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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312983816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312983819
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Mary Kay on May 16 2014
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I love this author Steve Hamilton. His books are exciting and I love the local flavour since I live on the Canadian side across the Bay from Lighthouse Point, a little west of King's Club Casino. I am familiar with all the places he describes in his books so I get a kick when he mentions our Canadian towns of Chapleau, Blind River, Wawa etc. I also worked as a civilian for the OPP, Sault Ste. Marie for many years so when he mentions our men and women on the job I can certainly relate. Thanks for writing about the north Steve Hamilton, I truly enjoy your work. Paradise, Michigan is a lovely area.
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By A Customer on June 11 2004
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Get the man some Paxil and a good job. It gets to be too much. There is a great deal of difference between skillfully crafted noir-ish pain and sheer wallowing self pity which some seem to think means "They are senstive".
Same complaints. Stereotypical characters, dull unwilling PI who really needs to find a good meat packing plant to work at. Keeps on just missing with a plot that could have been great as a vehicle for a good noir or Hardboiled PI. Poor Alex. Undercooked.
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Alex McKnight has returned to Paradise-Michigan, that is. In his fourth outing, summer has finally set in. It is July and the increasingly reclusive Alex is asked to attend a poker game with his good friend, Jackie, owner of the local bar that Alex frequents. Unfortunately, the poker game at the house of a wealthy local businessman, Winston Vargas, is interrupted by an armed robbery in which everyone is forced to the floor at gunpoint. Vargas, alone, is robbed as he is forced to open his safe. The aftermath is quite perplexing as half the men attending the game are arrested for the robbery. Alex is convinced they are innocent and does what he can to clear their names. However, things get increasingly violent as Alex gets closer to the truth.
Steve Hamilton, Edgar winner for best first novel A COLD DAY IN PARADISE has written one of his best novels yet. I am always impressed with his ability to give the locale a certain immediacy to the reader. The first two books in the series took place primarily in the winter cold. Now we get a feeling of this Upper Michigan location in the midst of the summer season. Life is very different as boating and fishing become the primary pastime of the residents and visitors. We are treated to in depth descriptions of this area frequented by tourists. Alex is a loner, yet, he proves in this book that he is a loyal friend who will stop at nothing to defend those he is closest to. His character gives this series the true sense of realism and makes every return visit a pleasure. Pacing is never a problem with Steve Hamilton and this novel is no exception as the book proves to be a very fast and fully enjoyable read. With his talent, Steve Hamilton deserves a much wider audience.
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Alex McKnight is back in full force again, and this time it his closest friends who become possible enemies in this tense game of cat and mouse. McKnight joins his buddy Joe from the bar and his cronies for a poker game at a millionaire's plush estate. In the middle of the game, three men burst in and tell the guests to lay down on the floor or they'll be shot. Uh-oh. After the smoke clears, Alex finds himself a prime suspect in setting up this heist. From there on, Alex is embroiled in a labyrinthine plot where his closest friends aren't the people he thought they were. Interesting plot, with some twists and turns that may shock; this is an intense entry in this ever-improving series.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Alex McKnight is a delight as always. The lyrical descriptions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula are a joy to read. However, the plot is contrived, convoluted and improbable. The cast burgeons until there are so many people involved; I ended up being indifferent to the outcome.
Alex is in a black depression. To get him out of the house, his good friend Jackie forces him to sit in on a poker game held at the opulent home of Winthrop Vargas. Armed robbers appear and rob Vargas' very secret safe. Suspicion of an inside job spreads to the poker regulars who were the only outsiders who knew Vargas had a safe and kept money in it. Murder of one of the robbers follows. Alex is galvanized into action to protect his friend Jackie. A wild boat chase on Lake Superior unmasks the wrongdoers.
Alex's former partner Archie provides some welcome comic moments. Alex enthusiastically chases so many red herrings, I lost faith. Many of the characters are stereotypical. I think Steve Hamilton needs to infuse Paradise with some new blood.
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I live in Nowhere, Michigan...just south of where Steve Hamilton sets this novel. I enjoyed the novel, as I have enjoyed all of Hamilton's Alex McKnight novels, not only because of the setting, but also because Hamilton is a darn good writer! You don't have to be from Nowhere to understand the need to isolate yourself in the beauty of Northern Michigan, and to fear and resent the greed which drives men to murder each other and despoil the environment. These are the themes of Steve Hamilton's books: weave them through an engrossing plot line filled with action and intelligence and you have this latest in the Alex McKnight series--and perhaps the best.
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