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North Of Nowhere (Alex McKnight #4)

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Lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of police chief Roy Maven's lead suspects. Worse, Vargas's own sense of vigilante justice has targeted the former private eye as well, and ...more
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Published July 15th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 8th 2002)
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Julia
This is the kind of book you pick up on a weekend away at a friend's holiday house when you realize that you've left the new Lee Child that you were planning to read behind at home. You haven't read any of the others in the series but it looks reasonably intriguing and it's fewer than 200 pages, so you figure there'll be time to knock it off before you have to head home on Sunday. The engaging writing style quickly pulls you in and you find yourself enjoying the narrator's witticisms. It's a sto ...more
Harry Roger Williams III
I gave each of the first three titles in this series four stars. It's time to be honest and admit, "It was amazing." His craft is such that his artistry is subtle and "off screen." Hamilton gets better and better. The satisfying conclusion left questions hanging about the fate of a couple of the characters. I find myself willing to live with that uncertainty, and curious if their fate will unfold in one of the future volumes. I can tell you this: I am leaving for the library after writing this, ...more
Michael T Bradley
Definitely my favorite McKnight novel in at least two books. There's really no way to capture the thrill of the original book at this point, and some of my favorite subplots (did that girl he was into just leave? I don't even remember) have obviously fallen by the wayside by now. This one is a fun sort of one-off, like the last one, and ridiculously overwrought, but it's extremely fun to watch it unfold. Mystery novels are strange in that you kind of have to force yourself to think LESS, because ...more
Lori
Didn't like it as well as the first 3, but I did finish it. Will see how he does for me with #4. I think the story in this one was a little less compelling than usual. I also have a teeny complaint with the dialogue he gives the rich guy's wife. She's cheating on her nouveau riche and wannabe tough guy husband, but that's no reason to make her a snotty bitch to everyone she encounters. I didn't believe she'd speak to a stranger the way she did to McKnight. Made her seem a little cartoonish and I ...more
Carol
I spent several weeks every summer when I was growing up in a cabin on Lake Shore Drive on Whitefish Bay. Even as an adult living on the east coast I would return to the lake just about every summer. Steve Hamilton's description of the places and people is right on. I can follow every turn that he makes and I feel like I know all the people. Maybe if you haven't had this experience the books are not quite as good but they still seem to me to be a good read for the genre. A great fast read and br ...more
Matt Allen
Steve Hamilton writes a story that moves. I've read Hamilton four times and haven't been disappointed yet.

Here's how I think of Hamilton--it's a bit like a fireworks show. The first four McKnight novels have the same kind of feel to them. It would be hard to me to differentiate them from one another. I also don't know how many specific plot details I'll remember months from now, but while I'm in the middle of it, it crackles, sizzles, and is a darn good show.

North of Nowhere sports a simple en
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Maddy
He’s just turned 49 years old, and failure seems to be the theme of his life. He’s failed at marriage, at a career in baseball, as a police officer and partner and as a private investigator. Living in a remote cabin in Paradise, Michigan, Alex McKnight has begun to isolate himself from the world. But his friend, Jackie, proprietor of a bar and restaurant that is Alex’s refuge, won’t let his pal become a hermit. He shows up at Alex’s door and offers him one of two options—he will pay Alex’s expen ...more
Gloria Feit

A reader can always count on vivid descriptions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Lake Superior, the weather, and similar environmental factors. To some degree, these all play a role in this tale. However, human greed and stupidity are the major components of the plot, which begins with Alex McKnight suffering from an apparent fit of depression. (It should perhaps be noted that this novel was written over a decade ago, now available for the first time in paperback.)

His friend, Jackie Connery,
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Amy Lignor
Fans will cheer! Alex McKnight is back and better than ever.

