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Winter Of The Wolf Moon (Alex McKnight #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,691 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Ex-cop and sometime-P.I. Alex McKnight endures the bitter winter of Michigan s Upper Peninsula in his log cabin with warm fires and cold Molsons. When Dorothy Parrish, a young Ojibwa woman, asks him for shelter from her violent boyfriend, McKnight agrees. But after secreting her in one of his cabins, he finds her gone the next morning. McKnight suspects vicious, hockey-pla ...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2000)
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Oct 26, 2016 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

A nice easy mystery set in an isolated wintery location that doesn't test the brain but is satisfying nonetheless.

This is the second novel in this series and whilst it had been about a year since I read the first novel things come back quiet quickly. The main character is an ex-cop who gets caught up in trouble. With a woman taken from one of his cabins he feels a sense of duty to locate her however tricky this may be. This leads to beatings, drug dealing ice hockey players and stereotypica
Hamilton sure is tough on his main characters. It was a pretty good story, but the writing wasn't as tight as I would have liked. There were some pretty long sections of self-absorption by the MC & everyone was rather dense. I didn't care for some of the character interactions, either. There were certain attitudes & dialogue that was poorly crafted to elicit certain responses. They just didn't feel real. Only a couple were really bad, but a few more were certainly noticeable.

Great setti
Jun 01, 2015 Monnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much did I enjoy the first book in the Alex McKnight series - A Cold Day in Paradise - that I just couldn't wait to start this one, the second. But while I enjoyed it enough to give it a 4-star rating, I have to say that if I were to be super-honest, it's probably closer to a 3.5; it just didn't quite measure up to its predecessor.

Mostly, I think, that's because the story just didn't excite me very much. Yes, former cop McKnight still lives in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan - one of m
Mar 20, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had really liked Misery Bay (#8 in this series) by this author and thought I'd like this earlier entry in the series. Unfortunately, this book was less polished. The characters didn't seemed as well developed as they'd been in that later book, and the plot wasn't all that interesting. I got a little over half way through before I decided to abandon it. I might try a later book (after #8) by this author, but it'll be from the library. Too bad.
Mary Sue
Feb 13, 2013 Mary Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series and I have high hopes for those that follow. This one is as good or better than the first. Our hero, Alex McKnight experiences fifty shades of cold in the book. It opens at a hockey game that Alex, at age 48, was promised would be a non-checking game. The cold continues with the relentless falling of snow in the Upper Penninsula. Alex plows, and plows, and wades through drifts and crawls under buildings, visits an ice fisherman's shanty and makes an unbeliev ...more
John Caviglia
Just discovered Hamilton, and inhaled his first two McKnights. They're both well written in their own way, but this is the one I liked more. As one who cut his hard-boiled-detective-fiction teeth on the likes of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, I must confess that at this stage in my life it has become a plus for me when detectives leave LA to lead their violent fictional lives elsewhere, and this one left Detroit for something next to utter wilderness. You may feel differently, yet I really ...more
Cautionary note: this review was written after reading the first novel in this series. Series reviews are fickled, unpredictable, and sometimes downright wrong if you base the entire series review on just the first puzzled bite. Maybe the cold weather outside's is making me grumpy, or I just don't wanna go all the way downtown to work, or maybe I just don't feel like pouring honey over my cereal. Whatever!

Not that this isn't a good read. I finished it in record time. Frowning for an acceptable
Jul 30, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started this series, and look forward to more Alex Mcknight. Love the characters, and his relationship with them, the Native American, the bar/diner owner, his "partner" in his investigative business he keeps trying to avoid, and the local Sheriff he spars with. The setting is also a plus, up in the Northern section of Michigan, across the Mackinac bridge and on up North, a hop skip and a jump from Canada. Alex was a police officer until he was in a shoot out and his partner was killed, now ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-only, favorites
Picked this up as part of a "Discover a new series" sale on Audible. I really enjoyed this story, set in the Upper Peninsula of the Mitten State. Based on the title, I expected more solemnity around the local Native Americans. In fact, there was easy and believable rapport between the main protagonist, a white guy, and the local modern tribe members. I loved the opening, when Alex is regretting letting his friend Vinnie talk him into subbing as goalie on the mostly Indian "30 and over" hockey te ...more
May 29, 2010 Norm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading "The Lock Artist" I found this book. I haven't read the first book in the series, but it didn't hurt at all.

The book takes place in the UP of Michigan, and even though it's 90 degrees here in Illinois this week, I was shivering. Really, this is a well told story, and the character, a former cop turned reluctant PI is a page turner. Or a button pusher if you're into the electronic readers.

I'm reading the third book in the series now, and one of these days I'll find the first one.

Maureen DeLuca
Jun 15, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Hamilton is now coming one of my favorite authors! Winter of the Wolf Moon is the second in the Alex McNight series... Not only do I highly recommend it, but , for me anyway- I would start with the very first book in the series for that book was just as wonderful as well ! McNight is an ex-police officer from Detroit , who now lives in a small town and sometimes a P.I. If you enjoy the reading of Robert B Parker's Spenser series and Jesse Stone series... you will enjoy this book and the se ...more
After loving The Lock Artist, I wanted to give Hamilton's series a second change.

This is better than the first book in the series, but still not great. I hold out hope that it'll get better.

The main improvement is that there's a little more levity in this book. Lonnie comes back and adds some much welcome comic relief. McKnight still takes himself *way* too seriously, but it's improving.

