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North Of Nowhere (Alex McKnight #4)

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Lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of police chief Roy Maven’s lead suspects. Worse, Vargas’s own sense of vigilante justice has targeted the former private eye as well, and ...more
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Published July 15th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 8th 2002)
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Bodosika Bodosika
Jul 28, 2016 Bodosika Bodosika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though my first book by Steve Hamilton but with North of Nowhere he got me below the belt and I promise to read all of his work.
North of Nowhere...totally Enjoyable.
Harry Roger Williams III
I gave each of the first three titles in this series four stars. It's time to be honest and admit, "It was amazing." His craft is such that his artistry is subtle and "off screen." Hamilton gets better and better. The satisfying conclusion left questions hanging about the fate of a couple of the characters. I find myself willing to live with that uncertainty, and curious if their fate will unfold in one of the future volumes. I can tell you this: I am leaving for the library after writing this, ...more
Ed
Aug 30, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Alex McKnight series. "Finalist 2003 Shamus Award for Best Novel; Finalist 2003 Anthony Award for Best Mystery; Finalist 2003 Barry Award for Best Novel"

Alex McKnight series - Alex has become so much a recluse in the little town of Paradise in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that his few friends are worried about him. That leads Jackie Connery, the Scottish-raised proprietor of the bar where Alex sometimes hangs out, to badger him into joining a friendly poker game at the home of Win Vargas
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Julia
Apr 04, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you pick up on a weekend away at a friend's holiday house when you realize that you've left the new Lee Child that you were planning to read behind at home. You haven't read any of the others in the series but it looks reasonably intriguing and it's fewer than 200 pages, so you figure there'll be time to knock it off before you have to head home on Sunday. The engaging writing style quickly pulls you in and you find yourself enjoying the narrator's witticisms. It's a sto ...more
Dan Darragh
Mar 30, 2016 Dan Darragh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went back and forth on a 3 or a 4 for this, the first Steve Hamilton novel I've read. I really enjoyed this crime thriller but I wondered if I gave it a 4 I would be over-rating it because it takes place in an area I am very familiar with, Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Specifically around Sault St. Marie on the eastern side of the UP. Towns, highways, even some of the street names were familiar after vacationing on Lake Huron about 30 miles south of the Soo for over 65 years. But after looking o ...more
Michael T Bradley
Feb 10, 2015 Michael T Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favorite McKnight novel in at least two books. There's really no way to capture the thrill of the original book at this point, and some of my favorite subplots (did that girl he was into just leave? I don't even remember) have obviously fallen by the wayside by now. This one is a fun sort of one-off, like the last one, and ridiculously overwrought, but it's extremely fun to watch it unfold. Mystery novels are strange in that you kind of have to force yourself to think LESS, because ...more
Carol
Jul 30, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Steve Hamilton. So glad I found him..Superb! Keeps the action going. This was an Alex McKnight novel. McKnight an ex-cop from Detroit now lives in Paradise, Michigan in the cabin he and his father built when Alex was a teenager.The late McKnight also built a few other cabins that Alex rents out to tourists.In this story Alex has been holed up in his cabin in the woods away from people, relaxing and reading and keeping up the cabins.Jackie,wanting to pull Alex out of his ...more
Lori
Sep 12, 2014 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it as well as the first 3, but I did finish it. Will see how he does for me with #4. I think the story in this one was a little less compelling than usual. I also have a teeny complaint with the dialogue he gives the rich guy's wife. She's cheating on her nouveau riche and wannabe tough guy husband, but that's no reason to make her a snotty bitch to everyone she encounters. I didn't believe she'd speak to a stranger the way she did to McKnight. Made her seem a little cartoonish and I ...more
Joan
Sep 08, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Alex McKnight lives in Paradise, Michigan. His best friend is Jackie who runs the local bar. Alex is invited to a poker game at a rich man's house. While there, three men come in to rob the place. Only the men playing poker know about the safe filled with money. The rich man is sure that Alex is responsible for the robbery. The chief of police is sure he is involved too. Alex know that Jackie and Prudell, his former partner, are his friends, but he is not sure of the others involved in the case. ...more
Dale Safford
Sep 23, 2015 Dale Safford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. The scene out on the Big Lake is frightening! Love the Upper Peninsula setting.

