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A Stolen Season (Alex McKnight #7)

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Edgar Award–winner Steve Hamilton takes his acclaimed series to new heights in A Stolen Season. If you thought you knew Alex McKnight and how far he'll go for the people he cares about . . . think again.

On a freezing night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldn't feel so unusual if it weren't the Fourth of July, a boat plows full speed into a line of old railro
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published September 1st 2006)
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CT
Jan 06, 2009 CT rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Since the very first book in the series, A Cold Day in Paradise, I have been a huge fan of the Alex McKnight series. Part of the reason is Steve Hamilton’s excellent, terse writing. However, it’s the character of Alex McKnight that really intrigues me. McKnight isn’t like all those “smart” P.I.s out there. He often makes stupid decisions, reacts impulsively, and uses brute force. Unfortunately, he always seems to think with his fists first.

This latest McKnight adventure sees Alex as happy as he’
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Brian Clapper
Jun 07, 2013 Brian Clapper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put this series in the category of "television substitutes," and the books are all thoroughly enjoyable examples of that category. The main character, Alex McKnight, is a former minor league baseball player; a former Detroit cop (who took three bullets during the shooting that killed his partner); and an uninterested, but licensed, private investigator. He considers himself a failure at all three. He lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he ends up sticking his nose into problems that, in ...more
Jim Nolt
Apr 22, 2014 Jim Nolt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading "A Stolen Season" by Steve Hamilton I'm tempted to drop down a notch all books I ever previously rated... or at the very least to petition for a new A+ rating. This book, the seventh in Hamilton's Alex McKnight series is, in a word, exceptional. It is written with believable and convincing dialogue, it is well-paced, and it is injected with perfectly timed suspense... driving the reader forward... impelling her/him to turn page after page after page. Yet there is more to this story ...more
Holly McIntyre
Jul 24, 2012 Holly McIntyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Steve Hamilton novels I've read and I really like it -- as good as a Sue Grafton, maybe better, not quite as good as a Jeffrey Deaver. I'm going back now and starting the series at the beginning.

It doesn't have the edge of your seat suspense and unexpected twists of a Deaver mystery, but does have solid plot development and characters with whom I would enjoy sitting down at the Glasgow and cracking a cold Canadian. It was the U.P. setting that caught my eye in the first
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John Cain
I am a fan of Hamilton, but this is not one of his best. McKnight's ennui and the cold of the UP are overstated more and more and less interesting each time. Misery Bay a book the follows is much better as are earlier ones.

Brenda
Jan 30, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, this book didn't seem up to par with previous books. About half way through, I thought, "Wow. I didn't see that coming."
Michael T Bradley
Oh, man, I don't know how to talk about this one without revealing spoilers. I actually waited so long because of this fear that now I can't even remember enough of the basic plot to talk about that. In essence, this represents another turning point in the series, and I found myself genuinely shocked at times. I cannot believe these books are still overall as good as they are.
Eric
May 27, 2017 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamilton is getting better with each book. His stories can be devoured in a very short time, but you will continue to think about them long after. They obviously require a willing suspension of disbelief, as no one person anywhere, much less in the UP, could be involved in this much violence and bloodshed season after season. That's why they call it fiction. These books are great escapes.
David
Mar 15, 2017 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a two plus, rather than an average 3, for several reasons. First, it is lite reading, you know on the Jr. HS scale. Secondly, he writes for pages at times about traveling somewhere with no intent other than to add filler, at least it seems that way to me. And thirdly, the main character, to be a former police officer is an idiot with some of his antics that would kill the normal person. Heck, even I rate the murderous and killing detective Mike Hammer (Mickey Spillane) a better ...more
Maddy
Nov 21, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Alex McKnight, sort of PI
SETTING: Paradise, Michigan; Canada
SERIES: #7 of 7
RATING: 4.25

Whenever I begin to read the latest book in a favorite series, I experience conflicting emotions. On the one hand, I am happy to put myself in the hands of a favorite author and spend time with characters I've come to love. On the other, I am completely bummed out because I know that I won't be seeing them again for a year or more. I've come to think of this as spending time with distant relatives
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Clark
Dec 23, 2016 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Having lived in Michigan for 20 years I enjoy reading about all the places I've been, not to mention the frequent references to Tiger Stadium and other Detroit landmarks in Steve Hamilton's McKnight series. Hamilton writes a good story every time and I always rate them 3 or 4 Stars. I plan to read the entire series, eventually.
Jim
Jul 07, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
In the world of Alex McKnight, no good deed goes unpunished. He helps rescue some guys after a nasty accident out on the lake, and they turn out to be professional criminals with an underdeveloped sense of gratitude. Pretty soon, Alex is forced to deal with drug-smugglers, gun-runners, and a failing long-distance relationship with Ontario Police Constable Natalie Reynaud.

As always, Steve Hamilton makes good use of his setting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to set mood. For all its peace and beaut
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Rasmus
May 16, 2010 Rasmus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge disappointment.

The characters are thinner than the paper they are printed on and the plot as predictable as the sunrise. Twists and setups are presented - only to fizzle out. I only managed to finish this book because I had already invested enough hours reading it, that stopping would make me feel even dumber than the main character, Alex McKnight.

McKnight is a crappy lead. Hamilton attempts to portray him as dark and brooding, but he just comes off stupid, self-centered and
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
This is the seventh book in Steve Hamilton's series about Alex McKnight, a retired police officer living in Paradise, Michigan. It's also the last in the series, although on his website Hamilton says that he does expect to write further books about McKnight down the track.