There's also a nice thread left hanging for future installments. I'm sure I'll get to them eventually.
Apr 24, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's because I live in Michigan, have been through Paradise and visited the Soo, but I count Steve Hamilton's books as among my favorites. They're not profound, no amazing revelations found within, just a good, simple murder mystery story with a smart aleck-y protagonist, Alex McKnight. Though it's a series, Hamilton reviews enough details of others that they can easily be read out of order, though perhaps starting with the very first, A Cold Day in Paradise, is not such a bad idea.
May 01, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm a sucker for Michigan regional mysteries and the Alex McKnight series is no exception. The setting is the Upper Peninsulas in Michigan and the private eye is a former Detroit cop. Steve Hamilton's description of the UP and the residents is spot-on and I think would appeal to Michiganders and non alike.
This novel incorporates more of the Ojibwa Indians living in the UP and McKnight's friendship with one of them. It is fast-paced and a lively read.
Mar 21, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always fun to read a story that takes place where I live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The author does an amazing job of describing the cold, winter weather and the isolation that is a big part of living here. I have been to Paradise several times and always enjoy reading about the interesting characters there.
Sep 16, 2011 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hamilton's books are entertaining and a great escape read. I expect to read the whole series. I was excited to see Hamilton has recently continued the series after giving Alex McKnight a rest.
Tom Swift
I liked the 1st book in this series, but don't bother with this one.
Nov 17, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While you may not care about the plot, and you may not care about the characters, you will care a lot about the story, it’s engaging and interesting. It’s weird in that way, but darn it, a page turner. It's the setting that brings you in and keeps you.

The series is great, it’s a private eye noir set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where summers are short and winters are brutal and cold. I really enjoy the series, but our poor protagonist never seems to catch a break or have a good time. Despite th
Jon Koebrick
Winter of the Wolf Moon is a solid three star mystery. The writing is easy and the pages turn quickly. This second book in the series is a bit improved over the first book. Alex McKnight is an easy character to appreciate. Recommended for Sandford and William Kent Krueger readers.
Nov 10, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plan to continue to visit Northern Michigan and Alex McKnight as often as I can. This is very good, "under the radar" author and series.
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
The second Alex McKnight mystery. Very good. I enjoy this series a lot, and I felt very cold as I read it.
Mar 12, 2017 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of "JA Jance's" Beaumont and "Lawrence Blocks" Matt Scudder characters a bit. Low keyed type characters due to physical or other ailments. Was worth a read but looking forward to Hamilton's new character "Nick Mason".
Mar 11, 2017 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although I didn't like the ending this book sure had my attention throughout. Very easy read and the story moved along rapidly.
Winter of the Wolf Moon is the second in a series of 10 or more detective novels by Steven Hamilton. I have not read any of the others, but based on my experiences with this one, I am willing to try them.

As a detective story, I don't think this particular book was outstanding. Serviceable, but not stellar. Actually, the lead character Alex McKnight spends most chapters being abused by drug dealers and the law enforcement apparatus that pursue them. In the final pages, the missing woman McKnight
I read this book because of the good reviews by other readers. I had forgotten I had read the first Alex McKnight novel and did not like it. This one was better, but not by much. So goodbye Alex McKnight and Steve Hamilton.
Jan 09, 2017 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another bad one. The plot is far-fetched, the dialog is unrealistic and unnatural, the protagonist keeps making the same sort of stupid mistakes over and over, there are inconsistencies in the story, etc. There's no two ways about it: Alex McKnight is not a very likable guy.

Inconsistencies are bothersome. On page #92, for example, Alex drops his gun to the floor where it is, presumably, picked up and taken by the bad guys before beating and almost killing him. Then, as if by magic, on pa
Ken Heard
Jul 30, 2014 Ken Heard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Hamilton's bad guys in his second novel to feature Alex McKnight are bad. But the winter weather of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is equally evil, if not worse. I've read a few of Hamilton's books and the location, the bitter cold, is a major character in what he's written. He portrays the elements of that climate well; it becomes a factor in this novel. You hear about readers getting "chills" when delving into scary stuff? You'll really get the chills when reading of McKnight's forays i ...more
Alan Mills
Good, serviceable mystery, with an interesting main character and several stock sidekicks.

Set in the depth of winter in northern Michigan, retired cop and sometimes private investigator, Alex McKnight, is sought out by an actual damsel in distress. He puts her up for the night in an empty cabin, only to find the place a wreck and she is gone the next morning. Since he failed to protect her when she came to him for help, Alex of course feels obligated to figure out what happened to her.

From this
Sep 05, 2011 Lilocosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character here is the setting--Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was a great book to read on a hot summer day because, trust me, you'll be chilled all the way through from the author's descriptions of the weather and the landscape! If you don't live in the northern Midwest, this setting will probably seem as alien as the moon, but it is accurate down to the smallest detail.
I really enjoyed the "official" main character, Alex McNight, and his friends. Their personalities and conversations
Feb 05, 2010 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
"Winter Of The Wolf Moon" was really good. I whipped through it in about 3 days - exactly what I needed to read. There was at least one plot point (where "the bag" was hidden) that I guessed well before Alex McKnight figured it out, but besides that, I was kept guessing pretty well.

In this 2nd book of the McKnight series, after Alex has an altercation on the hockey rink (he plays goalie!) with her boyfriend, Diane seeks him out for help escaping from his clutches. He stashes her in one of his ca
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