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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 tOther 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....

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A Cold Day in Paradise Reviews

  • Monnie
    2019-04-27 16:22

    When it comes to credit, it must be given where it's due: this time, it goes to our multi-talented daughter-in-law, Lilla, for finding this series. Truth is, she didn't find it for me - but rather for my husband Jack. When it comes to books, he and I have similar tastes, but he's much harder to please. Turns out he loved this one (and as I write this, I believe he's in the middle of the eighth book in the series) - and he's been so enthusiastic about every single one that I simply had to see for myself what his fuss was all about.This book, the winner of Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, features former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight - is the first of what is now, I believe, 10 books. On the job, McKnight was shot and nearly died (his partner was killed) ; to this day, he's still got a bullet lodged next to his heart as an unwelcome reminder. That alone probably would entice me to try the book, but the setting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula sealed the deal. We've done some traveling there, and it is to me one of the most beautiful places on earth. Not wanting to stay in Detroit, McKnight accepts a disability pension and heads for the tiny town of Paradise, Mich., to live in a cabin in the woods. A local attorney suggests that he get a private investigator license, and in part to earn extra money and in part to put his former skills back in play, he agrees - albeit grudgingly. But then, a gruesome murder happens, and McKnight ends up on the case on behalf of a friend (he's working for that attorney, who happens to be the attorney for the friend and his wealthy family). But gruesome isn't the only thing nasty about the murder; clues left at the scene appear to be tied to the man who shot McKnight and his partner - a man who supposedly has been in prison ever since.Trying to solve that murder - and another - all the while keeping himself and his friend from suffering a similar fate takes McKnight all over the scenic Upper Peninsula. Sprinkled everywhere are places at which my husband and I spent quality time: Whitefish Point, with its impressive light station and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum? Check. Sault Ste. Marie, watching the gigantic freighters pass through the Soo Locks? Check. Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Houghton Lake? Check. And who could ever forget driving across the awesome Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Wolverine State's Upper and Lower peninsulas? Certainly not me!From the beginning, McKnight butts heads with two important characters. First is the attorney's former private investigator, who blames McKnight for taking his job. Second is the local police chief, who takes an instant dislike to McKnight to the point of crossing the line of unprofessional behavior (one aspect I didn't much care for, in fact - there doesn't seem to be any valid reason for that much anger, especially given that they've had no previous run-ins). Despite the murders and mayhem, the book is written in a relatively low-key fashion; as I swiped the pages of my Kindle Fire, I couldn't help thinking of C.J. Box's Wisconsin game warden Joe Pickett (a favorite character from another popular series). There's a modicum of excitement and tension, although I never really feared for McKnight's life ((but really - what author would kill off the main character in a series in the first book)? The ending was seemed a little rushed and a bit of a stretch - it was hard for me to believe that the person who masterminded the whole thing had the knowledge to come up with that cunning a plan.Nonetheless, I read every paragraph with gusto, and now I'm delighted to have another series I can turn to when I'm in between works from my favorite authors. But wait - this one has all the earmarks of a favorite as well. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy - one down, nine to go!

  • Veronica
    2019-04-26 11:18

    Not a bad start to this series even if it did get a little improbable there at the end. The main character, Alex, makes for an okay guy...although for a former police officer he sure does have little regard for or patience with standard police procedure. I'll give the second book a look but if the love interest sticks around I'm out. I did like the snarky,sarcastic humor though.

