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Steve Hamilton
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The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,123 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Alex McKnight is sitting in his usual chair at the inn drinking Canadian beer, unaware that someone is traveling two thousand miles to see him. It is Randy Wilkins, the crazy southpaw pitcher who used to keep McKnight dancing behind the plate in their minor-league days. They haven't seen each other in thirty years, but Randy is convinced that McKnight is the right man to h ...more
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Published October 28th 2001 by Sound Library (first published 2001)
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Emma Hontzeas
DNF @ 60%

As much as i hate to DNF a book, i just cant anymore. Im not gonna bother writing a full review about this book. It literally bored me to death and wasn't at all what i was expecting it to be.
Living in Australia, baseball isn't a big thing here at all and a big chunk of the first few chapters is about the MC and his friends baseball career back in the day. His friend trying to find a girl he met back in his teens (he is now in his 40), is just weird he doesn't even know her real name,
It's a good sign that the Alex McKnight books keep getting better. Still not as good as The Lock Artist, but Hamilton clearly cares about his craft, and there's a lot to like here. Very well paced with two very different halves of the book that really work well together. Glad I stuck with the series.
Maureen DeLuca
H'mm - ok , maybe not a true 4 star- how about a 3.5 and I'll let you decide.

Ex-Detroit police detective Alex McKnight is a private investigator in (fictional) Paradise, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior. But, before this, for a brief time - 30 years ago - Alex McKnight played ball in the minor leagues. He doesn't spend much time thinking about those days, at least not until a former teammate comes looking for him. . . .

His old friend wants him to help him find the
Mary Sue
Mar 21, 2014 Mary Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex McKnight is jarred out of his usual state of fireside numbness by the arrival of a former baseball minor league roommate. After the backslapping and introductions to Paradise, MI other hangers-on, the two retire to Alex's cabin. During the night the story unravels of his former roomie Randy's sudden appearance. And like the other Alex McK books the non-stop action begins. From the UP to Detroit to the shore of Lake Michigan to Traverse City to the UP and then the journey is repeated. We see ...more
John Caviglia
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Nov 17, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex, the private eye, gets developed more in this book. It sort of drags at first, and then gets good, worth the read.

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.
Dec 21, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started the book I wondered to myself what could be better, than a good detective series of an author I just discovered? Then I found out the book had baseball as a subplot and was in heaven. The book was good, a bit of departure from the first 2 of the series. But I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the next one in line
Jessie Bradford
Nov 08, 2016 Jessie Bradford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it in a day, being from Michigan I could see the streets in Detroit he talked about within the book. The book did have some parts that could have moved faster but being the first book I've read by this author, I found that it was actually a good ending.
Ok, didn't like the ending get there was unfinished ties.
Oct 18, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although baseball is an important detail in this adventure there was just too much of it in the beginning. As the plot progressed the sports details diminished and the story greatly improved. That made it worth wading through the boring bits.
Mar 20, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The Hunting Wind is Steve Hamilton's third book in the Alex McKnight mystery series. McKnight, an ex-Detroit cop who is administering his family set of cabins in the northern part of Michigan, runs into an old friend, a pitcher back from his days as a catcher in the Detroit Tigers farm system. He hasn't seen the guy in over 20 years, since he got called up by the Tigers, and got shelled in his one and only major league appearance.

This lefty wants him to find an old flame, someone he met while in
Sep 04, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hamilton's series character Alex McKnight is an ex-Detroit cop now living in a remote part of Michigan as the supposedly idle half of a private-eye partnership; decades ago he had baseball aspirations as a catcher (UK readers: think wicketkeeper), but he wasn't good enough. Now, out of the past, one of his pitchers (bowlers), Randy Wilkins, reappears asking Alex, in his guise as PI, to help him search for the first girl he loved, a fortuneteller's daughter called Maria. Reluctantly, Alex goes wi
Book #3 in the Alex McKnight series. Love this series - this one was as good as always. This time an old friend that Alex use to play minor league baseball with some 30 years ago shows up and wants Alex to help him find the 'girl that got away' (also from 30 years ago). Finally Alex decides to help him with some misgivings which he probably should have listened to more closely. In all of Hamilton's books his endings are always surprising and different. I've found that I have a pretty good predic ...more
Sep 09, 2016 BrkrDave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am reading the series in order and thus this is my third book. Of the three, this is the best so far. The plot is original and the story telling has just my kind of a sarcastic sense of humor. I am looking forward to the fourth book in the series.
Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is Alex McKnight's friend, Randy Wilkins, traveling 3,000 miles to Lake Superior to see him? After thirty years, Wilkins has harbored a secret--a secret that will lead him and McKnight through a treacherous night of endless darkness and violence.

In Steve Hamilton's third mysterious, atmospheric, and fast-paced thrill ride from Lake to Superior to the outer edge of madness, McKnight's friendship is tested to the limits, as dark secrets of his thirty years friendship with Wilkins will shake Mc
Kathy McC
While I didn't find this book as enthralling as the first book by Hamilton that I read, I finished it in one evening. How can you not enjoy a book that perfectly describes spring in Northern Michigan? "It was one of those April days in Michigan where the temperature gets up to seventy and you start to think that summer is around the corner. The next day it will be thirty degrees again. But, you fall for it every time." How could I not enjoy an author who shares my love of Tiger Stadium? "They ar ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable, easy flowing read with a good plot and interesting characters. I particularly enjoyed how the two main characters played off each other, and found the Randy character very interesting and fun.

