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Let It Burn (Alex McKnight #10)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  951 ratings  ·  151 reviews
The newest novel in the acclaimed Alex McKnight series bytwo-time Edgar award-winner andNew York Timesbestselling author Steve Hamilton.

Alex McKnight doesn’t leave Michigan's Upper Peninsula if he can help it. He steers clear of Detroit in particular, where he once worked as a cop. The city will forever remind him of his partner’s death and of the bullet still lodged in hi
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published July 2nd 2013)
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Larry Hoffer
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Steve Hamilton may be one of the best crime/thriller writers out there right now. He's written 10 terrific books featuring dogged Michigan private investigator Alex McKnight, which take place in the Upper Peninsula town of Paradise (the first book in this series won an Edgar Award) and two equally fantastic stand-alone novels, the most recent of which, The Lock Artist, also won an Edgar.

Alex McKnight used to be a police officer in Detroit. After he was seriously wounded i
Ray Palen
When Private Investigator and former Detroit P.D. Officer Alex McKnight visits the city he used to call home --- Detroit, MI --- he is horrified at how run-down and barren parts of the area are. It’s as if people stopped caring…like they just looked at it as the flames approached and decided to ‘let it burn’.

These thoughts race through Alex’s head as he is forced to return to his old stomping ground and open up some old wounds in the process. LET IT BURN is the title of the latest in the popular
Vince Panone
As a long time fan of Steve Hamilton, and his Alex McKnight series I have admired the skill Hamilton brings to creating a vivid sense of place to his novels. He painted such a vivid picture of life on the shores of Lake Superior, that my family had to take a road trip to Paradise Michigan, to see it for ourselves.

In this outing, Alex spends most of his time very far away from Paradise (both literally and figuratively). The action this time takes place in present day Detroit, along with flash bac
Robert Bacal
I've always loved the books in this series, and liked this one too. The Alex McKnight character appeals to me because there's a touch of the dark side to him, and I' also appreciate the rural setting (the shores of Lake Superior wilderness), and the mention of Canada.
I like this book. It's got some nice twists and turns, but I found it a bit different than most of the earlier books. First the Alex in this book has lost his darker side, but gained a better sense of humor, and I found that a bit j
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, Alex McKnight, is an ex-cop living five hours drive north of Detroit in a small settlement called Paradise and he looks after some cabins and enjoys Canadian beer. I would have thought it was not a great distance given the size of the North America, but seemingly he thought it was far enough away from Detroit to be an obstacle for any return that he may make to the city.
Slowly, slowly, his past is revealed and in this story the focus is on his
This is the tenth book in Steve Hamilton's fine series about ex-police officer Alex McKnight, but it's actually as good a place to start as any because it explores Alex's back history and therefore knowledge of the usual characters is largely unnecessary. If you are new to the series, all you really need to know is that Alex left the Detroit police force many years ago after a being shot on the job. He retired to Paradise, a small town on Lake Superior in Northern Michigan where he has occasiona ...more
Well done novel of suspense and intrigue. The ending should have been more thoroughly finished and would have resulted in a higher rating. 7 of 10 stars
Tenth book in The Alex McKnight series. This time a guy he sent to prison is being released but Alex has questions since he never saw the actual confession or the tape of it. The guy that was sent away his mom insists that he was innocent. So Alex comes down from Paradise, MI to the Detroit area to visit old friends and to relive what had happened back than and to try and prove the guy was sent to prison by mistake. I was glad to find out that the person I thought had done it had actually done i ...more
A bad year for me. Once again I have to mark one of my favorite authors lower than I normally would. I can blame some of it on having the story centered in Detroit instead of the UP. I'm not much for resurrecting incidents from the past either. The ultimate disappointment, however, was feeling that my credulity was being stretched way too far. I do commend Mr.Hamilton for taking the time to let non-Michiganders know what a tragedy we face in Detroit and how deeply we feel about this once great a ...more
Suzze Tiernan
It was nice learning more of the back story of Alex McKnight. I was worried about so much of it not taking place in the U.P. of Michigan, but the story held up well, and, being a native Detroiter, I was familiar with most of the places the character went. When he goes to a train yard in Detroit, it brought back memories of my deceased brother, Bob, who was a Detroit Police Sergeant. At one time he worked in a division that investigated robberies from those trains.
Hamilton's Alex McKnight books are always a pleasure. I like the UP and have actually been to Paradise, the setting for the books, so I wasn't too happy to see that this one took place mostly in Detroit. It did turn out to be interesting though. Even though I've heard all about Detroit's bankruptcy, this book really describes the devastation that is Detroit. Hamilton describes the city like it's London after the Blitz.
This is my first Steve Hamilton read, and I’m glad I picked it out in Audio-book. The narrator Dan John Miller is fantastic! To begin with, he has an appealing and warm voice, without being too sexy, and he does everything right to bring the story to life. His performance is consistent and authentic; he is able to develop multiple convincing character voices using appropriate inflection. He’s just brilliant and I want to hear more audio-books narrated by him.
Now back to the story and the writer.
Sarah Rohrs
Steve Hamilton keeps getting better and better with his Alex McKnight series, this one set in Detroit mostly and involving the last case the former police officer worked on prior to the injury that caused him to leave the force. Present-day McKnight traverses the haunted world of decaying Detroit, a perfect setting for reliving a case that is haunting him still. Excellent interplay between the young McKnight and the older one searching for the truth. Hamilton's ability to build suspense can't be ...more
Claudette Veniez
I couldn't put this book down. I love this series. there were so many twists and turns and I didn't figure out the ending which is unusual for me. I highly recommend this book and the series.
I've been a Steve Hamilton fan for years now, drawn to him when I saw his name on a list of Michigan authors. Wish I could have given this one 5 stars like the others, and I would have if it weren't for the ending. This time the locale is Detroit and since I live only about 40 miles from there, the street, park and building names were very familiar, from the media. I just don't go there! BUT, I seriously could not figure out the ending. A motive is pretty important and I just couldn't make the c ...more
#10 in the Alex McKnight series. A powerful addition to the multiple prize-winning series. Alex leaves the peaceful environs of Paradise, on the shore of Lake Superior, for a return trip to the mean streets of Detroit. It is easy to recognize that author Hamilton has deep feelings for Detroit in his description of a once vibrant powerhouse laid low by violence, drugs, unemployment, arson and middle class flight. Worth reading for the descriptive prose but the plot isn't bad either.