  • Richard
    2019-05-13 15:23

    7/10An interesting enough mystery that kept my attention and didn’t out stay its welcome but will be one I will no doubt forget before the turkey has even been carved. A private investigator in a remote location looking at his own inner demons whilst trying to hunt down a killer and possible crazy lunatic who seems to be hunting him down. The style of writing was a breeze to get through here and the book was relatively short considering there were a number of things going on so credit where credit is due to the author.The characters in this were pretty 2 dimensional when you get past the main guy; there weren’t any which really stood out apart from Sheriff Maven who was just an ultra douche. The location was much better; a remote town in the north of USA, a storm approaching making the remote location seem even more hostile and dangerous. I was impressed by the layers added here but maybe some time could have been added to some of the other characters. I was impressed enough to pick up the next book in the series but I will approach it when I’m looking for a thriller which won’t require too much thought process or time. I’ve also realised that my brain is pretty lazy; one of the characters is called Franklin which instantly made my brain go here:Describe the character as much as you want, but this is the image I will be using forever and a day for someone called Franklin.If you like this try: “Sleepyhead” by Mark Billingham

  • Craig
    2019-05-11 09:58

    "The Year of Mystery Continues!"... This book was a great surprise! I picked it up at Partners & Crime after discovering it on the "first in a series" display, after I noticed that a) it's set in Michigan (had just got back from a week's vacation there), b) it won the Edgar Award for best first novel, and c) it's relatively short and I was looking for a break from another book that I was having a hard time getting into. The overall premise seems formulaic at first - former cop now PI encounters a killer reminiscent of the case that ended his career... But the main character was interesting (think Harry Bosch but less grating) and the main mystery kept me guessing right up to the end. I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading more of Steve Hamilton's books!

  • Jim
    2019-05-12 09:17

    This was a pretty interesting mystery with a damaged main character who has to come to grips with his fear. His phobia or PTSD (He was a cop who got shot on the job.) is the main thread running through the story. Occasionally it was a bit much & it was a long, twisty road to a satisfying end. Very well read.The path was a bit too long & the characters weren't particularly well developed save for a couple of main ones. Several were just caricatures, but this was his first book. I came close to giving it 4 stars, so I expect future ones to be a real treat.

  • Stacy
    2019-04-22 10:17

    I enjoyed the first 15 chapters of the book. In fact, I mentioned it to a friend as a book to look for. And then we reached chapter 16 and the entire book went weird. As in, I wondered if I had accidentally plugged in the wrong book. A suspect suddenly appears, the former cop makes a series of stupid B-movie decisions and an implausible showdown occurs. At that point, the end seems clear but I listed to the next few chapters while I waited for him to figure it out. I finally reached chapter 22 and I was so irritated by the author's closing technigue that I'm still annoyed by it, hours later. I feel that a good mystery wraps up with a solid closing and all questions are answered in a quick conversation. I'm even fine with epilogues. But a monologue? And a suggestion of illegal revenge? I feel like I started a great book, lost it in the middle and ended with a bad book.

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-05-08 14:13

    Alex McKnight was a Detroit police officer who witnessed the brutal murder of his partner and was nearly killed himself (he still has a bullet lodged an inch from his heart) by a psychopath named Rose. For fourteen years, McKnight has lived with the knowledge that Rose is behind bars. It's been a long, cold fourteen years, and McKnight doesn't carry the badge or the gun anymore. He lives in a quiet, uneventful little town called Paradise in the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan, far from Detroit and the bad memories that still, occasionally, trouble his sleep.Somehow, McKnight fell into his current job of private detective, working for a lawyer. Nothing dangerous. Mostly boring stake-outs with a camera, or, if he's lucky, some delving into documents at the hall of records and Google searches.Then, one night, his friend (a loose term, on his part), Edwin J. Fulton III, a sad-sack pathetic millionaire with a bad gambling problem and a gorgeous wife with whom McKnight had a regrettable affair, calls him up and begs him to come to a shady motel on the town's outskirts. McKnight does, only to find a gruesome murder scene. One of Edwin's bookies was supposed to meet him at the motel, but Edwin walked into the room (he claims) to find the man dead already. Unfortunately, Edwin's first instinct was to call his lawyer first, and then McKnight. McKnight quickly butts heads with the sheriff in town, and it gets worse when other bookies show up dead. On top of everything, someone is leaving hints that Rose is somehow back in town, seeking some weird retribution against McKnight, despite the fact that the prison reports that Rose is still safely in his cell. Thus begins Steve Hamilton's novel "A Cold Day in Paradise", the first in a series featuring Michigan private eye McKnight. It's a good, solid detective thriller, and McKnight is a character with a lot of interesting baggage. It's good enough that I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  • Hallie
    2019-05-08 16:05

