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The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight #3)

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In an unprecedented literary feat, Steve Hamilton's debut novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, captured both the prestigious Edgar and Shamus awards. Now the bestselling author presents the third installment in his critically acclaimed mystery series: a complex, atmospheric tale that will plunge listeners back into icy, unpredictable Alex McKnight territory, where the private in ...more
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Published April 6th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2001)
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Michael
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.
Mary Sue
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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Julia
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
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
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Harry Roger Williams III
Complicated and rewarding. (Series) protagonist Alex McKnight is complicated (though not so much as some of the characters he encounters) and so is the plot, but letting Steve Hamilton lead us through its convolutions is a rewarding experience. It has love, treachery, gore and violence, pain and suffering, a bit of hope and a very down-to-earth hero to root for - it's the total package. Within a day of finishing it I tracked down a copy of North Of Nowhere, the next title in this wonderful serie ...more
Thomas Bruso
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
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Jonathan
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
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John

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
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Carol
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
Joyce
I like mysteries because they are a sort of mental floss to me. This was a nice, quick read set right in Michigan. A former baseball teammate hunts Alex McKnight down for the purpose of having him track down the girl who got away. Of course these things are never as simple as they sound and Alex gets himself in all kinds of trouble in a fictional Lake Michigan hamlet known as Orcus Beach. The setting is a cold April much like we are currently experiencing.
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
Andrew
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
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Jon
Some truly funny dialogue in this thriller--and many surprises and twists along the way. The first half could easily have been shorter, but maybe Hamilton thought he needed a lot of space in which to hide clues. In any case the pace picks up in the second half, and all your suspicions about various characters turn out to be (sort of) true, but not in the ways you expected. A skillfully put-together page-turner.
Ann
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
Kat
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Perth Library
A former baseball player who becomes a police officer is wounded in the line of duty and retires to his father's cabin in the woods. When Randy, a colleague from his ball years appears, at his door, the two head out to find the love of Randy's life. Library user Muriel thought The Hunting Wind by Steve Hamilton was a really great read.
Chantel
Alex McKnight agrees to help an old friend find a long lost love. But as the search deepens, he begins to realize that he is an unwilling player in a dangerous game. I don't remember reading this one. Maybe I borrowed it for Randy to listen to? 8 sound discs (7 hrs., 39 min.) Read by Nick Sullivan.
Ted
Hamilton explores cons conning cons and other really dysfunctional relationships in a way that gives the main characters enough depth to make them interesting and believable despite their bizarre personalities. Throughout it, readers will recognize their own foolishness, guile and guillability. Better than its series predecesdors.
Lori
Not as wonderful as the first two, but I'm still interested in Alex McKnight. I think I enjoy the Upper Peninsula better than when he heads into the past and the big city. Will continue the series, and see what develops with McKnight and friends.
Carol/Bonadie
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
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
Leevora
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
Steve Larson
Bit of a slow start for a Hamilton book, yet like the fine series this is a part of the story has you. This one builds and twists in fine fashion. Good summer read. Not a solid secure ending but wraps up nicely.
Vickie
You wouldn't think stories about an ex-cop now living in Michigan's upper peninsula would be all that interesting, but Hamilton writes a very well-plotted story. I'll be continuing with this series.
Terry
the story was interesting, Alex's old friend was a fun character,but also a real pain in the ass (as most of Alex's friends), too bad the ending was weak, I did expect there would be some way to revenge to the villain...
Cherylanne
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
Lenore
This is my third Hamilton book. He was recommended by a library customer who was correct when he said they get better. Reminds me of Elmore Leonard's style.
Julian
Excellent read - good character development, excellent plot, lots of suspense and one that you probably will not figure out! I love these kind of stories! Enjoy!!!
wally
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 there...in 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
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