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Dead Man Running

(Alex McKnight #11)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,728 ratings  ·  331 reviews
Alex McKnight--hero of Steve Hamilton's bestselling, award-winning, and beloved private eye series--is back in a high-stakes, nail-biting thriller, facing the most dangerous enemy he's ever encountered.

On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Something about his living room seems not quite right--the r
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Larry H
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the last things a man did before he and his wife went on a Mediterranean cruise was set up a security camera at their house. Maybe it seemed a little paranoid, but better safe than sorry, right?

When he's finally able to log on for the first time, his fears are unfounded—wait, why does the living room seem brighter than when they left? Did the front door just open? He watches, aghast, as an intruder enters their house and heads up to their bedroom. While he readies for the intruder to stea
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story feels hollow and incomplete. Little character development. Absurd plot. Bland and formulaic thriller that as, per usual, relies on the rape, torture, and murder of women with little purpose.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured all ten of the books in this series over the course of 5 months or so in 2013/14, so I know Alex McKnight’s history. I’ve missed Alex, and for five years I’ve waited for this book. Over those five years, Alex has been plowing the snow in Paradise, Michigan, chopping wood, spending time in the Glasgow Inn, drinking with Vinnie, and taking the occasional PI case. He now works as a fugitive recovery specialist, aka bounty hunter. But Alex is drawn out of Paradise this time. That allows t ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what this was but it didn't seem like an Alex McKnight book to me. if it wasn't for the author and the character I wouldn't have kept reading as this is not the kind of book I like to read, this was bordering on horror with just one over the top and unbelievable scene after another. Hoping for a much better read, like i am used to, with whatever you write next.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Readers looking forward to another Alex McKnight offering will be disappointed as this is not the typical McKnight tale taking place in the cold north of the Upper Peninsula with friends Vinnie, Jackie—the Proprietor of the Glasgow Inn, and Leon Purdell. Instead, Hamilton has McKnight dragged to Arizona by the FBI as they have captured a particularly nasty serial killer, Martin Livermore, and Martin only wants to talk to Alex. Why? That is the big question, and Hamilton has the plot twist-and- t ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I'm going to be in the minority here, but I really did not enjoy this book.

It is a bit of a departure for Alex McKnight, heading out of Paradise, MI because a serial killer wants to talk to him - a serial killer unknown to him either by sight or name. Martin Livermore promises to lead the FBI and local authorities to proof of his crimes, but only if Alex McKnight is there. Once there, it's clear that while Alex does not know Livermore, Livermore knows plenty about him, from his minor league base
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a “start reading, finish reading” book! Steve Hamilton’s Alex McKnight series is another favorite of mine! This hunt for the most vile serial killer is a thrill a minute!
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. The book began with a interesting scene. A couple vacationing on a cruise ship log onto the cameras in their home to be sure everything is secure back in Arizona. Imagine their astonishment as they see a dead woman posed in their bed and a creepy guy abusing the corpse. The FBI quickly realizes the pattern of a serial killer and stake out the house for his return. The killer is caught. But, apparently, he intended this to happen. Saying his latest victim is still alive, he refuses to ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive, available
2 1/2*sI know I am probably a minority of one with this rating, and I am usually a fan of Steve Hamilton's work. Hamilton had a great villain here, but there were way too many instances where I could not (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, actually.

Admittedly, I've read only two books in this series, but they were good enough to make me a fan of former cop Alex McKnight. That familiarity made me doubly happy to be approved for an advance review copy from the publisher (via NetGalley). And once again, I wasn't disappointed. In fact - save perhaps for the knock-down, drag-'em-out ending involving almost super-human feats - this is my pick of the litter so far. It was so good, in fact, that I kept reading all the way throu
The Real Book Spy
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex McKnight returns with a bang in Dead Man Running, the thrilling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton.

Alex McKnight, last seen in Let it Burn (2014), is still living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when readers meet back up with the former Detroit cop turned private detective. While he’s still battling the tundra-like winter conditions and living in near isolation, McKnight has a new gig this time around working as a “fugitive recovery agent” (a fancy way of saying b
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A serial killer lets the FBI catch him. He's a genius organized serial killer, so it's all part of the plan to bring Alex McKnight into the fun.

As soon as Alex is brought into the case by the FBI (in this case, they really earn their nickname of Famous But Incompetent) he escapes. The FBI is completely useless, so McKnight trails the killer across the country, until he finds out what the goal really is.

McKnight is a little more competent in this book than usual, but that's not saying a whole lo
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex McKnight's is back in a page turning serial killer hunt in Phoenix. I admit to losing interest in "brilliant" serial killers but Alex McKnight is too strong and complex a protagonist to ignore. He is definitely in his best form in this imaginative thriller.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I waited a long time for this book, so of course I read it way too fast. This is one of my favorite series, and Alex is one of my all time favorite characters. The only downside to this one is that it didn't take place in or near Paradise, MI, so we didn't get to spend time with the series supporting cast like Vinnie, or Leon. But still a book that pulled me in and wouldn't let me stop turning the pages. Bravo Mr. Hamilton... now please write another Alex book!
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Steve Hamilton for bringing back Alex McKnight! It has been too long but well worth the wait. What a thrill ride and heart pounding novel! I couldn't put it down. Please don't wait so long for the next one.

