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A Cold Day in Paradise

Book 1, Alex McKnight Novels

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Description

A Cold Day in Paradise launched Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today’s crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other book before it....

Other than the bullet lodged near his heart, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, the man convicted of the crimes has been locked away for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cabin in the woods, a murderer with the same unmistakable trademarks appears to be back. McKnight can’t understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders. And it seems like it’ll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel truth from deception in a town that’s anything but Paradise.
A Cold Day in Paradise was the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 03, 1998 – Hamilton combines clear, crisp writing, wily, colorful characters and an offbeat locale (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) in an impressive debut. Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit cop living in Paradise, Mich., on disability with a bullet next to his heart. He rents cabins to hunters and has recently taken out a private-detective license at the suggestion of Lane Uttley, a local lawyer. The book begins fast, with a lot of background deftly woven into the narrative. At a local bar, the lawyer's former investigator accuses Alex of stealing his business. Later, Edwin Fulton, the scion of a wealthy Detroit family and a compulsive gambler, calls Alex from a nearby motel where he has found the murdered body of his bookie. After Edwin's strong-willed mother hires Alex to protect the family, another local bookie is murdered and Edwin disappears, prompting Alex and the lawyer to start a search of their own. Meanwhile, Alex receives letters and calls that appear to be from the Detroit man who shot him and whom the then-cop had helped send to prison for life without parole 14 years ago. Hamilton cleverly joins the plots, leaving but one disappointment: how long it takes Alex to learn to place his trust in others with care. FYI: This book won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Private Eye Novel of 1997.

Customer Reviews

New favorite author

I can honestly say that I haven't picked up a book in about 5 years. I got an iPhone and started poking around, found the cover of this book and thought I'd try it out. It was only a few bucks. I have never been so addicted to a book. I couldn't put it down. It was great. Thrilling, interesting, engrossing, the kind of book that makes your heart race and the wheels in your head turn. The best book I think I've ever read. I have a new favorite author.

Enjoyable read!

Never heard of this writer, but this was a solid book that would make a good movie. A well disguised ending that was well played. Highly recommended.

A cold day in paradise

This is the second Steve Hamilton book that I've read. The first, The Lock Artist, was a great read. This book however did not hold my interest as well. It had received an award and this was one reason I purchased it. I was disappointed in the story line and the characters. For me it was just ok. The ending ramped it up a bit , but you have to hang in there to make it that far....

A Cold Day in Paradise
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Hard-Boiled
  • Published: Feb 15, 2000
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Alex McKnight Novels
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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