Private Investigator Alex McKnight is invited to play poker one night, and is shocked when the wealthy man hosting the card game is robbed while they are held down. Alex tries to pick up clues, and then a couple of the other men are arrested for their alleged involvement, and his good friend Jackie who owns the local pub disappears. Alex is driven to find out who the robbers were, and of course to find ou
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Joyce
Started reading Steve Hamilton a long time ago. Was recently digging through a box of unread books and decided to pick up where I left off. As I grow to love the Great Lakes more and more, I find myself plunging into stories set along their shores. My husband and I keep talking about driving from Hell (MI) to Paradise (MI) and this may be the year we make that trip. This story starts as a poker game gone wrong and winds up being a story about how money can destroy a life-long friendship. Good su ...more
Carol
Mar 05, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent several weeks every summer when I was growing up in a cabin on Lake Shore Drive on Whitefish Bay. Even as an adult living on the east coast I would return to the lake just about every summer. Steve Hamilton's description of the places and people is right on. I can follow every turn that he makes and I feel like I know all the people. Maybe if you haven't had this experience the books are not quite as good but they still seem to me to be a good read for the genre. A great fast read and br ...more
Matt Allen
Jul 11, 2013 Matt Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Steve Hamilton writes a story that moves. I've read Hamilton four times and haven't been disappointed yet.

Here's how I think of Hamilton--it's a bit like a fireworks show. The first four McKnight novels have the same kind of feel to them. It would be hard to me to differentiate them from one another. I also don't know how many specific plot details I'll remember months from now, but while I'm in the middle of it, it crackles, sizzles, and is a darn good show.

North of Nowhere sports a simple en
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Maddy
Dec 15, 2013 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2002-reads
He’s just turned 49 years old, and failure seems to be the theme of his life. He’s failed at marriage, at a career in baseball, as a police officer and partner and as a private investigator. Living in a remote cabin in Paradise, Michigan, Alex McKnight has begun to isolate himself from the world. But his friend, Jackie, proprietor of a bar and restaurant that is Alex’s refuge, won’t let his pal become a hermit. He shows up at Alex’s door and offers him one of two options—he will pay Alex’s expen ...more
Gloria Feit
Aug 30, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A reader can always count on vivid descriptions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Lake Superior, the weather, and similar environmental factors. To some degree, these all play a role in this tale. However, human greed and stupidity are the major components of the plot, which begins with Alex McKnight suffering from an apparent fit of depression. (It should perhaps be noted that this novel was written over a decade ago, now available for the first time in paperback.)

His friend, Jackie Connery,
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Amy Lignor
Jul 28, 2013 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans will cheer! Alex McKnight is back and better than ever.

