I first came across Michigan native Hamilton's writing last year, when I read and was impressed by his Edgar Award-winning standalone thriller THE LOCK ARTIST, which features Micheal, a mute young man with a knack for opening any locked door (including high-security safes). As I noted in a review for Good Reading magazine in Australia:
Hamilton spins an intriguing yarn, mixing up the narrative between two major periods in Michael’s life, and between thrills and chills as he goes about his rollercoaster criminal career and an interesting character study of a troubled young man trying to get out from under his tough life, wanting nothing more than a fresh start with a girl he adoresI wasn't aware at the time, but that Edgar Award for THE LOCK ARTIST was actually the second Hamilton had won - putting him in very rare and elite company amongst his crime writing contemporaries, alongside the likes of dual Edgar Award winners James Lee Burke and John Hart.
Hamilton had ealier won the Best First Novel Edgar for his debut A COLD DAY IN PARADISE, which not only introduced the author to the crime fiction audience, but also Alex McKnight, a Detroit cop turned private investigator who would feature in an acclaimed ongoing series over the next few books. Recently, Hamilton brought McKnight back to the page in MISERY BAY, a very enjoyable thriller.
But for now, Hamilton stares down the barrel of 9mm.