The Lock Artist is by Steve Hamilton. Michael can't speak due to a horrendous family tragedy that occurred when he was eight. He does discover he has a special talent though, he can open any lock. Through a high school prank his talent comes to the attention of the wrong people and Michael, now eighteen, finds himself trapped in a life he never wanted. Micheal tells his story in a series of flashbacks that are easy to follow and are totally engrossing. I didn't expect to enjoy this book, but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read this year.
Ratings: Adult - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).