Definitely put this one on your to read list. You'll be sorry if you don't.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so happy to see the return of Michael McKnight. What an awesome story! A heart stopping story with so many twists and turns that keep you wondering what will happen next. A very well written story with an amazing cast of characters. I loved every minute of it and hated to see it end.
Here's hoping we do not have to wait so long for the next Alex McKnight story.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as an audiobook performed by Nick Sullivan, about 8 hours. Although the 11th in a series of Alex McKnight novels, this is my first encounter with the character. As a special treat, the initial setting for the novel is the hot heart of Arizona not all that far from home. I did not feel like I missed anything critical by not having first read the novels that went before.

This is a fast-moving story of a wily serial killer who, after being captured, demands the presence of an ex-cop currently l
Chuck Barksdale
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
After a wait of 5 years and 2 books in his new Nick Mason series, Steve Hamilton has brought back Alex McKnight in Dead Man Running, the eleventh book in this excellent series, one of my favorites. This book starts in a more typical third person style when Jack Thompson, checking his security cameras while on vacation, sees something unusual in his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. This eventually leads to the FBI believing they were seeing serial killer Martin T. Livermore. The FBI is surprised that ...more
Jeff Benham
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The long awaiting return of Alex McKnight finds him out of his environment in Arizona. Some psycho (With the geeky name Martin T. Livermore.) is coming up with new ways to torture and murder young women. He never leaves any clues, until he is ready to get caught. The FBI believe they have finally caught a break, but when they arrest him, the only person he will talk to is Alex. Neither of them have a connection to each other, so the FBI gathers Alex up and flies him to AZ for the interview. Live ...more
Mike Hughes
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
While this is a very good book, an Alex McKnight book it is NOT. What makes this series extra special is the setting and the cast of characters. Agree with some of the other reviewers that i could plug in any character into the lead role and this still be a very good book. But to me, without the normal setting and the characters we have grown to love over the years, this was no Alex book.
Hamilton still produced a book that could have been five stars, but because he put this into this incredible
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
SOOOOO GOOD! The story just blew me away. So fast and full of thrills and scary good.
Steve Hamilton hasn't written anything that disappoints me. I knew all the places in GR because I live here. The journey up north, I knew right where he was at all times and where he was going. There are so many little lakes it could have been any of them. More personal this time than any other for McKnight, I'm hoping Hamilton continues on this line with his ex.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adrenaline, audio
Disappointing. I had read at least one early Hamilton/McKnight title and liked it well-enough, but I found this entry too long, too drawn out, and the hero’s resilience after beatings and his tracking ability totally unbelievable. Alex is flown from Michigan to the Southwest because a recently captured serial murderer wouldn’t talk unless he was present. Alex doesn’t know this man, but the killer knows a lot about him, a scary amount. Nothing goes as planned for the good guys; the killer escapes ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's 2.5 stars (writing not bad, just average in spots- then terrible in other spots) but its chewy/ meaty, torture, dozens of body mutilations and violent death methods per copy count made me round it down.

This is one of those ex-copper genre which has bridged across and gone far into horror category. Beyond norms of a "thriller" by any equivocations. Actually this one is horror with a capital H. HORROR. And fast, slow or in between- lethal. Think S. King fare done with a good looking man who c
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
DEAD MAN RUNNING (Alex McKnight #11)
By Steve Hamilton

This was my first time reading an Alex McKnight book and it could be read as a stand alone even though this is #11 in the series. The pacing is fast and action packed that keeps the pages turning. A man is on a cruise and he has cameras and video set up in his house in Arizona. He studies the video and he sees something off but he can't quite figure out what is wrong. As he rewinds the video he notices the living room drapes are open making th
#11 in the Alex McKnight series. This 2018 series entry by author Hamilton is an enigma. Except for 5 pages of chapter 2 and 3 pages of the Epilogue, this series entry. after a five year hiatus, might be a standalone thriller with the same protagonist name and police experience as the series. It is never adequately explained why the villain put himself so at risk and dependent on the FBI and Alex dancing to his tune. Eventually, his end game is revealed but since it is sufficient to engage Alex ...more
Gloria Feit
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex McKnight has had a long rest: five years since he appeared in the last novel in this great series. And he needed it for this, the 11th novel in the series. It seems a tourist traveling in Europe remotely checks his home where he recently installed security cameras, and discovers an illegal entry. Moreover the intruder, Martin T. Livermore, is having sex on the marital bed. It turns out the female is dead.

Police capture the culprit, who refuses to speak to anyone but Alex McNight, who is tho
Katherine Clark
Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I finished this book several weeks ago.
I am really disappointed by this book.
I adore this series. I love Alex as a protag. But with this latest book, I realize that perhaps what I love as much as Alex as protag is the setting. It takes place around Lake Superior in the UP in Michigan. Hamilton captures this area profoundly. Hamilton also has created terrific side characters. I adore them and their relationship with Alex. In this novel, there is the faintest whisper of the side characters and the
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It's been far too long between Alex McKnight books and I'm not really sure this even qualifies. The best books in this series are set in Michigan and the natural settings of the Upper Peninsula come into play. Here, McKnight is thrown into the middle of a serial killer chase that begins in Arizona before moving across the country (eventually, it must be said, to downstate Michigan). The killer seems to have some connection to McKnight, though Alex can't figure it out for the life of him, and he ...more
Elaine Clark
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I loved all the books I have read by Steve Hamilton except for this one. I think I missed one of the characters, the upper peninsula of MI. This book seemed hurried and the violence and torture too descriptive for my taste. I guess you can’t love them all.
Bill Davis
Sep 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book seemed to be written to fulfill a contract. Very few of the original characters I have come to enjoy, and just predictable violence and craving for violence.
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