    Not bad mystery, with an interesting small-town Michigan setting. I only picked this up because it got recommended in a vague "readers also liked" kind of way for Julia Spencer-Fleming's books. Small town setting it had, ex-cop now PI for ex-army now chief-of-police it had, but other than that - Alex is no Russ, though he's mostly a pretty decent guy. I don't even know what to say about the "love interest" (it wasn't love)/ex (of an affair, as she's married)/clichéd gorgeous but maybe heartless rich-by-marriage woman. (I'm guessing she does *not* reappear, so it doesn't matter, in all likelihood.) Ending was about equal measure "well, yeah" and "didn't see *that* part coming". Mostly I enjoyed it in a lukewarm way, although sometimes I started getting very annoyed about all the driving while under the influence/half-dead of sleep lack. I thought there was potential for development of some pretty strong secondary characters (his friend in the bar and his other friend who works in one of the Ojibwa-owned casinos nearby), but not enough to make me commit to reading on in the series.

  • Roberta
    2019-05-08 10:57

    I agree that the overall premise seems formulaic at first - former cop now PI encounters a killer reminiscent of the case that ended his career. None the less I found that Alex McKnight is a detective that I can care about and I didn't guess the end too soon. It was also one of those books that makes me start casting the movie in my head which is a good sign. I agree that this series is a "You might also like" for the earlier Julia Spencer-Fleming books. I would also recommend it to someone who likes to read something like James Lee Burke but not as edgy as Lee Child. And dress warm.

  • Tony
    2019-04-26 10:17

    A COLD DAY IN PARADISE. (1998). Steve Hamilton. ***1/2.This was Hamilton’s first novel in his P.I. series featuring Alex McKnight, an ex-Detroit cop now retired on disability and living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Paradise is a town in the U.P. where lots of the action takes place. Hamilton managed to convey the character of that part of the country and its inhabitants. You are kind of surrounded by Lakes Superior and Huron, and the population consists mostly of sportsmen and hunters. The novel – the winner of both an Edgar Award and a Shamus – starts off with a couple of mysterious murders that McKnight gets involved with through the back door. He has to deal with the local law enforcement officials along with the usual suspects of the region. Hamilton’s sense of place manages to envelop the reader, and you are soon a quasi-resident. This was an excellent first novel, and Hamilton has managed to move on with the creation of a long series of novels featuring McKnight, all of which seem to be best-sellers. Add Hamilton to your list of thriller/police procedural writers. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Gary
    2019-05-16 15:10

    I read this book after a Goodread friend suggested I try reading Steve Hamilton. Sorry for my ignorance but I had never heard of him but decided to read his first novel anyway.How glad I am, I got into the book instantly and finished it the same day. The style of the book reminds me of one of my favourite authors, Harlan Coban. The story is fast paced and full of action and more than a hint of humour.Thank you Jan I will be reading more of this author.

