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A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels) Paperback – May 22, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Hamilton does a fairly good representation of Upper Michigan and the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Ontario and area. Clearly he has spent enough time there to cite specific locations and directions, and he captures the atmosphere pretty good, if somewhat cliche. The location lends a different backdrop to basic plotlines, and he works that backdrop into the stories in this series. A refreshing approach to a well used genre.
This is a good weekend read and very enjoyable -perfect for an afternoon by the pool or a rainy weekend at the cottage. It is a little on the 'easy reading' side of things, and not as involved plotwise as something by Ludlum or Clancy, but it is very easy to fall into the story very quickly, or pick it up again after a break. A good style for a tired mind after a busy week. I have recommended this series to others and will continue to do so as I look forward to the next book.
-Start at the beginning, as parts of the stories build on each other.
A Cold Day In Paradise 2000
Winter of the Wolf Moon 2001
The Hunting Wind 2002
North of Nowhere 2003
Blood is the Sky 2004
Ice Run 2005
A Stolen Season 2006
Misery Bay 2011
Filled with surprising twists, a lot of tension, and a splendid depiction of life in a cold zone, this is a well-crafted book with a likeable, very human cast. Highly recommended.
I did like the setting, a small town in Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior, the wintry descriptions and the interplay with the local characters as they sit in the tavern drinking their *imported* Canadian beer.
And it is certainly a page-turner. After about the first third, you will want to finish the book at a single sitting because the author paces the suspense well.
But it is a first novel and not perfect. There are some big holes in the plot. The most gaping in my eyes, without giving too much away, is that when one of the characters who is a possible target of a serial killer goes missing, our able hero searches for him instead of immediately calling the police, who are already aware of the danger and taking precautions.
It is virtually impossible, given all the mystery and detective stories out there, to come up with an original back story for a new hero. Alex McKnight, however, checks a few too many of the usual boxes -- ex-cop turned PI, wounded in action, partner killed, retreats to rural setting, etc. It's not a bad formula, but it is a formula.
The other characters are not fleshed out that well, with the exception of Chief Maven of the local police department, who is an intriguing character though perhaps a bit too much like Rod Steiger in "In the Heat of the Night." Some characters seem to be belabored -- like Alex's love interest, Sylvia -- while others come up short, such as Alex's friend Edwin or his lawyer employer, Lane Uttley.
The book's setting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula shares a lot with the bleak landscapes of the Nordic mysteries. Particularly the brooding presence of Lake Superior adds a dimension to the novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's always great to find a good mystery series to enjoy. I highly recommend this one as your first taste of an Alex McKnight novel.Published 3 days ago by Quickdraw
The story was interesting and fit the bill of escapist fiction. I found the relationship between Alex and the Sheriff a little silly and overblown.. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazing Grace
I am becoming more and more of a Steve Hamilton fan. Love his stories and how they are based in Michigan.Published 24 days ago by jack
I have read some of his other books and find they keep me turning pages. Reading the next in this series.Published 1 month ago by Janie M.