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Ice Run (Alex McKnight #6)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,174 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Alex McKnight is in love. Even though he met Natalie Reynaud, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police, under difficult circumstances, they share a common bond of solitude, as well as the same nightmare - they’re both cops who buried their partners. It’s Alex’s first real relationship in years, which in some ways is terrifying. But Natalie has her own fears to deal wi ...more
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published June 1st 2004)
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Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darn you, Steve Hamilton!!

How am I supposed to get any work done around the house once I've started one of your Alex McKnight novels?? (*) They are almost impossible to put down, and Ice Run is no exception.

Who knew that there was so much mystery to mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?? (Yeah, OK, Henry Kisor & Joseph Heyward did, but we'll leave them to reviews of their own works.) Even if you do occasionally foray across the border into southwestern Ontario? Yes, your characters - Alex
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the books in the series and I'm starting to feel like Alex McKnight is a real person.

There is a paragraph in this book that I marked to quote.

"I'd known enough liars in my life. You can't be a cop without meeting plenty of them. For the worst of them, the truly hopeless born liars, maybe this is how it all starts, by keeping a tight lid on your own secrets. By never revealing the truth about yourself. When you've learned to control the truth, then you can start bending it. Just a
Matt Allen
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
I think it's safe to classify me as a fan of Steve Hamilton's by now. Ice Run is money in the bank and is a good example of why.

The Alex McKnight series has created memorable characters and locales that are so easy to fit right back into, a warm glove. The series (and Ice Run) has a pitch-perfect balance of setting, plot, and dialogue. The pace crackles but doesn't move so fast that you can't feel the cold in your bones, the intrigue of the plot, and the emotion of the characters. In fact, there
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fisticuffs and slit eyebrows and concussions and cracked ribs get really, really, really, really, really tiresome and repetitive in this series. Alex should be dead by now from CTE if not blood loss and what HAS TO BE a migrating bullet near his heart, given all the punches he's taken to the chest. Hamilton writes great scenes but his plotting and wrap-ups leave much to be desired. I need a break from this series. He writes just as well or better than C.J. Box and William Kent Krueger (both ...more
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this as an audiobook on the drive up to Mackinac for summer vacation. I freely admit the narrator (whose name eludes me) didn't help the book's case, but here's my review, in summary.

Oh, my, GOD. She looked at me with THOSE EYES. GOD DAMMIT ALL! Son of A bitch. Good guy! Bad guy! Family feud! THOSE EYES! Blood. Blood! Spinning! THOSE EYEEEES! That face! GOD DAMMIT ALL!

Perhaps if I'd read other books in the series, the characters might've resonated more; I suspect that, overall, th
Richard Brand
it is not clear how the romance will end. The couple were together at the end of the book. But it is open ended meaning Hamilton can get a different girl friend for his hero if he needs one. It is in a James Lee Burke style. Independent guy. Ex cop. Doesn't always think first. Has some very loyal and helpful friends. Hero gets beat up badly. This is a love interest. The Grant boys get the raw end of the deal all the way around. The Deus ex machina of a solution is a video tape. I wanted to finis ...more
Hamilton writes really well, but some things in his stories really irritates me. In this book, Natalie Reynaud was all over the place and really annoying. Also, I understand it's a story, but there are some things an ex cop and or a current cop wouldn't do. As I like Hamilton's writing style, I will continue to read the books and finish the series; I just hope the rest of the series is put together a little better (not all over the place) and a little more believable.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting page-turner, but not up to the usual standards of the series. Motives, characters, and plot are just a touch too unbelievable for me. Alex has gotten himself beat-up a few too many times, and Natalie has just gotten annoying as his eager-then-reluctant girlfriend. Still, the cold, stormy, remote, life-threatening Upper Peninsula is almost a character in itself, and scary as it is, it's far less dangerous than that dark, ocean-sized lake out there.
Haw Kuang
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time to read Hamilton and enjoyed it very much. But it revealed too much of the previous books in the series, which make it less desirable for me to read them. Perhaps I should have read it from #1 in the series. Anyway, it was a good read and glad to find a new author to follow.
Laurie Blacker
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love being in the middle of a good series

Can wait for the next one! It'll be a sad day when I get to the end of this series.
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-book, gr8
all the Mcknight series of novels draw me in as if I am there and I am just captivated and do not want to stop reading until I am thru the whole book. I usually read them in 1 to 2 days.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamilton
1st from hamilton for me. ice run, (alex mcknight, #6). paperback, 2004...dedicated to nonna and donna

story begins:
in a land of hard winters, the hardest of all is the winter that fills you with false hope. it's the kind of winter that starts out easy. you get the white christmas, but it's a light snow, six inches tops, the stuff that makes everything look like a postcard. the sun comes out during the day. you can take your coat off if you're working hard enough. the nights are quiet. the stars
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superfast paced book, lots of action

What the author(s) do with this series: Steve Hamilton started off slow but gets better and better This is part of the series called the Alex McKnight Novels. This paragraph applies to all books in this series. Alex is a former pro baseball player and a former cop. Both of those careers ended before they barely got started. McKnight becomes a very reluctant private investigator and brings a level of expertise not seen in most books.

