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Beneath The Book Tower (Alex McKnight 0.5)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  194 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
From Edgar Award-Winning Author Steve Hamilton, "Beneath the Book Tower" is the first ever short story featuring Alex McKnight, showing a different side of the man readers have come to love.

Before the tragic event that made him seek refuge in a remote corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight was a Detroit police officer. It’s a warm summer night, and Alex is ou
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Published May 17th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Linda Strong
For those who have read the series, this short story is a treat. For those who haven't, this short story is a treat.

Alex was once a Detroit police officer. Along with his partner, Franklin, he policed the mean streets every night. There's not a shortage of trouble that can happen at any given moment.

They are also looking for a young teenager .... his grandmother has done her best in raising him, but there is no respect from the young to the elderly. All she wants is for him to be safe.

The things
Dec 29, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who is a fan of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series will love this short story which tells of the incident which led him up to Paradise Michigan and the birth of the series. It is a long time coming as we hear bits and pieces through out his books.

FYI to Goodreads, you have Alex's last name spelled wrong!! It is MCKNIGHT not MCNIGHT!!!
Apr 09, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Detroit

I've enjoyed all the Alex McKnight novels by Steve Hamilton, so was attracted to this short story. It takes place before Alex moves to Paradise. This is a short exposé of Detroit and its deterioration, both the buildings and the people. Sad and depressing.
I only list this story to comment on how thrilled I am that "Misery Bay" comes out in 10 days! This story is not a 5 but the excitement I have for the next in the series definitely helps me round up! Love Alex McKnight and Steve Hamilton!
Start this series with "A Cold Day in Paradise."
Aug 17, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A nice quick read that gives you a look at Alex McKnight's life back when he was still a Detroit police officer. I liked the couple of comments that are made by him and his partner that relate to the later stories. I wish it would have been a little longer, but it is short story after all.
Jan 25, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasant little story with a twist. McKnight must really be a Detroiter, the places/names all correct. Stumbled across the story when I was searching for Book Tower and Louis Kamper memorabilia. Never heard the batman angle, though.
May 05, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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a poignant glimpse into the Detroit that Alex McKnight patrolled, late on the third shift, to protect and serve.
Mar 10, 2016 Bert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just enough here to make me want to check out the first book of the series, so well done.
Ed Klein
Jun 25, 2016 Ed Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good short story / novella giving background to Hamilton's 'Alex McKnight' series .
Pam Bales
Alex McKnight short story. A good entry to the modern crime series.
This Alex McKnight story is a short e-book that takes place while Alex was still a cop in Detroit.
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