The Lock­picker

Leonard Chang

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Black Heron Press Soft­cover $16.95 (365pp) 978-1-936364-18-3

In­tri­cate de­tails make this heist-cen­tered crime story lit­er­ary and mem­o­rable.

Leonard Chang’s novel The Lock­picker is a bit of a hy­brid—a pulp crime novel that also be­comes a story about the ef­fects of a vi­o­lent up­bring­ing on an adult’s choices. En­ter­tain­ing and with a well-paced lit­er­ary style, this sim­ple crime story be­comes some­thing more mem­o­rable.

Jake Ahn is a pro­fes­sional jewel thief who has to flee his home in Seat­tle af­ter a rob­bery goes bad. His part­ner tries to burn him, and he leaves that new part­ner for dead in a dump­ster. With­out any­where else to go, Jake pays

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