The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight, #3)
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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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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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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 Grant 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...more
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...more

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...more
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
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...more
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!!!
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
Terry Caldwell
The first half was good, but I didn't enjoy the way the story went. It is a page-turner though.
In classic PI fashion, Alex McKnight gets pulled into a case where nothing is what it seems. His clients lie to him. The people around his clients lie too. Figuring out what's true and what's false is interrupted by beatings from thugs and shotgun-wielding cops. And a great deal of alcohol is consumed.
not the best book in the series this far, pretty slow compared to others but still love the series. Alex mcknight is great, looking forward to the next book.
Jim Nolt
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
Good mystery with lots of twists and turns. Loved the baseball references.
K.A. Krisko
Another great ride through Michigan with Alex McKnight. I guess what I like best about these books (this is the third I've read) is the great attention to detail. You feel like you could go to where the story's taking place and take every turn and end up at the exact house or bar or building, and it would be there just exactly as described. You could probably go stay in McKnight's rental cabins. You become part of the little community over time; you know what everyone looks like and is apt to do...more
I just couldn't get into this the author...this particular book just didn't resonate with me.
A very fast paced mystery. Keeps you guessing until the very end. However, this is the 3rd book in the series, and frankly, I am getting a little tired of seeing Alex playing the sap. He was a police officer for 8 yrs, and he can't read people at all, and he trust everyone and allows himself to be sucked into everyone's problems. Its getting a little old. I have no plans to stop reading the series, I already have the next book checked out from the library, but I hope Alex gets wise to people pre...more
Very good, but shy of great. In general, and thankfully so, Hamilton isn't heavy handed with vulgarity. However a phone conversation scene towards the end didn't bode well with generalities. The twist and reverse twists though, were nicely done. "I didn't see that coming" is always a good sign of a noteworthy mystery. And Alex McKnight is a likeable, though gullible, private investigator. His character and the regional quirks of the UP locale make for an overall enjoyable mystery series.
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