A Cold Day In Paradise (Alex McKnight #1)
I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read something between Lee Child and James Lee Burke. And dress warm.
(On all detectives having upsetting pasts) I think books need to be about interesting people, and it's possiblethat people with "upsetting pasts" are, all other things being equal,more interesting to us as readers than those without. That said, offthe top of my head I can only think of Matt Scudder that fits thedescription. Who else is there?
(On Alex's emotional baggage)I g...more
A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton
This was my first Steve Hamilton book and I really enjoyed it! To be honest, I had never heard of Steve Hamilton before I walked into The Island Book Store on Mackinac Island, MI one day in August 2013. This was my first trip to Mackinac Island and I was drawn to this book because it was based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (The UP).
"A Cold Day in Paradise" was a great read with plenty of suspense. I was always asking myself where the story would go next....more
I think Hamilton could have done so much more. McKnight is an ok main character but not very deep. I like it when a character has some little words that make me pause. (I did chuckle a few times though.) Or, if more of the silent type, then there better be some meaningful action. Driving back and forth...more
And it is certainly a page-turner. After about the first third, you will want to finish the book at a single sitting because the author paces the suspense well.
But it is a first novel and not perfect. There are some big holes in the plot. The most...more
Edwin Fulton is a wealthy man who has a gambling problem and who is...more
The killer, a man nam...more
As the bodies begin to pile up, the murderer makes contact with our hero and Alex reali...more
Not that this isn't a good read. I finished it in record time. Frowning for an acceptable...more
SH is a brand new author for me and this will no...more
While I happened to read book one first, I have since skipped around depending on what is available on CD or at my library. Though there is a time line, each book offers catch-up information so reading...more
Alex McKnight is an ex-cop from Detroit who moved back to his old summering place, Paradise, Michigan, where his dad built a set of hunting and fishing camps. He left the police force after a particularly...more
Page turning suspense, a tortured hero and...more
The characters in Hamilton's Michigan take themselves very, very seriously. That's not to say they're not fun to read about, but there's certainly more angst than I was looking for.
That said, the plot moved along well, and I was genuinely in suspense at a number of places. The twist at the end didn't blindside me, but I...more