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.
(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
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
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
The killer, a man nam...more
As the bodies begin to pile up, the murderer makes contact with our hero and Alex reali...more
Not that this isn't a good read. I finished it in record time. Frowning for an acceptable...more
SH is a brand new author for me and this will no...more
While I happened to read book one first, I have since skipped around depending on what is available on CD or at my library. Though there is a time line, each book offers catch-up information so reading...more
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
Page turning suspense, a tortured hero and...more
The characters in Hamilton's Michigan take themselves very, very seriously. That's not to say they're not fun to read about, but there's certainly more angst than I was looking for.
That said, the plot moved along well, and I was genuinely in suspense at a number of places. The twist at the end didn't blindside me, but I...more
Pretty pedestrian dialogue, nothing in the way of police procedural knowledge, not much suspense, and a rather plodding plot. I...more
Descriptions of the land and water (Lake Superior i...more
This book ended up being really good! It was very interesting, I've already recommended it to people!
I'm still reading this book, but so far, it's really interesting! It's a mystery, and it's definitely keeping me on the edge of my seat. So far, there's a homicide in a small town where crimes like this are VERY uncommon. And a former cop, with a bullet stuck in his chest, is forced to be involved, when he sees the murder scene and gets a call at 3 in the morning from a mystery person,...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