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Ice Run (Alex McKnight #6)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,050 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
The thing was sitting on the hallway carpet, right in front of the door to our room. . . I pulled the napkin off. Underneath was a hat, upside down, filled with ice and snow. . ."What the hell," I said. I bent down and picked it up.

"That's the hat he was wearing, right? The old man downstairs?"
"It is," I said. "But why?"
"Wait a minute," she said. "Is there something else
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Minotaur Books
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Feb 25, 2011 Roberta rated it it was amazing
I've read all the books in the series and I'm starting to feel like Alex McKnight is a real person.

There is a paragraph in this book that I marked to quote.

"I'd known enough liars in my life. You can't be a cop without meeting plenty of them. For the worst of them, the truly hopeless born liars, maybe this is how it all starts, by keeping a tight lid on your own secrets. By never revealing the truth about yourself. When you've learned to control the truth, then you can start bending it. Just a
Nov 25, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darn you, Steve Hamilton!!

How am I supposed to get any work done around the house once I've started one of your Alex McKnight novels?? (*) They are almost impossible to put down, and Ice Run is no exception.

Who knew that there was so much mystery to mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?? (Yeah, OK, Henry Kisor & Joseph Heyward did, but we'll leave them to reviews of their own works.) Even if you do occasionally foray across the border into southwestern Ontario? Yes, your characters - Alex
Matt Allen
Dec 17, 2014 Matt Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
I think it's safe to classify me as a fan of Steve Hamilton's by now. Ice Run is money in the bank and is a good example of why.

The Alex McKnight series has created memorable characters and locales that are so easy to fit right back into, a warm glove. The series (and Ice Run) has a pitch-perfect balance of setting, plot, and dialogue. The pace crackles but doesn't move so fast that you can't feel the cold in your bones, the intrigue of the plot, and the emotion of the characters. In fact, there
The fisticuffs and slit eyebrows and concussions and cracked ribs get really, really, really, really, really tiresome and repetitive in this series. Alex should be dead by now from CTE if not blood loss and what HAS TO BE a migrating bullet near his heart, given all the punches he's taken to the chest. Hamilton writes great scenes but his plotting and wrap-ups leave much to be desired. I need a break from this series. He writes just as well or better than C.J. Box and William Kent Krueger (both ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this as an audiobook on the drive up to Mackinac for summer vacation. I freely admit the narrator (whose name eludes me) didn't help the book's case, but here's my review, in summary.

Oh, my, GOD. She looked at me with THOSE EYES. GOD DAMMIT ALL! Son of A bitch. Good guy! Bad guy! Family feud! THOSE EYES! Blood. Blood! Spinning! THOSE EYEEEES! That face! GOD DAMMIT ALL!

Perhaps if I'd read other books in the series, the characters might've resonated more; I suspect that, overall, th
Richard Brand
it is not clear how the romance will end. The couple were together at the end of the book. But it is open ended meaning Hamilton can get a different girl friend for his hero if he needs one. It is in a James Lee Burke style. Independent guy. Ex cop. Doesn't always think first. Has some very loyal and helpful friends. Hero gets beat up badly. This is a love interest. The Grant boys get the raw end of the deal all the way around. The Deus ex machina of a solution is a video tape. I wanted to finis ...more
Hamilton writes really well, but some things in his stories really irritates me. In this book, Natalie Reynaud was all over the place and really annoying. Also, I understand it's a story, but there are some things an ex cop and or a current cop wouldn't do. As I like Hamilton's writing style, I will continue to read the books and finish the series; I just hope the rest of the series is put together a little better (not all over the place) and a little more believable.
Sep 11, 2014 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting page-turner, but not up to the usual standards of the series. Motives, characters, and plot are just a touch too unbelievable for me. Alex has gotten himself beat-up a few too many times, and Natalie has just gotten annoying as his eager-then-reluctant girlfriend. Still, the cold, stormy, remote, life-threatening Upper Peninsula is almost a character in itself, and scary as it is, it's far less dangerous than that dark, ocean-sized lake out there.
Haw Kuang
Aug 04, 2015 Haw Kuang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time to read Hamilton and enjoyed it very much. But it revealed too much of the previous books in the series, which make it less desirable for me to read them. Perhaps I should have read it from #1 in the series. Anyway, it was a good read and glad to find a new author to follow.
Laurie Blacker
Oct 16, 2016 Laurie Blacker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love being in the middle of a good series

