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Misery Bay: An Alex McKnight Novel Hardcover – Jun 7 2011


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312380434
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Raven on June 18 2012
Format: Paperback
Having waited (almost) patiently for four years for the next instalment of the Alex McKnight series I tucked myself up for an evening in front of the fire and immersed myself in this tale of wintry despair, suicide and murder.

What never fails to disappoint with Hamilton's writing is his depiction of place and atmosphere. As a reader you are transported to the snowy bleakness of the shores of Lake Superior or the warm confines of McKnight's watering hole the Glasgow Inn and you feel that you are really getting the authenticity of each location.

Likewise you never have to take `leaps of faith' as in Hamilton's drawing of characters or plot-line, you really believe that people can act in the way they do for whatever reason. McKnight's formerly frosty relationship with police chief Roy Maven reaches a new level of grudging mutual respect as they find themselves drawn into this convoluted investigation and it's a joy to behold.

The plot-line is exceptionally well-executed and the story twists and turns keeping the reader on the back foot as our intrepid duo seek to unveil a killer targeting law enforcement officers and their families.

If you have not read Hamilton yet I would heartily recommend him- you will not be disappointed.
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By C. Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story held my interest right to the end which is always a good thing, particularly in a mystery. It started off really well. I like a book that has a good first page that grabs my interest and with a story that follows up. The characters are believable and so is the story. All in all, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes murder mysteries.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Hamilton and McKnight are wonderful together May 15 2011
By Burgmicester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The feeling of ease and comfort with his main character are immediate in this newest Steve Hamilton story featuring his Numero Uno detective, Alex McKnight. The last McKnight story was six years ago. This has been one of my favorite series over the years and I was truly waiting for this latest installment. This one did not disappoint.

The story starts with an eerie preface that alludes to the upcoming events and then immediately a well done background of the characters and past events is done by Hamilton - and it was done just right - so as not to leave out readers that had not been fortunate enough to have found this series years ago. In the previous five stories, Hamilton takes one of the main characters and places them in danger with Alex on the trail. In this one, Chief Maven and McKnight, Maven's arch enemy in the Paradise area, are placed together as they attempt to unravel the madman with which they are entangled.

The writing is crisp, the dialogue is genuine and humor dry and without forced effort. The story is complex and moves at a good pace. The rhythm is just right between the characters and the storyline. There is very little not to like in this novel. If I had to pick something it would be the fact that Alex could remain ahead of the FBI on the trial of the bad guys. However, that said, the story never felt forced or fake.

There is plenty to like in this installment, and it can play very well without going back into the series. There are several lines in the story about past incidents and they will make you want to start at the beginning of this series. I would rate this as the best of the six books by Hamilton that I have read. Definitely one for the pile of reading material, especially if this is your genre.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Best McKnight yet April 30 2011
By Auntie Annie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Misery Bay is the ninth installment in Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series. Like the others, this one takes place in Michigan's upper penninsula. Hamilton capture's perfectly the bitter cold, ice and winds off Lake Superior, the bleakness of the landscape, and the isolation of its inhabitants. In this book, McKnight joins forces, albeit reluctantly, with his nemesis, Chief Roy Maven, whose friend's son has committed suicide. The friend is distraught with the enormity of his loss. McKnight agrees to investigate what could have driven the boy to suicide, if only to bring the man some peace of mind. Then, the man, himself, is murdered--in Chief Maven's home. Other suicides come to light, always children of law officers, and in each case, the officer is subsequently murdered. No one except Maven and McKnight see the pattern. The FBI sees coincidence. And, scattered thoroughout the book, between chapters, are snippets of conversation from filming sessions. Slowly the reader begins to suspect what might be going on. Equally as slowly, McKnight and Maven unravel the mystery. The final few chapters bring it together with McKnight alone and in great danger. Gripping conclusion. A must read for Hamilton fans!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Latest in a Fine Series May 10 2011
By Carol Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Once again Steve Hamilton takes us to the town of Paradise in the Upper Peninsula-the UP-of Michigan, the home of Alex McKnight in the latest in a fine series. McKnight is a former Detroit policeman, for a short time a private investigator, and the full-time proprietor of cabins he rents to snowmobilers during the long UP winters.

To his surprise, the chief of police with whom he's almost always at odds, asks him as a favor to help a friend. The investigation of the suicide of the friend's son leads him to discover other similar deaths. The police chief and McKnight form an uneasy alliance to link the deaths and to try to prevent more killings in a fast-paced, absorbing tale.

Fans of Hamilton's books will find the Paradise regulars in residence as well as the Scottish pub where McKnight socializes and drinks his beer brought in from Canada for him by the owner. This is a book that those new to the series will enjoy and perhaps lead them back to the beginning to read the others. Warning: Best read in the summer months if the reader is sensitive to snow and ice!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
These Are Getting A Little Formulaic For Me... July 9 2011
By Mr. R. H. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read everything he's written. And this wasn't bad in any way. It was entertaining, but they're all pretty much the same plot, just with different killers. Someone comes into the bar to try and get him to help. He doesn't want to, but reluctantly agrees. He winds up driving all over Michigan, and sometimes into Canada. Sometimes he falls in love, sometimes he doesn't. The murders are solved and he goes back to the bar. There's some snow plowing and cabin building thrown in for the DIY set. So if you've read all of the previous books, unless you're really bored, there's nothing new here. If you're just looking for a book to kill a few evernings...have at it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Big Disappointment - Audiobook Dec 6 2011
By Laura Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I won't repeat the plot that you can read in other reviews.
I have loved the whole McKnight series up until this book.
It lacked so much that the others had to offer.
It was a little slow and I had a difficult time staying engaged.
The previously enjoyable characters were not as colorful.
If you have not yet read one in this series, please do not start with this one.

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