  • Harry
    2019-04-28 10:13

    Cautionary note: this review was written after reading the first novel in this series. Series reviews are fickled, unpredictable, and sometimes downright wrong if you base the entire series review on just the first puzzled bite. Maybe the cold weather outside's is making me grumpy, or I just don't wanna go all the way downtown to work, or maybe I just don't feel like pouring honey over my cereal. Whatever! Not that this isn't a good read. I finished it in record time. Frowning for an acceptable answer, I think I'm just overdosing on the formulaic approach of the genre: alcoholics, disturbed detectives, problematic relationships, flat characters thrown in for window dressing, PTSD, distrust with authority figures, all of it put together in relatively short novels (As compared to, say, Jo Nesbo's much longer novels). It's been done a million times over by very good authors and not so good authors. Steve Hamilton probably falls somewhere in the middle, or probably leans strongly towards the good side (If I look beyond my grumpiness). Personally, if you like Michigan novels, small town settings, detectives turned PI, loners and if you enjoy a colorful heritage thrown in than my preference (as compared to this first Hamilton novel) is for the work of William Kent Krueger. If you enjoyed Hamilton's book for its location and mystery than read the Cork O'Connor series. Krueger's novels are set just West in Minnesota and are superior to Hamilton's in my opinion. The Cork O'Connor series has more depth, better character development, portray a deeper insight into American Indian culture so prevalent in the region, contain deep philosophical musings and moral insight into who we are as human beings, and deliver great mysteries. Ok, I'll stop plugging O'Connor now (LOL). The two authors are very similar in their subject matter and setting.So, I guess if you're in the mood for an easy read, some genre escapism, something enjoyable, a book that moves fast and it's over, but are not in the mood to be flabbergasted by the author...than these book are for you. Enjoy!Grumpiness update: ok, since I've only read the first in the series, I gave Alex #2 a try...mainly because I have a (hopefully)short layover while I hunt down a copy of Frelseren(The Redeemer), Nesbo's 7th. I found Winter of the Wolf Moon an equally enjoyable read: nothing extra-ordinary. I have come to see this series as something to read when I can't find other books I really, really want to read.

  • Paul Secor
    2019-04-25 09:14

    A generic private eye mystery, but done with emotional intensity, which takes it somewhat above the norm.I read this for a somewhat unusual reason - a friend of mine, who had some contact with Mr. Hamilton when they were both technical writers at IBM, sent me a link to a WSJ article about him and his books. Not a usual reason I'd read a book, but I'm glad I did.

  • Terence M
    2019-05-02 13:21

    Audio Book 2.0 Stars out of 5.0This novel is the first in a series by author Steve Hamilton. "Alex McKnight" is retired policeman who was shot while on duty and now lives deep in the woods, living in and maintaining a row of hunter's cabins left to him by his uncle, or grandfather, or whomever, while also working as a stop-start PI. The story meandered from the beginning becoming less credible and less readable and I listened to the last one and half discs only because I was intrigued as to how the author would engineer the reasons for the rather boring and highly unlikely end. I have read one other book by Steve Hamilton, "The Lock Artist" - 4.0 stars, hence the decision the start the McKnight series. I'll try book 2 and see if Hamilton and McKnight can salvage their joint reputations with me.As other reviewers have mentioned, an excellent narration was provided by Nick Sullivan.

  • Leon Aldrich
    2019-04-26 16:09

    What is not to like: a fellow native Michigander, plays poker, drinks beer, casinos and a crime mystery.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-05-21 15:57

    Alex McKnight still thinks like the Detroit police officer he was for 8 years; however, he is still suffering from PTSD and three healed bullet wounds. He retired 14 years ago on partial disability and now takes care of vacation property his deceased father had bought in Paradise, Michigan. Five cabins were built on the forest acreage, and McKnight keeps himself fit chopping wood and delivering it to the deer hunters who rent the cabins. Despite the stiffness of his shoulder and the bullet still near his heart, he has recently decided to become a private investigator after a local lawyer, Lane Uttley, urged him to file the paperwork and work for him.Edwin J. Fulton the third is in trouble. He cannot control his gambling habit. It's a good thing he's rich. McKnight is his best friend, so Alex suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder one night. Edwin went to make a payoff on his debts to one of his bookies, only to discover the man's bloody body. Does he call the cops? Guess again. Alex isn't the only one wondering about Edwin's decision to call his friend before calling the cops. Roy Maven, Sault St. Marie Chief of Police, is suspicious of Alex's presence at the murder scene. Ex-cop and being there makes McKnight top suspect, especially when the incident which almost killed McKnight and did kill Franklin, his partner in Detroit, in1984, seems to somehow be tied up in the murder of Fulton's bookie. Maximilian Rose, schizophrenic shooter, is leaving notes and phone call messages for McKnight, about killing the bookies - or is he? Only McKnight thinks he is being stalked by a killer who is obviously still locked up in prison. The rumors about an affair between Sylvia, Fulton's wife, and McKnight, especially since they are true, are not helping.Adding to McKnight's load of grief, Leon Prudell, Uttley's ex-private Investigator, feels entitled to hassle McKnight whenever he spots him around town. Prudell is very certain he unfairly lost the job working for Uttley because of McKnight's police associations and friendships, not merit. Despite the reoccurrence of his PTSD symptoms, McKnight is going to get to the bottom of this mystery even if it kills him. (I will not be continuing with the McKnight series, based on this first book in the series. The writing is not special enough for me. Sorry. It IS competently written and fulfills the expectations of many mystery genre fans, with funny quips and somewhat terse plotting, but it seems boilerplate to me, a reader of mysteries for 40 years. If I was able to choose half stars, this would be a two-and-a-half star read.)