But it just slightly fizzled for me at the end. Not that there was anything wrong with the ending, it's just that as I was enjoying the story so much I kept thinking how much I hoped the ending would knock my socks off. I guess it just didn't...quite.

You know the classic notion that h
Oct 19, 2013 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 17, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Alex's friend Randy comes to town and pulls Alex into a search for a woman Randy met briefly decades before. Glimpses into Alex's baseball days and how he is compelled to help others while resisting the role of a private detective. I am catching up with Alex McKnight; this isn't my favorite of the series, not bad, but not great. I had a hard time rooting for anybody in this one though I learned more about Alex. He spent a great deal of time in his car driving for hours between cities in Michigan ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Steve Hamilton writes books that read like Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series crossed with Lee Child. His hero, Alex McKnight, is a former police officer and one time baseball pitcher living the quiet life in northern Michigan. Out of the blue, Randy Wilkins - a former baseball teammate - turns up and asks Alex to help him track down an old flame who he hasn't seen in 30 years. The story starts slowly with what seems to be a simple "cherchez la femme" mission, but it quickly emerges that virtua ...more
It's been years since I read an Alex McKnight, and I'm not sure why this series hasn't grabbed me the way it has others. On the positive side, this story seemed to me like a good oldfashioned noir story, with a private eye in search of a beautiful woman, this one not from his own past but from a former friend's. I didn't have a clue how this was going to turn out, so I was happy with how things progressed. On the other hand, the story was soooooooo slooooooooow in developing, and Alex McKnight r ...more
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
Sep 26, 2013 Leevora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this was an interesting little mystery. I swear Alex just stumbles his way into trouble with every turn he makes. Sometimes on purpose... Sometimes by accident. LOL I know some of the negative reviewers complained The reason for Randy looking for Maria wasn't explained but it was explained and Alex did an absolute great job of explaining it. It's common sense.... Once you find out about Randy and Maria's relationship, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what the deal is between t ...more
Dec 13, 2014 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamilton
read this in january...thought i did a review...guess not. was out in vegas...maybe going up the awful tower...the tower eiffel...and perhaps i had on a local-color tee-shirt...local as in u.p. something north and a lady the elevator? i forget...talks books...asks if i read any hamilton. nope...not yet. was this the first? mighta been.

good story...4-stars...i enjoyed it...though it takes place way over on the eastern end of the u.p. there and canada as i recall, couple forays up there
Katherine Clark
I enjoyed this book. I couldn't find the first in the series at my library, so started at the third (which is something I no longer really like to do.) But, it was good. I'd say soft to medium boiled with a pleasant protagonist who isn't too full of himself. I've ordered the rest of the series from the library--his first, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Edgar and I think the Shamus, so I am curious. My favorite part: the setting is chiefly UP in Michigan which is a place I've always been curious ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Cherylanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely enjoyed but more as a guilty pleasure. I want to lean towards always believing the best and most positive about people typically as a reaction to the "old white guy" syndrome I am exposed too. So when the "old twisteroo" happens and good guys are turned on their heads--it's worth a smile and transport to my keeper stack. This author has a good grip on the genre which is kind of heartbreaking for poor readers such as myself. He is on the fast track to the hardcover stacks and BIG book ...more
May 24, 2016 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was sitting in the park in Mackinaw City one evening, enjoying the view of the bridge and reading a Joseph Heywood novel, a passerby noticed my book and recommended another UP author. Of course I didn't remember his name by the time I got to the library, but aren't computers wonderful? This is my first Steve Hamilton book. I didn't find McKnight as interesting a character as Service, but I enjoyed the story. It was a fun diversion. I want to sign on as proofreader for both Heywood and Hamil ...more
Michael T Bradley
A bit of a weaker first third than as is the norm for Steve Hamilton's McKnight series, but once you get into it, it really flows right along. I'm not a big fan of the 'but wait for THIS twist!' type of stories, but this one seemed to do it in such a way that it wasn't annoying, and it helped that McKnight himself basically ends up only wanting personal closure, not caring much about all the ifs/whys of the story.

The main issue is that the whole 'old friend with a problem' trope seemed unnecessa
Jim Nolt
Sep 17, 2013 Jim Nolt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steve Hamilton: The man knows how to tell a story, especially in "The Hunting Wind." This is my third in the Alex McKnight series, and the best one so far. In the first half we see things set up... in the second half we watch them unravel. Most of us assume that what our friends tell us is true. Our friends are honest... most of the time. But in this story, the prevarications fly faster and harder than any "slinky" Alex's friend, pitcher Randy Wilkins, ever threw in his short career with the Det ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one good story. Great characters with lots of twists. Hamilton is one fine writer. Entertaining. An Alex McKnight book. McKnight an ex Detroit cop living in Paradise, Michigan. One of the nice guys always ready to help out a friend. Usually ending with Alex getting his butt kicked.Alex sitting having a Canadian beer at his favorite haunt when in walks a friend he hasn't seen in thirty years..He needs Alex to help him find a girl.How hard could that be? Alex is about to find out. The har ...more
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“said. “Now that he’s found me again. Or he’d come himself. . . .” “Maria, why don’t you just sign away the full partnership money? Tell him you’ll take the twenty percent and forfeit the rest?” She looked at me. “You could stop running,” I said. “I don’t know,” she said. “Maybe” 0 likes
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