- Series: Alex McKnight Novels (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312991509
- ISBN-13: 978-0312991500
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood is the Sky: An Alex McKnight Mystery (Alex McKnight Novels) Mass Market Paperback – June 14, 2004
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“Steve Hamilton writes the kind of stories that [one] can't resist.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“The best mysteries are about the past coming up out of the ground and grabbing the present by the throat. Steve Hamilton knows this. Blood is the Sky fills that bill and then some. This is his best yet.” ―Michael Connelly, author of Chasing the Dime
“Overflows with an element lacking from too many mysteries: a genuine sense of mystery... Blood boldly crosses genre boundaries as it turns into a thrilling outdoor adventure, then a heartfelt small town tragedy. All along, Hamilton's prose...remains an unselfconsciously terse pleasure.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Heartily delivers on suspense, atmosphere, and riveting action.” ―Denver Post
“Hamilton never misses a beat.” ―Rocky Mountain News
“Hamilton won an Edgar and an Anthony in 1998 for A Cold Day in Paradise. This smart, brisk, twisty tale is even better.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“A reader's delight: a fast-paced, breathtaking adventure for which a night's sleep gladly will be sacrificed. Blood is the Sky is a stunner.” ―Romantic Times
“A grand-slam tale.” ―Midwest Book Review
“A fine writer, [Hamilton] excels at describing the lonely locale as well as depicting such memorable characters.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Blood is The Sky is brilliant. Some books you can't put down because the story is so compelling. Some books you can't put down because the prose is so spellbinding. And then, every once in a while, you read a book that combines both. Steve Hamilton has written the best private eye novel-heck, maybe the best novel-I've read this year.” ―Harlan Coben, author of Left for Dead
“Steve Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels with a strong emphasis on heart and humanity. His latest flat-out smokes. This is crime writing at its very best.” ―George Pelecanos, author of Hell to Pay and Soul Circus
“Easily Steve Hamilton's best novel so far-therefore an automatic book of the year. Everything is here-his trademark sense of place, vivid, resonant characters, and a plot that will break your heart.” ―Lee Child, author of Persuader
“Blood is the Sky takes us into the dark and brooding heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's got everything-tension, action, surprises. Alex McKnight is a believable hero who can also tell a good story.” ―T. Jefferson Parker, author of Silent Joe and Black Water
From the Back Cover
"The best mysteries are about the past coming up out of the ground and grabbing the present by the throat. Steve Hamilton knows this. Blood is the Sky fills that bill and then some. This is his best yet." -Michael Connelly, author of Chasing the Dime
Winning the Edgar Award for A Cold Day in Paradise, Steve Hamilton introduced one of the most compelling characters in modern fiction: Alex McKnight, a gritty ex-Detroit cop who can't say no to a friend in need-no matter the cost. Now McKnight finds himself in the forests of northern Ontario, a land of savage beauty and sudden danger, where some secrets just won't stay buried.
Alex McKnight isn't a man with many friends, but the few he has know they're never alone in a fix. So when Vinnie LeBlanc asks for his help in taking a trip deep into Canada in search of his missing brother, the Ojibwa Indian knows he can count on Alex. Tom LeBlanc had taken a job as hunting guide for a rough crew of Detroit "businessmen." The group was due back days ago, yet there's been no sign of them, and there's mounting evidence of something odd about their disappearing act. The trackless forests of northern Ontario keep many secrets, but none more shocking than the one that Alex is about to uncover. And the more closely Alex looks for answers, the more the questions become: where are the hunters...and who is the prey?
"Overflows with an element lacking from too many mysteries: a genuine sense of mystery...Blood boldly crosses genre boundaries as it turns into a thrilling outdoor adventure, then a heartfelt small town tragedy. All along, Hamilton's prose...remains an unselfconsciously terse pleasure." -Entertainment Weekly
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Even with books I've enjoyed I invariably notice the occasional weak spot. Sometimes I wish I could turn off the critical part of my brain.
The point is that there weren't weak parts in this crime novel. Mr Hamilton is an exceptional writer. I began reading him because the protagonist lives in northern Michigan, an area familiar to me and one that I love. Its's fun to recognize roads, landmarks, towns and lakes that are a regular part of these stories.
I've become very fond of the regular characters in these books. McNight and LeBlanc are interesting characters and Hamilton has developed them well. There is violence but it's handled well without the gruesome details that some authors think is necessary to shock and horrify readers. Nor are these books smarmy (there's a word you don't hear much anymore). I'm from the 60s so I'm certainly not sheltered or a prude. But I have become weary of novels whose popularity depends on a lot of sex, what we used to call gratuitous sex. The Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy doesn't appeal to me. What I do like is good stories told well, believeable, likeable characters who I want to know more about, and solid well-crafted prose. In my opinion Hamilton provides his readers with just that. Selfishly speaking, I hope he continues to write books for us for a long time.
It's also fun to think about the settings. For example, I spent a day in Sudbury Ontario several years ago, and the book brought that place back.
My only complaint is like slapping at waves at the beach. When authors use the phrase "went missing" or "gone missing" instead of "disappeared" it makes my mind cringe. While the terms may be marginally acceptable in the Ebonics language, I think it is poor English.
I know, petty, petty.
It is a great book, it is a great series of books. Read them all and enjoy yourself.
The characters here are just fine. There are no cardboard cutouts to represent this or that person, a fault too often seen in fiction, in current mysteries especially.
The plot, well described by others, gets a bit too involved sometimes but is satisfying in the end. It would be easy to get a little lost sometimes.
All in all, this is a well-above-average crime novel. I do hope the author will return to the UP of Michigan as the sole setting for his next opus.