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Blood Is The Sky (Alex McKnight #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,687 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
Before Blood is the Sky, the Alex McKnight series had already hit bestseller lists and won awards, but this novel took it to a whole new level. Set in the forests of northern Ontario, a land of savage beauty and sudden danger, Blood Is the Sky shows why Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed crime novelists writing today.

Alex McKnight isn't a man with many friends, bu
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Matt Allen
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Steve Hamilton writes clean, full-blooded stories. It's impressive how he packs so much of an experience into relatively few words.

I admit it had been a bit since I'd read the last Alex McKnight and I'd forgotten how much I like Hamilton's style. Light prose that packs a great punch. Blood is the Sky is more of the same. I mean this is only a good way--I don't know if I've read a book of this length (barely over three hundred pages for the mass market paperback) that left me feeling as if I'd b
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An over all 5 star read- 4 for the story line and then I added 1 more for a great series , great characters - all around great novel.... Keep them coming Steve Hamilton.... I just cannot get enough of Alex McKnight !! I'm sure so many others feel the same way too !!
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
I picked up this paperback and was pleasantly surprised. "An Alex McKnight novel" Vinnie is searching for a brother who went to Canada as a guide for 'businessmen from Detroit'. I loved the combination of hard-core city cop and reservation culture. Good stuff.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are several reasons why I like Steve Hamilton's books: 1) Set in the UP in places that I have visited. 2) Simple dialogue and needs a break from James Lee Burke occasionally! 3) Interesting plots and lots of action 4) I just like the way Alex McKnight thinks and talks. Quick, easy, satisfying read. And contrary to what others may say, the books don't have to be read in order. There is enough background to explain who the recurring characters are.
Gloria Feit
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What are friends for? Well, Alex McKnight demonstrates just that in this novel which takes him and his erstwhile friend, Vinnie Le Blanc, on a stormy adventure way up in the wilds of northern Canada. It starts when Vinnie, with whom Alex has been at odds since an event in the previous novel in the series, asks Alex to help him find his brother, who is days overdue returning home after accompanying a hunting party as their scout at a Canadian lodge.

To complicate matters, Vinnie’s brother Tom is o
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
This is the 5th book in the Alex McKnight series by Steve Hamilton and if you are new to the series, consider yourself lucky (but start at the beginning, with A Cold Day In Paradise). This one picks up shortly after North of Nowher as Alex is rebuilding his cabin. His friend Vinnie asks Alex to travel to Canada with him to help find his brother, who has not returned from a hunting expedition.

It's a thrilling read, one of those books that keeps your up late, turning the pages. The first two third
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third novel by Steve Hamilton, and the second in the Alex McKnight series. Steve Hamilton is a great writer, I really enjoy his style. This one is set deep in the Canadian wilderness, with a focus on the relationship between Alex and his good friend and neighbor Vinnie. They take a break from rebuilding Alex's cabin to go find out what has happened to Vinnie's brother, who has gone missing up in the Canadian wilderness. A convicted felon on parole, Vinnie's brother Tom has assumed Vi ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few mysteries set in the upper peninsula of Michigan, where I grew up. I didn't realize that when I bought it.

Alex McKnight is prevailed upon to find a friend's missing brother, who had taken a group of Detroit businessmen on a hunting trip in the wilds of Canada. The more Alex and his friend, Vinnie LeBlanc, look into this the stranger and more dangerous it appears. Alex and Vinnie find themselves far from any help and sitting ducks as targets.