Can wait for the next one! It'll be a sad day when I get to the end of this series.
Nov 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-book, gr8
all the Mcknight series of novels draw me in as if I am there and I am just captivated and do not want to stop reading until I am thru the whole book. I usually read them in 1 to 2 days.
Sep 29, 2013 wally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamilton
1st from hamilton for me. ice run, (alex mcknight, #6). paperback, 2004...dedicated to nonna and donna

story begins:
in a land of hard winters, the hardest of all is the winter that fills you with false hope. it's the kind of winter that starts out easy. you get the white christmas, but it's a light snow, six inches tops, the stuff that makes everything look like a postcard. the sun comes out during the day. you can take your coat off if you're working hard enough. the nights are quiet. the stars
Mar 20, 2017 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another confusing cast of characters, covering 4 generations. Still a page-turner, though. Always enjoy these escapes.
Michael T Bradley
Jul 01, 2016 Michael T Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to say here, but I definitely enjoyed this one. Super brief plot synopsis: Natalie & Alex are now dating or some damn thing, and her past comes back to haunt her in a manner that confused me to the point that I just stopped even trying to figure out the family history & focused on the "present-day" action.

Alex's misadventures are getting a bit more preposterous with each outing, but here's what I liked:

1) his relationship with Natalie is explored & NOT written out in one or
Aug 10, 2016 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ice Run was a book that had a style all its own. I have not previously read Steve Hamilton (and am not sure I will again), but it was well worth giving him a chance.

The book is basically about two cops - one in the US (Alex) and one in Canada (Natalie). I don't know much about their backstory other than they have worked together on a past police matter (I am sure one of the earlier Alex McKnight series books would give me the answer). When this story starts out, they are casually dating. Neit
Jan 04, 2010 Franchesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love their crime/suspense book with a touch of romance
Recommended to Franchesca by: my uncle? who gave this book as a xmas gift for me?
Shelves: whodunit-plots
For some reason, it reads like a romance novel which incidentally is also a crime/thriller novel. Critics have written that Hamilton has written it in a masculine way though for the life of me I couldn't see how. I'm glad though that he did not create a simpering woman for his male protagonist (who I think is rather wise and mature, in an oddly hilarious way. I understand though that not everyone would see it the same way I do) who did not faint at the merest sound. I have to say though that the ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Annthelibrarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Alex McKnight has a new girlfriend, Natalie, a woman who is an Ontario Provincial Police officer. Their relationship is very sudden, very intense. But of course if you’ve read previous books in the series you know that Alex is going to find his way to trouble- and as often as not through no fault of his own. This time trouble begins at the Ojibway Hotel in Sault St. Marie, Michigan (the Soo) when an old man watches Alex while he’s there with Natalie. Later he delivers a hat to them saying, “I kn ...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
Dean W
Sep 13, 2012 Dean W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is the 6th of the Alex McKnight book series it was the first book I read and it was not the last Steve Hamilton book I read. I continued to read another three of his books because I really enjoyed this first one, "Ice Run", and with each book I continued to learn about Alex McKnight even more. When you think things can't get any worse for one person in life they get worse for Alex McKnight. He is confronted by an elderly man he doesn't remember by the elderly man sure does. Bein ...more
Robin Jonathan Deutsch
I am a big fan of Steve Hamilton and am working my way through the entire Alex McKnight series. I've liked them all ... they are generally quick and interesting read. Perhaps there are simply too many of them and they start to run together, but this one just didn't pass the test for me. It seemed a little forced to me, a bit contrived, a bit too much. I have two more to read and they'll be on a summer day when I want to get a quick read done at the beach.