Anti-social is really the best phrase to sum up what Alex McKnight is feeling lately. Keeping to himself, the only thing he seems to do is go out for meals at the Glasgow Inn. On the evening of his 49th birthday Alex begins recounting to Jackie, the Inn’s owner, the list of failures he’s had in his life. With a failed marriage and an up-and-coming baseball career that fizzled out, he even goes on to tell Jackie about his job as a police
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LJ
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Hamilton, Steve
No longer a cop, inactive as a private eye, classic loner Alex McKnight has retreated to his lakeside cabin. In fact, Alex has become so much a recluse in the little town of Paradise in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that his few friends are worried about him. That leads Jackie Connery, the Scottish-raised proprietor of the bar where Alex sometimes hangs out, to badger him into joining a friendly power game at the home of Win Vargas. Before Alex can even work up a g
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Jodi
This is the fourth in the Alex McKnight series, and a long-overdue return for me. Alex appears more troubled and depressed than usual, not coming out of his cabin for quite some time. His good friend Jackie drags him out for a poker game, from which things spiral out of control, get Alex out of his cabin for good and back into investigating, and calls into question the relationships of the people who make up Alex's world. The writing is clean and sparse (much appreciated in the days of 400+ page ...more
George Steininger
Alex again gets dragged into trouble by his friends. My first HAMILTON book was # 5 in the series. I then read books 1 - 4. This one was my least favorite of the 1st five. I lived in Holland, Mi. and have a familiarity with Hwy 31 and many of the sites described. I now live in Texas and I don't know many people who read this series. I don't find many copied of Hamilton's books at my local used book stores.
Dick Gullickson
The best part of this "read at the beach" book (I did) is the setting. The Michigan UP on the shores of Lake Superior provides the atmosphere that makes the story compelling. Aside from the atmosphere, the plot is contrived. And this is a rare book with absolutely no romance. Still, I've added Steve's original best seller to my reading list.
Kevin
"North of Nowhere finds ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight celebrating his 49th birthday by retreating to his cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he laments his personal and career failures. Eventually, though, McKnight is coaxed out with the prospect of a poker game, hosted by wealthy contractor Winston Vargas, only to have the game interrupted by armed men in masks, who empty Vargas's safe and leave clues suggesting that Alex and his fellow players engineered the heist.
Now, McKnight really ha
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Jon
I've been reading these engaging page-turners in order. So far they are all of the same high quality. Good characters, good dialogue, deceptively complex plots with devious twists right to the end. This one, thank goodness, is not buried in Upper Peninsula snow.
Maynard
Author Steve Hamilton takes us to the cold north, along the shore of Lake Superior, where trees, bars, cabins and a few tiny towns make up most of the landscape. But that doesn't keep greed and bad guys from finding a way to turn the quiet into a living hell for our cast of characters.
Granuaille
Plot reasonable - only just enough to encourage me to finish the book.

Suspense - little

Characterization - the largest character is the countryside - prompted me to look up the atlas

Good enough to finish, but otherwise unremarkable
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
Mary Sue
Alex McKnight has a bad habit. He leaps before looking. He fiercely defends his friends. Only much later does he think things through. He is a hood friend even to a fiesty chihuahua.
Keith Bell
One of the best series out there. A realist antagonist and great writing. Going through Steve's books at random and am hooked every time I dig in.
Jerry
Another satisfying outing in the upper Peninsula with Alex McKnight. This time summer is in full swing. One thing I love about this series is the setting and atmosphere. Alex is a former farm league ball player who spent 8 years as a Detroit cop. He now spends his time managing a few vacation cabins and enjoying the solitude and isolation of the UP. Of course trouble seems to find McKnight and smack him around. This time he is playing poker with some friends when a home invasion robbery puts him ...more
Lenore
Good solid detective writing. Quick read but I always want to read the next Alex McKnight book so Hamilton is doing something that catches my reading attention.
Cheryl
A quick read. The descriptions of the Upper Peninsula were enjoyable, but there wasn't much of a plot.
Joe Minten
My first Alex Knight. It was a fun read. I think I'll try the first Alex Knight novel.
Shelly
Alex, Alex, Alex - he can't win. He goes to a poker night with a good friend, mostly to get said friend off his back about being a hermit, and winds up with a gun to his head as three men rob the house. He has to put up with the police chief, who thinks his friend was involved, and the homeowner who thinks HE was involved. So much for a nice evening!
Typical of Alex, he crashes around a bit trying to figure out what really happened and getting beat up. And typical of Alex, at the end he might hav
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Melliott
Very twisty, kept me going!
Katie
The only good thing about being sick is that I can finally finish all these half-read books!

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, it was a bit slow in the beginning, but it picked right up after a few chapters.
K.A. Krisko
Aug 13, 2013 K.A. Krisko rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers, Michigan residents
Shelves: mystery
Hmmm. Well, this is the first Alex McKnight mystery I haven't rated four stars. I didn't like this one as much as the first three. I guess I didn't care for the source of the violent crime that was committed; it seemed both trite and unlikely. There were the usual twists & turns and the great scene descriptions, but the interactions between the protagonist and some of his buddies seemed tired and once again, unlikely. Well, everyone's gotta have an off-day, I guess. I'm on to #5 in the serie ...more
Wyma
I can see why Hamilton has garnered a couple of Edgars. Waiting for Cold Day in Paradise, I checked this one out and was immediately drawn into the story. Hamilton creates believable characters and an action-filled plot. This solitary almost-wilderness on the edge of Lake Superior is lovingly described and is pivotal to the plot. But there's no one in this story I really identify with; I liked the setting more than the people, and I suspect that will be the case in the next. We'll see.
Jim Nolt
In "North of Nowhere," Steve Hamilton delivers yet another entertaining and exciting story from the Upper Peninsula. This time, Alex McKnight becomes a victim when a friendly poker game among friends becomes the target of armed robbers. But all, of course, is not as it seems, and McKnight must sort though a series of lies and deception among those friends to sort out the truth. I like Hamilton's McKnight character and will return for more soon.
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