Anti-social is really the best phrase to sum up what Alex McKnight is feeling lately. Keeping to himself, the only thing he seems to do is go out for meals at the Glasgow Inn. On the evening of his 49th birthday Alex begins recounting to Jackie, the Inn’s owner, the list of failures he’s had in his life. With a failed marriage and an up-and-coming baseball career that fizzled out, he even goes on to tell Jackie about his job as a police
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LJ
NORTH OF NOWHERE-Ok
Hamilton, Steve
No longer a cop, inactive as a private eye, classic loner Alex McKnight has retreated to his lakeside cabin. In fact, Alex has become so much a recluse in the little town of Paradise in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that his few friends are worried about him. That leads Jackie Connery, the Scottish-raised proprietor of the bar where Alex sometimes hangs out, to badger him into joining a friendly power game at the home of Win Vargas. Before Alex can even work up a g
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Becky
Feb 23, 2016 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great visit with Alex McKnight. Since polar vortex #2 is passing through for the second time this winter, I felt a visit with my old friend Alex was appropriate. Joke is on me- this one is set in July! Though Alex gets sucked into a crime and isn't the one chasing the solution, of course he winds up in the middle of the mess. Lots of chases and bullets flying in this one- I enjoyed it as a good thriller and a visit among old friends. Of course will continue with the series. One of the be ...more
Jodi
May 05, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth in the Alex McKnight series, and a long-overdue return for me. Alex appears more troubled and depressed than usual, not coming out of his cabin for quite some time. His good friend Jackie drags him out for a poker game, from which things spiral out of control, get Alex out of his cabin for good and back into investigating, and calls into question the relationships of the people who make up Alex's world. The writing is clean and sparse (much appreciated in the days of 400+ page ...more
Emily Higgins
Nov 15, 2015 Emily Higgins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence
Alex McKnight has been becoming more and more reclusive lately. His friend, bar owner Jackie, guilts him into attending a poker game at the house of a man Jackie knows, but Alex doesn't. While there, the poker game is interrupted by a robbery that sets off a string of violent reactions. Most of what follows is senseless. Maybe it's a guy thing.
George Steininger
Nov 20, 2014 George Steininger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex again gets dragged into trouble by his friends. My first HAMILTON book was # 5 in the series. I then read books 1 - 4. This one was my least favorite of the 1st five. I lived in Holland, Mi. and have a familiarity with Hwy 31 and many of the sites described. I now live in Texas and I don't know many people who read this series. I don't find many copied of Hamilton's books at my local used book stores.
Dick Gullickson
Aug 21, 2014 Dick Gullickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this "read at the beach" book (I did) is the setting. The Michigan UP on the shores of Lake Superior provides the atmosphere that makes the story compelling. Aside from the atmosphere, the plot is contrived. And this is a rare book with absolutely no romance. Still, I've added Steve's original best seller to my reading list.
John Mosman
Aug 05, 2016 John Mosman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am amazed how Steve Hamilton comes up with these great mysteries. Our hero, Alex McNight is again embroiled in another situation involving friends and bad guys. Alex lives a rather isolated life in the UP but still gets sucked into a robbery, killings, and his friends. I find these books a very quick and fun read. I recommend the series highly.
Doris
Jan 27, 2016 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. Well-written, compelling characters. Hamilton's stories usually have an extra twist in the end that surprises. I was nearly finished with this one and thought it would wrap up neatly but Alex (lead) was still niggled by something and sure enough, something I totally missed. I read these avidly but will pay even closer attention so I can say, "yeah, I was thinking that too!"
Kevin
"North of Nowhere finds ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight celebrating his 49th birthday by retreating to his cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he laments his personal and career failures. Eventually, though, McKnight is coaxed out with the prospect of a poker game, hosted by wealthy contractor Winston Vargas, only to have the game interrupted by armed men in masks, who empty Vargas's safe and leave clues suggesting that Alex and his fellow players engineered the heist.
Now, McKnight really ha
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Laurel Deloria
Lying facedown on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of police chief Roy Maven's lead suspects. #4 in the series. Hamilaton tells a good story
Scott Fackenthall
Nov 29, 2015 Scott Fackenthall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Steve. Alex McKnight stumbles into a more trouble when he agrees to a poker game that is interrupted by thief so that steal money from Vargas safe. His cabin is burned down, his friends accused of stealing the money, Maven is on his ass so he bails all out in a shoot out with the Blondie bad guy.
Janice
This is one of my favorite series now. Alex McKnight, former Detroit cop, lives in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) in a log cabin he and his Dad built. His friend and barkeep, Jackie, tries to cheer him up by asking him to sit in on the next poker game that is to be at a rich millionaire's home. We next find Alex lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head when the game and home is robbed , and McKnight is one of the suspects. Next is the disappearance of Alex's best fri ...more
Phyllis
This is the first Alex McNight mystery I have read. Set in northern Michigan the story begins with a group of men who have met to play poker but quickly become involved in a robbery who did it mystery. I enjoyed the book specifically because I didn't/couldn't anticipate the ending.
Dee
Jul 08, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This was the first Steve Hamilton book I read which led me to read many of his stories about Alex McKnight in Paradise, Michigan (in the U.P.) His friend Jackie who owns & operates the pub in Paradise gets Alex out of his morose self-absorption off to solving another mystery.
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