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A Stolen Season (Alex McKnight #7)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,339 ratings  ·  106 reviews
On a freezing night in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldn’t feel so unusual if it wasn’t the Fourth of July, an antique wooden boat plows full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. With Alex McKnight on the rescue mission, the passengers are brought safely to shore. Alex figures the story’s over…but he’s dead wrong.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published September 1st 2006)
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Mar 11, 2009 CT rated it 3 of 5 stars
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’
Brian Clapper
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
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.

Holly McIntyre
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
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
Gloria Feit
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
Jim Nolt
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
Like all the other novels I've read in this series so far, a skilfully put together page turner. A favorite character is killed in this one, and while I see the need for it if the series is going to continue without substantial change, it bothered me that it had to happen. I'm also hoping that Mr. Big, who escaped the mayhem in this one, will get his comeuppance in a later installment.
This book was very disappointing as well as extremely predictable. Most of the books up until this point have been page turners and this one the pages seem to be made of lead. I noticed that book 8 won some awards so I stuck this one out only because I am hoping that the next one will better. Someone wrote that this series reminds them of a seasons of Law and Order and I couldn't agree more. So this one is just a bad episode...
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May 01, 2009 Joe rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Foster Winter
I always enjoy the settings of these stories - including this one, from Michigan's Upper Peninsula where I have spent a good deal of time, to my hometown of Detroit. Overall, however, I found the plot bit over the top -- I can only suspend belief so far. Nonetheless, when the mood strikes, I will probably rejoin Alex McKnight up in Paradise (Michigan).
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
The weather plays a huge part in this series. Usually its very cold and there is tons of snow.
In this story, its summer and cold, foggy and wet. Adds a lot to the narratives, which take place in upper Michigan.

This one was pretty sad, deals with sorrow and loss. Well done.
Pivotal episode in the Alex McKnight series. The failure of summer to appear in the Upper Peninsula fits well with the plot of this one. As usual, good use of setting.
Angela Ewart
I was up and down with this book 1 minute I was into it and then the next I wasn't,this is the first time I have read a Steve Hamilton book.Hopefully if I read another one it will be better
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
Mary Ahlgren
Love the setting. Some of the characters were too thinly drawn. His dialogue sure is good though.
This entry in the series started great, strong middle, ended very badly no spoilers.
Well, if I'd known he was going to go THERE and do THAT, I'm not sure I would have read it!
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
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."
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