Ice Run was a disappointment but this book is every bit as good as the rest in the series, if not better. All the usual characters we've come to know and love make an appearance. The book opens with Alex, Leon and a coastguard
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Gloria Feit
Nov 30, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer is a very short season on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; but in this story it almost never appears, along with some semblance of normalcy. Which is not unusual in an Alex McKnight plot. It begins when a boat with three men aboard crashes into some old pilings on Lake Superior and Alex, his sometime partner, Leon, and a third man rescue the drowning passengers, who turn out to be less than desirable characters.

The progression from that point on is one beating after another for either Ale
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Leew49
Mar 31, 2012 Leew49 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
It's a cold, gray July in Paradise, Michigan; a summer that's not going to happen, a stolen season. Alex McKnight rescues three men from a sinking boat and finds his life unpleasantly entangled with theirs from then on. His girlfriend Natalie Raynaud is working as an undercover cop in Toronto. Their two problems turn out to be different sides of the same criminal case, but McKnight doesn't find out until a terrible tragedy has already struck.

I asked Vinnie what the Ojibwa word was for fall.
"It's
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onarock
Nov 28, 2010 onarock rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Stefani
Sep 19, 2011 Stefani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joe
Apr 26, 2009 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Steve Hamilton's latest book in the likable Alex McKnight series is a very weak entry. The falling-off in plot inventiveness is shocking, even for a twenty-first century crime novel. It's all been done before, so what matters is how well it's done, and making it feel as if it is new. Hamilton fails here, delivering a cliche plot with no wit, style or additional "oomph" to set it apart from a half dozen or more crime novels with the same plot device. The background is interesting, as usual, and H ...more
Wanda
Dec 14, 2012 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex always gets himself tangled up in a murder and a mess. It was interesting how the story came at the finale from two different angles. Alex got involved by helping save some people in a boat accident and they were involved in running drugs and his girlfriend was investigating gun running in Canada and both operations were part of the same operation.
Wasn't sure I liked the girlfriend, Natalie, but felt bad for Alex when she was killed. The author dealt with Alex's feelings in depth and showe
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Cwp
Jul 15, 2014 Cwp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started reading the series and crashed at this book. At the start Alex and his tough hard boiled attitude was an interesting read. As the series continued, I found that his anger and caustic attitude wore thin. He was always there to help his friends but his rash actions usually placed them in more jeopardy before he could save them at the end of the book. Just when I though that we might see some real humanity creep into his existence, that opportunity was stripped away. I am glad that Steve ...more
Kevin
Nov 17, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it
Not my favorite in the series, but still a great book. I guess I wouldn’t do well in the UP, way too cold and far too many gangsters…

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 that, this book, and the series is certainly worth reading.

This particular book took our private eye after some really ba
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Reed
I sort of want to rate this higher, if only for the compelling narrative style. But the parts just don't add up to enough of a cathartic, reasonable, believable, consistent, ends-tied-up whole. That's the problem I've had so far with this whole series.
Kristen
In the 7th installment of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight Mystery/Thriller series, A Stolen Season, Alex returned in another gripping mystery. During a cold night during the 4th of July celebration in Paradise, Michigan, an antique wooden boat ran full speed into the old railroad pilings of the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. While he was on rescue mission, he discovered the story was far from over, when he saved three men, they were connected to his girlfriend Natalie's undercover mission in Can ...more
Harry Roger Williams III
While reading this I wrote in my Journal, "“I last cried reading a novel, when people (to me they become people – not just characters) get hurt or die in a well-written, moving story.” I was too stunned to cry for A Stolen Season - I doubled over. Author Steve Hamilton kicked me in the stomach so hard that when I was reading the following entry in the series (Misery Bay) I was sure the tragedy had been haunting McKnight for at least two earlier books, not just through this one. As always, I felt ...more
Ed
Jul 18, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Alex McKnight series. Alex is an invalided ex-Detroit cop now living on MI's Upper Peninsula and running a half dozen vacation cabins.

Alex McKnight helps rescue three men after a speedboat crash then finds that they had created trouble with Vinnie at an Indian casino. They come looking for a box they claim was on the boat and Vinnie claims they are dealing in illegal prescription painkillers. Ontario policewoman, Natalie Renaud is transferred to Toronto where she is working undercover
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Pamela
Aug 19, 2014 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canada, michigan
Perhaps it's a moody thing, or an annoyance with some of the language, or Jupiter didn't align with Mars, or because I'm feeling a bit under the weather - whatever the reason, something felt oddly off about this Alex McKnight installment. The plot was plausible,Alex's cheeky humor was spot on, the antagonists were interestingly thuggish, and the action was engaging. But the delivery was a bit scattered and splattered, and there wasn't quite the heightened suspense as usual. Oh well . . . every b ...more
Caitlin
"Read" as an audiobook, with a good narrator, who I have heard before. As someone who has visited the Upper Peninsula a few times, it is easy to envision the start reality of the climate, even in July (one visit by me featured 45 degree temperatures on July 20). I enjoy the connection with the Canadian law enforcement, and this series is generally a pleasant read. Unlike other series, however, the central character is a former cop, so he investigates in no official capacity. Definitely a good se ...more
Carol
Aug 15, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was may be the best book in the McKnight series so far. Amazing writer.He has great characters and the raw human emotion in this book left me at a loss for words. Sure beauty. Hamilton brought out what true friendship could be...This was the seventh book in the Alex McKnight series. McKnight an ex-cop from Detroit now living in Paradise,Michigan just enjoying what comes his way. Which is usually trouble.Alex always ready to help and can't seem to let things go.He should have let thi ...more
Becky
Feb 07, 2016 Becky rated it liked it
Not the best Alex McKnight book, I wasn't really pulled in to the story. There is adventure, but things seem a little more superficial this time. You do witness Alex's friendships grow, which is good to see, and a major event happens that will show up in later books that I am glad I was in tune to. A quick read, but not quite as captivating as others. But still hoping he never lets this series end!
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