Complicated, absorbing. And with the bi
Harry Roger Williams III
Another gripping adventure. Another chance for series hero Alex McKnight to test the limits of human recuperation and recovery.
This is a hero who suffers without the assurance of survival. He tells you how badly he is hurt, but never says "It's not supposed to be this way."
Bill Belichick says "It is what it is." Alex McKnight says "Pain is not as important as justice." Justice for him is not revenge but rather setting things right when possible, especially when it comes to his friends.
We should
Lynette Barfield
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Light entertaining action. Not as good as some of his others but still Very readable. Good friends, good food and a certain amount of humor as well as interesting locations help to keep up the suspense and action. I like his writing style a lot.
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
It's been too long since I've read a Steve Hamilton book. Alex McKnight is an appealing character, and the plot in this mystery is intriguing. I've read the first in this series and at least one other. I'll have to determine which, and then find some more to tackle.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars... This was my second book by Hamilton. I first read The Lock Artist and loved it. This however, not as much. S---L---O---W beginning, then picks up in the middle and really builds a nice suspenseful plot. When I got here, I could not put the book down. I was hooked! Then....what an anti-climatic end! For all the edge of your seat buildup, I was so let down with the explanation. Just could not buy into it. DARN! I had much higher hopes.
Sheila Myers
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
An exciting novel by Steve Hamilton. I enjoyed the interaction among the characters and the over-all plot line. There were a few minor details that confused me a little, probably because I haven't read the previous books in this series.
Sarah Bachleda
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Alex McKnight series is great for readers who like Jack Reacher-esque novels. Particularly interesting setting and details for mid-westerners (especially Michiganders). Another great book in this series.
Carolyn Rose
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-plotted tale that had me muttering, "There's something more. There's got to be something more. Ah. There it is."
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best in this series so far. No need to have read the previous ones; stands on its own. A thriller/ mystery with red herrings galore. The Native American lore is fascinating.
Bonnie Murray
Another good one.
Suequeenofchaos Catchpole
Another good book by Steve Hamilton.
Jerry King
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian O'Leary
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McKnight is a great character, the books take place in northern michigan.
Sarah Alawami
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a wonderful read. I love the series and I can't wait to get to the end of it.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex McKnight is hilarious. This is the forth novel I’ve read and he seems to get the sh*t beat out of him in every one. I get the feeling he is a case of an unmedicated bipolar guy.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying reading this series. Fans of Robert Parker would enjoy this author.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2003-reads
RATING: 4.75

At various times in their relationship, Alex McKnight and his best friend, Vinnie Red Sky LeBlanc, an Ojibwa Indian who lives in a nearby cabin rather than on the reservation, find themselves at odds with one another. They always manage to set aside their differences, even though there are sometimes some major issues between them. The relationship between Alex and Vinnie is beautifully drawn. They are definitely brothers in spirit, if not in blood, and come through for each other tim
Randy Daugherty
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood is the Sky by Steve Hamilton- Tom Leblanc a young man out on parole trying to get his life back in order.Life and money is hard to come by on the Rez unless you work the casinos but Tom cannot obtain work there as he is a felon.Vinnie Leblanc, Tom's brother who himself has tried to get his life in order. Vinnie deals blackjack at the local casino but is the blacksheep of the family. Vinnie lives off the Rez though at times you would never know it.Vinnie has an offer to guide a hunting part ...more
Michael T Bradley
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamilton is finally back in form here after a couple of wincingly convoluted storylines in the previous two books. This time out, yes, it's a bit of a stretch, the whole situation, but it doesn't feel TOO unbelievable, and it's involving his sometimes-friend Vinnie again, which was a nice touch. I also really liked the fact that Alex essentially doesn't know what's going on until AFTER the climax of the book. Fun to see him having to trust & jump blindly into situations, rather than forcing ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Alex McKnight series. "Finalist 2004 Shamus Award for Best Novel; Finalist 2004 Anthony Award for Best Mystery"

Alex McKnight series - A former Detroit cop sidelined by a bullet, Alex is living quietly in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula when he agrees to help an Ojibway friend, Vinnie Red Sky LeBlanc. Vinnie's searching for his black sheep brother, Tom, who hasn't returned from a job guiding a hunting party of wealthy Detroit men in the Canadian wilderness. The staff of an isolated lo
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
Rogue Reader
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love every single one of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight mysteries set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In this 2003 work, Alex begins to rebuilt his father's cabin, and Vinnie LeBlanc joins in to help with the heavy lifting. More from Vinnie's reservation, about his Ojibwa family and heritage, great background with healing sweats.

Time and distance are collapsed, as Alex thinks nothing of driving 4-10 hours at a stretch, no matter the weather.

Blood is the Sky reaches so far out in the remote C
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved it! S Hamilton is getting better with each book. I am not big on coincidences but I can live with the one in this book, wish Hamilton made it a set up instead of a coincidence (without giving anything away, I will leave it vague.) And quite honestly, Hamilton makes the reader think that you can't go into a bar in the Upper Peninsula without running into jackasses and getting beat up, but I know better. Even with these 2 annoying things, I love his books. I read this in one night because I ...more
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