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Vinnie's younger, ex-con brother, Tom, has disappeared. In violation of his parole, Tom had guided a small contingent of moose hunters into the pacific forests of Ontario, but none of them had returned home on schedule. To assuage Vinnie's worries, McKnight agrees to drive with him into Canada and look for the men. No luck; the owners of a money-losing lakeside lodge where those sportsmen had stayed say they departed days ago. So where did they go? Who were the two other, unidentified guys who came looking for them in advance of McKnight and his friend? And why was the hunters' vehicle abandoned, with their wallets inside, near an Indian reservation? Looking for answers, the detective and Vinnie set off into the woods, where hungry bears are by no means the most dangerous creatures they'll have to face.
Despite its Deliverance-like moments, and an explosively violent conclusion that's not sufficiently foreshadowed, Blood Is the Sky is really a gracefully composed study of character, as focused on Vinnie's strengths and failings as Hamilton's previous novel, North of Nowhere, was on the backstory of another series regular, bar owner Jackie Connery. Yet McKnight shines here, too, his self-effacing humor keeping readers amused, when they aren't amazed--again--by the lengths to which this supposedly lonerish sleuth will go to help a friend in trouble. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's a thrilling read, one of those books that keeps your up late, turning the pages.
As usual, the writing is excellent, the story flows beautifully, the characters are developed and believable, and the whole story feels real.
As of this date, I have read all Steve hamilton's Alex McKnight series and loved them all !!
Possibly his finest yet! I'm mystified at some of the bad reviews the book has received, and wonder if those reviewers actually read THIS book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristen Craig
Another gripping adventure. Another chance for series hero Alex McKnight to test the limits of human recuperation and recovery. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HARRYWILL
My first read of a Hamilton novel. I met Steve at a writer's conference last year. Nice guy. Finally got around to reading Blood is the Sky just now and I loved the first two... Read morePublished 7 months ago by novelist
Good little read. Enjoyed the plot and characters. Wish he could write with a little less profanity. (I've read a lot worse) Captures the sense of living up north well.Published 8 months ago by D. wilson
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... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ted Feit