 Ratings

The Second Life of Nick Mason


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-05-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399574337

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The Second Life of Nick Mason Excerpt :

An NPR and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Library Journal Best Thriller of the Year “A gamechanger. Nick Mason is one of the best main characters I've read in years.”—Harlan Coben From New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free. Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early. He accepts—but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He’s returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It’s the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double-life term who runs an empire from his prison cell. Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything—his family, his sanity, and even his life—to finally break free.

The Lock Artist Book
Score: 3.5
From 36 Ratings

The Lock Artist


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2010-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 0312380429

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The Lock Artist Excerpt :

"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me. But you can call me Mike." 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. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen in the world of crime fiction. The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Misery Bay Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Misery Bay


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2011-06-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1429921056

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Misery Bay Excerpt :

On a frozen January night, a young man hangs himself in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay. Alex McKnight does not know this young man, and he won't even hear about the suicide until two months later, when the last person Alex would ever expect comes to him for help. What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence and bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless and methodical killer. McKnight knows all about evil. Mobsters, drug dealers, hit men—he's seen them all, and they've taken away almost everything he's ever loved. But none of them could have ever prepared him for the darkness he's about to face. A New York Times bestseller, Michigan Notable Book, and Boston Globe Best Crime Book of the Year, Steve Hamilton's Misery Bay marks the return of one of crime fiction's most critically acclaimed series.

A Stolen Season Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

A Stolen Season


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2007-08-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429958660

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A Stolen Season Excerpt :

Edgar Award–winner Steve Hamilton takes his acclaimed series to new heights in A Stolen Season. If you thought you knew Alex McKnight and how far he'll go for the people he cares about . . . think again. On a freezing night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldn't feel so unusual if it weren't the Fourth of July, a boat plows full speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow water of Waishkey Bay. After Alex helps rescue the passengers, he figures he'll never see them again. He couldn't be more wrong. The men he saved are connected to a deadly drug-smuggling syndicate and it's up to Alex to do damage control—and protect the woman he loves—before the cycle of violence comes around full circle.

Riddle Island Book

Riddle Island


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-02-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781094144481

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Riddle Island Excerpt :

On the afternoon of July 30, 1975, former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa left the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, never to be seen again. Over two hundred FBI agents have been working the case in the forty-four years since that day—digging up end zones, driveways, hay fields, and horse farms—and yet Hoffa’s body has never been found. In this story by two-time Edgar Award–winning, New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton, Alex McKnight—the former Detroit cop and protagonist of eleven critically acclaimed novels that have sold over a million copies—is sitting at the rail in the Glasgow Inn when a local old-timer tells him an unusual story. It’s the kind of small-town mystery that won’t let Alex sleep at night, but when he goes hunting for answers, he stumbles upon the biggest surprise of his life. Forty-four years later, the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa is still the most notorious open case in American crime history ... And Alex McKnight is about to solve it.

North of Nowhere Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

North of Nowhere


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429905107

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North of Nowhere Excerpt :

"I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I'm ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan."—James Patterson New York Times Bestselling Author of Die a Stranger Steve Hamilton's novels have won the mystery world's most prestigious awards. Now, in North of Nowhere, he returns to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where former Detroit cop Alex McKnight has learned that wherever money goes, envy isn't far behind. After a game of cards turns into a professional heist, Alex McKnight finds himself lying facedown on the floor with a gun to the back of his head. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of the police chief's lead suspects. Worse, one of the other card players has the same idea, and he has no qualms about exercising some vigilante justice of his own. Now, Alex knows he is the only one who can uncover the truth. But he's about to discover how dark this conspiracy truly is—or how close to guilt he actually stands. . . .

Exit Strategy Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Exit Strategy


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-05-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399574399

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Exit Strategy Excerpt :

In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life, as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission... Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find them—they’re ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified “deep black” locations by an battalion of heavily armed U.S. marshals charged with protecting them—and the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man. As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself. In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

Winter of the Wolf Moon Book
Score: 3.5
From 14 Ratings

Winter of the Wolf Moon


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2007-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1429905085

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Winter of the Wolf Moon Excerpt :

Steve Hamilton's novels starring ex-cop and sometime-P.I. Alex McKnight have won multiple awards and appeared on bestseller lists nationwide. And when you start reading Winter of the Wolf Moon, you will instantly understand why. . . When a young woman from the Ojibwa tribe asks McKnight for shelter from her violent boyfriend, McKnight agrees. But after letting her stay in one of his cabins, he finds her gone the next morning. His search for her brings on a host of suspects, bruising encounters, and a thickening web of crime, all obscured by the relentless whiplash of brutal snowstorms. From the secret world of the Ojibwa reservation to the Canadian border and deep into the silent woods, someone is out to kill—and McKnight is heading right into the line of fire.

Let It Burn Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Let It Burn


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2013-08-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409140795

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Let It Burn Excerpt :

The brilliant new thriller from the author of the EDGAR AWARD-winning THE LOCK ARTIST. Half a lifetime ago, Alex McKnight was a young cop in Detroit. Now he's an occasional private eye up in Paradise, Michigan, and trying hard to put the past behind him. Then he gets the call that every cop dreads: a killer he helped put behind bars is getting released, and he might just have payback on his mind. Suddenly the years fall away, and in his mind Alex is back in that hot summer in Detroit, hunting the brutal murderer of a young woman. The problem is, something about the case no longer makes sense, and Alex feels compelled to retrace the steps that led to the arrest and conviction of Darryl King. But it's not just the case that looks different: returning to Detroit, Alex finds a city that is almost unrecognizable from the one he left, a city that is quite literally dying on its feet, where crime and decay hold sway, and law and order are in retreat. And as Alex searches for the truth among the shadows of the past, he discovers a story more shocking than the one he thought he knew and a danger more threatening than an ex-con looking for revenge.

Die a Stranger Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Die a Stranger


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2012-07-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250013194

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Die a Stranger Excerpt :

The New York Times Bestseller Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning. And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing. Vinnie is a member of the Ojibwa Indian tribe and he just might be Alex McKnight's best friend. So Alex can't help but be worried when he disappears. There's a deadly crime war creeping into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Alex never would have thought that his friend could be involved. But after an unexpected stranger arrives in town, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined. The latest in Steve Hamilton's Edgar Award–winning series, Die a Stranger just might be his boldest book yet.

The Hunting Wind Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Hunting Wind


  • Author : Steve Hamilton
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2002-04-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1429905093

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The Hunting Wind Excerpt :

Before he became a private investigator, before he served in the Detroit police, and long before he retreated to the wintry reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight played ball in the minor leagues. He doesn't spend much time thinking about those days, at least not until a former teammate comes looking for him. . . . The man's here to ask a favor. He wants Alex to help him find the woman with whom he had a brief, passionate affair three decades ago. Who is Alex to deny his friend a chance to ward off a classic midlife chill by rekindling an old flame? But as the search deepens, McKnight begins to suspect that he hasn't been told the full story. And there might just be a reason why this mysterious woman is so hard to find. The Hunting Wind continues Steve Hamilton's award-winning and New York Times-bestselling Alex McKnight series.

Jalani and the Lock Book

Jalani and the Lock


  • Author : Lorenzo Pace
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • Release Date : 2015-01-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 9781477792803

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Jalani and the Lock Excerpt :

In this story based on true events, Jalani, a freed slave, gives the lock that held him in chains to his eldest child as a symbol of his enslavement. Includes information about African Burial Ground Memorial Sculpture in New York City created by Jalani's descendent, Lorenzo Pace.