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A Stolen Season (Alex McKnight #7)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,523 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
On a cold, miserable 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 runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. W ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published September 1st 2006)
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Mar 11, 2009 CT rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2014 Brian Clapper rated it really liked it
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
Nov 04, 2014 John Cain rated it liked it
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.

Jim Nolt
Apr 28, 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
Mar 19, 2013 Holly McIntyre rated it really liked it
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
Apr 04, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 15, 2014 Cwp rated it it was ok
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
Nov 21, 2014 Harry Roger Williams III rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#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
Aug 20, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
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
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
May 03, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2012 Leew49 rated it really liked it
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.
May 16, 2010 Rasmus rated it did not like it
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
Jun 21, 2015 Judith rated it liked it
I am used to reading this series in print. I am not completely sure if it was the reader or if the series is loosing it’s edge. Very rarely do I so completely dislike a reader that it makes a difference in the plot line. This author tried to mimic the UP /Canadian accent and failed miserably. It put my teeth on edge. There was a lot more wrong with this reader and that is why I would not listen to anything else by him.

Finalist 2007 Nero Award
Jul 31, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 04, 2015 Celena rated it did not like it
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...
Dec 31, 2011 Stefani rated it really liked it
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Dec 06, 2010 onarock rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 01, 2009 Joe rated it it was ok
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
Steve Larson
Oct 20, 2015 Steve Larson rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Overall good solid Steve Hamilton work. I would have rated this higher if I would have read it earlier in my reading of this series. A bit formulaic for me at this time, but its a good formula. Some of the outcomes are a bit shocking - one in particular pissed me off.
Foster Winter
Jan 26, 2014 Foster Winter rated it liked it
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).
Jan 19, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it
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
Sep 21, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 01, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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.
Pastor Ericsson
May 05, 2015 Pastor Ericsson rated it it was amazing
I love the series, love the description of the UP and Detroit especially having lived in Michigan. I think the characters are terrific and I love the way he continues to develop them
Angela Ewart
Nov 26, 2014 Angela Ewart rated it it was ok
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
Jan 05, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2015 Lo9man88 rated it really liked it
Man Alex is always a magnet for trouble leave to him to find a direct link to his girl whose hundreds of miles away great ending..
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