A Cold Day In Paradise (Alex McKnight #1)
Other than the bullet lodged near his heart, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-f...more
I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read something between Lee Child and James Lee Burke. And dress warm.
Winner of the Edg...more
SH is a brand new author for me and this will no...more
How glad I am, I got into the book instantly and finished it the same day. The style of the book reminds me of one of my favourite authors, Harlan Coban. The story is fast paced and full of action and more than a hint of humour.
Thank you Jan I will be reading more of this author.
Alex McKnight is an ex-cop from Detroit who moved back to his old summering place, Paradise, Michigan, where his dad built a set of hunting and fishing camps. He left the police force after a particularly...more
And it is certainly a page-turner. After about the first third, you will want to finish the book at a single sitting because the author paces the suspense well.
But it is a first novel and not perfect. There are some big holes in the plot. The most...more
Not that this isn't a good read. I finished it in record time. Frowning for an acceptable...more
I think Hamilton could have done so much more. McKnight is an ok main character but not very deep. I like it when a character has some little words that make me pause. (I did chuckle a few times though.) Or, if more of the silent type, then there better be some meaningful action. Driving back and forth...more
McKnight is an engaging character in a rugged setting who might be called the reluctant detective. But this is one case he can't avoid, as it seems his past is coming back to haunt him. Well-written, action packed story with good characters. Read in the ho...more
The main character Alex McKnight is an ex-cop with a horror story in his past. His partner lies six feet in the ground, and McKnight has bullet lodged in his chest to show for it. He's moved to the far nort...more
The ending was off for me, only because I didn't expect it, and it wasn't what I wanted to have happen, but that's OK. It was just unexpected, so that is probably why.
It was a very well written mystery, and can't wait to read the next one with Alex McKnight!
Things I liked:
1. Fairly fast-paced, a couple good plot twists in the second half save what for a while appears to be a humdrum storyline.
2. The setting is Michigan's upper peninsula; Hamilton does a good job incorporating the setting into the story. If you're from there or have ever vacationed there, it's worth reading just for this.
Things I disliked:
1. The protagonist and a few charact...more
McKnight was a nice protagonist and I enjoyed his back story as well.
A nice quick read if you like mysteries and psychopaths.
(On all detectives having upsetting pasts) I think books need to be about interesting people, and it's possiblethat people with "upsetting pasts" are, all other things being equal,more interesting to us as readers than those without. That said, offthe top of my head I can only think of Matt Scudder that fits thedescription. Who else is there?
(On Alex's emotional baggage)I g...more
The Lock Artist. This was a stand alone book and it still stands out as one of my better reads. With a new novel coming out in July and the primary character of the novel being a long running fixture of previous novels, I decided to start with this author's Edgar winning first novel. Well, all I can say is that I have started the second novel in the "Alex McKnight" series. It was very good with enough twists to keep you guessing.