  • Darrell Delamaide
    2019-05-15 12:57

    Steve Hamilton's debut novel won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for first novel, and it is indeed very good. The writing is crisp, the voice fresh, the first-person main character, Alex McKnight, is well-drawn, able but flawed and mostly sympathetic.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.This is my first book in the 50-state mystery challenge. Its setting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is very appealing to me, and shares a lot with the bleak landscapes of the Nordic mysteries. Particularly the brooding presence of Lake Superior adds a dimension to the novel. The wind whipping around, the biting rain, the whitecaps on a stormy lake -- great atmosphere!Funny that Hamilton would set his mystery in a Michigan town named Paradise in the same way Robert S. Parker picks Paradise, Massachusetts for Jesse Stone's refuge. The difference is that there really is a town of that name in the Upper Peninsula, whereas Parker's fictional Paradise is reportedly based on a town called Marblehead. In both cases, though, the authors certainly enjoy getting Paradise into the title.

  • ElaineY
    2019-04-25 09:04

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, JUNE 18, 2015Narrator: Nick Sullivan I'm not a fan of ex-cop, now-PI stories and this first Alex McKnight book is a prime example why - Alex has no "teeth", (something Michael Connelly realized and so returned Harry Bosch to the force). Throughout the book, I found the protagonist a weak character, both professionally, and personally (as he puts it - fucking his friend's wife), and not having the balls to stand up to his friend's mother but constantly giving in to the overbearing old lady who is able to buy everything and everyone.I found little in Alex McKnight to like or respect and while I managed to finish the book, it was due more to the excellent narration (my audio version was narrated by Nick Sullivan) than the plot.Even weaker than the characters was the ending. I thought I must have missed some major point so I relistened to the last couple of chapters but no, the wrap-up is as weak as I originally thought. Still disbelieving of how anti-climactic the ending was, I checked the reviews this morning and other reviewers mention the same weak resolution so it's not me. It is the book.I won't write off this series just yet since this was the first book and I did not like the first Harry Bosch, too, but since I very much prefer my protagonist to have a badge, it will be awhile before I try another Alex McKnight book.

  • Keri
    2019-04-30 08:20

    What is an ex-cop on 3/4s disability pay with a bullet still lodged near his heart to do with his time? Become a PI of course and in UP Paradise Michigan, Alex feels he will probably have alot of time on his hands and get paid for it. Right??? Up until that first murder, then the second and oh those notes left for Alex, they let him know real quick, his past ain't staying buried for long...nope it intends to come up and slap him right in the face. SH is a brand new author for me and this will not be my last Alex McKnight. I didn't see this convoluted plot at all, but it was an awesome read to get there. Here is the frustrating part, SH would dole out little pieces of Peyton Place tidbits about Alex and Sylvia's past as possible lovers. Sylvia also happens to be Alex's best friend's wife, rut row! Even in the end, I don't know if that is over or not, but I wanted to know more of their past. Alex is human, he feels guilt about the fact that his partner got killed and he froze as well and ended up shot. Could he have prevented it? Even though Alex has been over the situation a thousand times, he still doesn't know and it haunts him. This was a great read and I get why it won the Edgar. Can't wait to pick up the next one in the series.