#10 Alex McKni
Riley Cooper
Excellent book! The description of present-day Detroit is quite sad. Steve Hamilton has been on fire lately (no pun intended).
This Alex McKnight story is a murder mystery. It doesn't take place in the upper peninsula town of Paradise but in Detroit. Alex is called back to his old stomping grounds because a man is getting out of prison. Alex was instrumental in getting the man convicted. However, maybe he wasn't the guilty one after all. Alex has to resolve a 20 year old mystery in Detroit, Michigan. I wasn't too enthusiastic, because I like the Upper Peninsula setting. But once you get started, you have to finish becau ...more
Jordan Crosbie
This is the tenth book in Steve Hamilton's fine series about ex-police officer Alex McKnight, but it's actually as good a place to start as any because it explores Alex's back story. Having not heard of either the author or series before I picked it up by chance at the local library I was not disappointed and enjoyed the book. It had a good pace and touches on the history and is set in one of the most interesting cities in North America,former automotive capital Detroit.

I would recommend this b
Dreary. But that's no surprise when Detroit's involved as a major part of the story.
Another great entry into the Alex McKnight series.

This one takes you into Alex's past, giving us a little bit more about what made him the way he is, living practically isolated from everyone. Got to see a little bit of Leon, who's really grown on me as a character.

The writing was typical Hamilton, not all flowery and fancy and trying to be tricky with the words. Just basic and straightforward, giving us what we need to figure out the story.

I thought I had it, but I was wrong. Nice.

A great read.
Gloria Mccracken
I was a little worried. Alex McKnight (the protagonist) had not had any serious injury or threat to his life and here I was less than a hundred pages from the end of the book. Things picked up a little when he went through a seriously gnarly field of raspberries and got scratched to the point of bleeding, but really, this was not the Steve Hamilton I knew. Admittedly there was plenty of peril in the lengthy flashbacks that told of the shooting which ended his career as a Detroit police officer b ...more
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This was a hard-to-put down book, this latest in the Alex McKnight series. Alex checks every box in the crime/mystery hero list; he's a solitary kind of guy, an ex-cop w/ a painful past, a fierce sense of loyalty and desire to right wrongs, a dogged pursuer of truth, and just a few trusted friends who provide him w/ enough company and help to get him through the short days and long nights of the UP. A great part of the charm of this series is Paradise, hundreds of miles north of Detroit where Al ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton, a-minus, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Produced by Brilliance Audio, Downloaded from

This is the 10th in the Alex McKnight series. Alex, who now lives in the Upper Peninsula at the Canadian border in a town called Paradise, was at one point a police officer in Detroit. He is now a private investigator, and he also maintains and rents out cabins to tourists in the summer. Alex gets a call from his old police sergeant from Detroit indicating that there wi
Bill Hall
Alex McKnight visits Detroit and relives a case from his past. Not satisfied that the person convicted of murder was actually guilty of the crime, Alex investigates on his own.

As in previous stories in the series, the plot is everything and the action is fast. Hamilton gives you just enough characterization to get a feel for the players, but doesn't slow his pace to dwell on descriptions. So, I could change out the main characters for others of my favorites and the story would work just as well,
Gloria Feit
Alex McKnight never expected to return to Detroit. His career as a cop there had come to an abrupt end after eight years when he was placed on disability after being shot three times, only two of the bullets able to be removed, the third remaining half a centimeter from his heart. And his partner had never survived the bullets that hit him. Those events obliterated his entire life as he knew it. But when an old colleague tells him that Darryl King, the man he helped put away just days before tha ...more
First off, let me start by saying that Alex McKnight has never disappointed me and I wish GR had 1/2 stars. I came late to the Steve Hamilton "love fest", but have made up for it with my proselytizing about the joys of this series to anyone who will listen! This one takes place in Detroit, not Paradise or the rest of the UP, so if you read the books for that you might be unhappy. However, he does such a good job with the descriptions of a dying city that I never missed Paradise. Alex gets a call ...more
Years ago, while still a cop on the Detroit police force, Alex McKnight helped capture Darryl King, then believed to be guilty of the brutal murder of a young wife and Wayne State student named Elana Page. Now retired on disability and keeping a string of tourist cabins in Paradise, Michigan; McKnight gets a phone call from Tony Grimaldi, another cop who worked on the same case: King has been released on parole. Accepting Grimaldi's invitation to have a drink and talk things over, and hoping to ...more
Don Freeman
I didn't realize this the 10th of the Alex McKnight stories that Steve Hamilton has given us. Wow! All I know is that I have read them all, and I always look forward to hanging out with Alex. For those of you who might be new to Alex McKnight, he is an ex-cop, ex-ballplayer who lives on the shores of Lake Superior--lovely but demanding country. Alex is a reluctant detective, but he is, as they used to say, "A good man to ride the river with." People know he can be counted on, so they knock on hi ...more
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