That said, Hamilton's Lock Artist is one
Kitty Myers
I am being generous giving ICE RUN 3 stars. I do so because I love the characters and especially the location. (I am in the process of re-reading the whole series.) But this story seemed forced; it didn't ring true. I have never cared for the character of Natalie, and I grew to hate her while reading ICE RUN. I'm sure Steve Hamilton began with the germ of a good idea here, then something went wrong. Maybe he was blocked or hurried, or maybe he ran out of ideas. Whatever; the story just didn't wo ...more
In this sixth Alex McKnight story, Alex is on a romantic get-away with Natalie Reynaud, the Canadian policewoman that was in the last story, and Alex is happier than he can remember than he has been in a long time. Then they find a threatening message in their hotel room along with a picture of Natalie's father and grand-father which is written, 'They were here, so was I. I know what happened.' Alex and Natalie must now face a terrible family secret together. I'm always looking and waiting for t ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Hamilton is one fine writer.His writing is compelling and one of those need to finish one more chapter kind of book.This was the sixth in his Alex McKnight series. Alex an ex cop from Detroit now living in Paradise Michigan.He owns some cabins that he rents out and is the kind of guy who helps friends in need.This time it is his lady love that we met in Blood Is In The Sky.How McKnight manages to survive the troubles he finds himself in is a mystery.It is winter in Paradise and Alex has to find ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself absolutely lost in this book and as the story progressed, I couldn't wait to get to the end. I was however, so disappointed with the ending! I have so many unanswered questions from the plot. The author built the story with many twists and turns, and my impression is that it was all wrapped up too quickly in the last 50 pages. I would still give Steve Hamilton another try though, not sure which of his books I may come across yet...
Jul 07, 2013 Lacorota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just good to re-visit familiar characters: Alex, Vinnie, Jackie et. Al. Hamilton, again, does a superb job of bringing the Michigan U.P. landscape into the story. Without it, it'd be lifeless. If you need something to cool off a hot summer, read Ice Run. Glad Alex FINALLY found a woman to go crazy over.

It's great seeing the author's gradual change with each successive installment. Either I've adapted, or his style seems far smoother than the first book.
Jul 20, 2013 Caro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to look forward to each book in this series, despite the fact that the plots are getting a bit contrived, and in this one poor Alex gets beaten up almost as much as Jack Reacher. The mysteries are not solved so much as revealed at some length by various characters. But I like these for the Great Lakes setting and for the series characters, particularly poor hapless Leon and loyal Vinnie.
Sandy D.
Apr 01, 2010 Sandy D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery set mostly in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan for those who don't know) and adjacent Ontario. Hamilton gets the atmosphere just right, and the characters are interesting and the story has lots of suspense and fascinating historic tidbits.

It was also fun to read about Mackinac Island in February, with people snowmobiling across the lake to get to the all but deserted resort in the summer in Michigan when all the tourists are lining up to buy fudge.
Diane C.
Jun 08, 2016 Diane C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with most of the criticisms of this book from other reviewers. The blunt, repetitive prose, the unrealistic amount of abuse the main character suffers (should have killed him), the tiresome vacillating about the romance on the part of his Canadian cop girlfriend. But I couldn't put this book down, you don't want to do anything else, and he weaves the mystery together very well.

I recommend! Fun, intense read and part of the time in Canada, a bonus.
Sep 19, 2011 Stefani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the basic plotline and found myself wanting to continue read until all hours. That being said, I think the author overdid it quite a bit with the mushy love parts. I love a good romance, but this is definitely not one. I really could have done without all G** D****t's too! Juast unneccessary. )f course, I will finish out the rest of the books in the series because I really do enjoy this authoir and character!
Donald Baker
This book followed what I considered the best of the series. And this one is the worst of the series by far.

Alex and his girlfriend drive all over the UP chasing one lead or crisis after another. He runs the wheels of his truck driving. I kept telling myself that if he gets in that truck one more time I will stop reading. Of course I didn't. This one was not a quick read like the others. It drug on and the plot was contrived.
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