Synopses & Reviews
At the age of eight, Michael survives an act of violence so horrific that the local press dubs him a oeThe Miracle Boy.a An orphan now, and no longer able to speak, Michael soon discovers the one thing he can do better than anyone else. Whether ita (TM)s a locked door with no key, a padlock with no combination, or even an 800-pound safea ]Michael can open them all.
It doesna (TM)t take long for him to become a hot commodity, and the best a oeboxmana in the business. But like any valuable commodity, there are people who will do whatever it takes to own him. And once they see what Michael can really do, theya (TM)re not about to let him walk away.
Traveling all across the country, always on the runa ] If therea (TM)s a heist in the works and a group of criminals with the right phone number, then Michael is their man. And he is always successful. Always. Until one day, when a seemingly simple job turns into a nightmare, and everything falls apart. With nothing left to lose, he decides to go back home to find the only person he ever loved. And to finally face his bigger secret a the secret that has kept him silent for all these years.
Best-known for his Edgar-and Shamus-winning Alex McKnight series, Steve Hamilton delivers a knockout standalone that will bowl over both his diehard fans and anyone looking for a bold, one-of-a-kind thriller.
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 closer 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.