The author always gives us
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do really like this series and these characters. The mystery certainly took some twists. In this outing, however, Alex does make some really dumb choices for a man who was once a cop and a P.I. I love that he's a flawed and fallible character with baggage, but when he's does stuff like that it smacks of action used to propel the story forward and nothing that a relatively intelligent man of his background would do. I'd rather have seen him pull off something a bit more clever to propel the sto ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I really like this author and this series.
Jerry King
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colin Slider
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoying the series - Alex McKnight is a little naive, with some genuine flaws, which is one of the things that makes the series
Sarah Alawami
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really thought alex was going to die in this series. The author describes very well what trouble he's in this time and I feel like I'm really there as he goes through his trials.
Steve Sawczyn
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another confusing cast of characters, covering 4 generations. Still a page-turner, though. Always enjoy these escapes.
Michael T Bradley
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to say here, but I definitely enjoyed this one. Super brief plot synopsis: Natalie & Alex are now dating or some damn thing, and her past comes back to haunt her in a manner that confused me to the point that I just stopped even trying to figure out the family history & focused on the "present-day" action.

Alex's misadventures are getting a bit more preposterous with each outing, but here's what I liked:

1) his relationship with Natalie is explored & NOT written out in one or
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ice Run was a book that had a style all its own. I have not previously read Steve Hamilton (and am not sure I will again), but it was well worth giving him a chance.

The book is basically about two cops - one in the US (Alex) and one in Canada (Natalie). I don't know much about their backstory other than they have worked together on a past police matter (I am sure one of the earlier Alex McKnight series books would give me the answer). When this story starts out, they are casually dating. Neit
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love their crime/suspense book with a touch of romance
Recommended to Franchesca by: my uncle? who gave this book as a xmas gift for me?
Shelves: whodunit-plots
For some reason, it reads like a romance novel which incidentally is also a crime/thriller novel. Critics have written that Hamilton has written it in a masculine way though for the life of me I couldn't see how. I'm glad though that he did not create a simpering woman for his male protagonist (who I think is rather wise and mature, in an oddly hilarious way. I understand though that not everyone would see it the same way I do) who did not faint at the merest sound. I have to say though that the ...more
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Alex McKnight has a new girlfriend, Natalie, a woman who is an Ontario Provincial Police officer. Their relationship is very sudden, very intense. But of course if you’ve read previous books in the series you know that Alex is going to find his way to trouble- and as often as not through no fault of his own. This time trouble begins at the Ojibway Hotel in Sault St. Marie, Michigan (the Soo) when an old man watches Alex while he’s there with Natalie. Later he delivers a hat to them saying, “I kn ...more
Brian Clapper
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dean W
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is the 6th of the Alex McKnight book series it was the first book I read and it was not the last Steve Hamilton book I read. I continued to read another three of his books because I really enjoyed this first one, "Ice Run", and with each book I continued to learn about Alex McKnight even more. When you think things can't get any worse for one person in life they get worse for Alex McKnight. He is confronted by an elderly man he doesn't remember by the elderly man sure does. Bein ...more
Robin Jonathan Deutsch
I am a big fan of Steve Hamilton and am working my way through the entire Alex McKnight series. I've liked them all ... they are generally quick and interesting read. Perhaps there are simply too many of them and they start to run together, but this one just didn't pass the test for me. It seemed a little forced to me, a bit contrived, a bit too much. I have two more to read and they'll be on a summer day when I want to get a quick read done at the beach.

That said, Hamilton's Lock Artist is one
Kitty Myers
I am being generous giving ICE RUN 3 stars. I do so because I love the characters and especially the location. (I am in the process of re-reading the whole series.) But this story seemed forced; it didn't ring true. I have never cared for the character of Natalie, and I grew to hate her while reading ICE RUN. I'm sure Steve Hamilton began with the germ of a good idea here, then something went wrong. Maybe he was blocked or hurried, or maybe he ran out of ideas. Whatever; the story just didn't wo ...more
In this sixth Alex McKnight story, Alex is on a romantic get-away with Natalie Reynaud, the Canadian policewoman that was in the last story, and Alex is happier than he can remember than he has been in a long time. Then they find a threatening message in their hotel room along with a picture of Natalie's father and grand-father which is written, 'They were here, so was I. I know what happened.' Alex and Natalie must now face a terrible family secret together. I'm always looking and waiting for t ...more
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