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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312969198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312969196
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I STOOD IN a cheap motel room just inside the Soo city limits at 2:30 A.M., looking down at a man who had died that night, a man who had seemingly lost every ounce of blood from his body. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By montymom on March 2 2003
Format: Hardcover
Steve Hamilton's writing reminds me a lot of William Tapply's books. I am now a fan of both! This is a well-written, good solid myserty. My only complaint is that our hero never confronts the real bad guy at the end. I was hoping for a Raymond Chandler-type showdown. Anyway, after reading the second novel in the series, I think that showdown may still be coming!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had heard great things about this book, so my expectations were high. The setting (nothern rural Michigan) is interesting, the protagonist is reasonably likeable, but otherwise I was disappointed. The ending seemed to become obvious long before I would like it to in a mystery. Several scences involving driving drone on to the point of tedium. Overall, it is a decent read, but nothing special.
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By Author Ty on Feb. 13 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to like this novel---I really, really did, because it had apparently received rave reviews and the beginning of the book was promising. But if you're an avid reader like me who is always looking for something new and exciting, you'll be as disappointed in this book as I was. The characters were flat, unimaginative and two-dimensional. The writing was about as exciting as the back of a cereal box. The plot was strange and unbelievable. Sometimes a book with these flaws can be saved by stellar prose, but that wasn't the case with this novel. The writing was blunt, plain and unevocative. Imagine someone without much personality---say an insurance salesman or someone who fixes air conditioners for a living---sitting you down and telling you a story about four or five uninteresting people. That's the level of excitement that this book generated for me. If you want well-developed characters, poetic prose and interesting plots, look elsewhere. This was a halfway decent effort from a first-time writer, but I'm stunned and amazed that so much praise has been heaped upon such an average effort.
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By A Customer on Oct. 28 2003
Format: Audio CD
I listened to the book on CD, read by Nick Sullivan. I tried to read the book at first, but got caught up in the simple writing style. It was more enjoyable to hear the well-developed characters "speak" and have life. At times, I found my heart thumping and getting carried away in the story. But as the book progressed, I found the plot to be extremely unbelievable. Hamilton's descriptions of the U.P. of Michigan were accurate and allowed me to reminisce of the time I lived there. However, I couldn't imagine such a wild story ever taking place in Paradise. I was disappointed with the ending.
As for the reader, Sullivan, he made the book come alive. I thought that the voices he chose to represent each character were perfect. He did a good job with the U.P. accent. It was a little off, but still made me laugh.
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By Tim Smith on Sept. 19 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A COLD DAY IN PARADISE is Steve Hamilton's first novel. In it he introduces us to Alex McKnight, ex-cop, ex-baseball player, current private investigator carrying around a bullet in his chest from a shooting 14 years previous in which his partner and friend was killed. When McKnight is taunted with information supposedly known only to he and the imprisoned killer and is later tormented with intrusive recollections from the past, it begins to appear to McKnight that the man in prison is responsible for two murders in the present. Once the groundwork for the mystery is laid, i.e. how can a man in prison commit two murders out of prison, I was hooked. My guess is you'll be hooked too.
In A COLD DAY IN PARADISE, Hamilton displays his skill to write tense and absorbing scenes driven by realistic dialogue spoken by intiguing characters easily visualized. Having read two previous novels with McKnight as the main character, it was well worth the reading experience to read Hamilton's first book. It was interesting to see the basis for the behaviors and relationships described in the later books.
Whether you've read Hamilton's later books and are interested in McKnight's past, or have never experienced the writing skill of Steve Hamilton, do yourself a favor and read this well-deserved Edgar and Shamus awards winner!
Tim Smith
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Steve Hamilton's A Cold Day In Paradise is a quiet mystery novel with the punch of a heavy weight fighter. The story in itself is very simple but so well executed and complemented with such a great protagonist that you will soon find yourself completely lost into Hamilton's brilliant narrative.
Told in the first person, the book has us follow Alex McKnight, an ex-cop who retired when he was nearly killed while on the job. Now, many years later, he's a private investigator for a small-town lawyer. When the lawyer and Alex's best friend, Edwin, find themselves stuck in the middle of a murder investigation, Alex has no other choice but to help his friend and boss. But he soon realizes that the killer might have something else in mind: revenge.
The muderer seems to be a man named Rose, the very same man who nearly killed Alex so many years ago. When Rose begins terrorizing Alex's friends, Alex will have to try to find the murderer before he kills again, and before Alex becomes the only suspect in the investigation.
Suspenseful and brilliantly written, A Cold Day In Paradise in one small novel that never disappoints. In facts, it leaves you craving for more. There are no big shoot-out scenes in this novel, no car chase or chase through the woods. What you do have is a reserved thriller that is all about intelligence. Hamilton isn't going for the visceral. Instead, he takes his time to weave a tale that is all about its characters. It's hard to find a PI novel that isn't just about plot. And the fact that you sympathise and care for Alex, one of the best PI character to come along since Connelly's Harry Bosch, is only icing on the cake.
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