  • Mike
    2019-04-22 09:01

    A Detroit policeman just shot in the line of duty and barely survives. The perp gets life in prison. The cop retires and moves back home to the Upper Peninsula where he takes on some P.I. work for a local lawyer. When a bookie gets shot and stabbed, it begins to look like the killer is is the same guy who shot the cop. But isn't he in prison?This book has a pretty good story with a couple of really tense moments in it. But the wrap up contained some details that were a little hard to believe. So it was a bit of a disappointment at the end.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-05-19 10:06

    I really liked this book. I liked the way you slowly got the backstory throughout the book, rather than spending the first two chapters explaining it...The ending was off for me, only because I didn't expect it, and it wasn't what I wanted to have happen, but that's OK. It was just unexpected, so that is probably why.It was a very well written mystery, and can't wait to read the next one with Alex McKnight!

  • L.A. Starks
    2019-04-24 12:24

    I am familiar with the Michigan setting and so especially liked the book for the places and climate I recognized.Hamilton keeps the action going and the tension high throughout. His ending twist is worthy of O. Henry.My only quibble is with the plot device of the cell phone left in the truck (so no means of communication when the landline is cut)--that's hard to believe.This is stellar writing; it is easy to understand why A Cold Day in Paradise got an Edgar.

  • Stefanie
    2019-05-11 14:25

    I read this for my Detective Fiction course and was quite pleased with the plot. It was definitely more of a fast paced novels but there were some parts that where completely pointless.McKnight was a nice protagonist and I enjoyed his back story as well. A nice quick read if you like mysteries and psychopaths.

  • Cheryl Cooper
    2019-05-20 14:12

    This is the kind of book I hate. It's 11:00 pm and you need to get to bed but you think "just one more chapter to get to a good stopping place". Before you know it it's 1:00 am, you never found that good stopping place but you give up so you can get some sleep. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about Alex McKnight.

  • Tom Swift
    2019-05-19 07:57

    I am late to this series and author. Retired from the Detroit PD, Alex McKnight owns some cabins for rent in the upper peninsula of Michigan. He is now a P.I., and a murder spree unfolds.

  • Peggy
    2019-05-09 14:14

    I listened to this audiobook. Alex McKnight is a former Detroit cop who is retired on disability. He was shot and his partner killed. Alex carries the guilt and a bullet for his trouble. He lives in Paradise, a small town on Lake Superior. He also carries the guilt of having an affair with a friend's wife. When the friend calls Alex in the middle of night, Alex finds a murdered bookie in a motel room. His friend has gambling debts and panics when he finds the bookie dead. Thus Alex becomes involved in a murder investigation. The local sheriff takes an instant dislike to Alex, adding to his woes. Alex becomes a suspect himself, and then to make things even more complicated, the man who shot Alex seems to be stalking him. But, he can't be, can he? He is in a maximum security prison. There is a plot twist at the end that Alex puts together at the last moment.

  • Brian O'Leary
    2019-05-20 08:20

    A great first book with an awesome main character.

  • Megan Luff
    2019-05-08 12:03

    Great book, I really enjoyed reading it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-01 13:09

    After I added The Lock Artist: A Novel to my To-Read queue, Steve asked if I had read any of author Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series. I had not, so I added it to my queue and found it at the library just a few days later. A Cold Day In Paradise opens the series and it is one excellent read!Alex McKnight is an ex-cop from Detroit who moved back to his old summering place, Paradise, Michigan, where his dad built a set of hunting and fishing camps. He left the police force after a particularly violent episode of his and his partner's and lives a quiet life now. But a milquetoast friend with a gambling problem and his lawyer convince McKnight to help out when the friend is a suspect in a couple of bookmaker murders. Some "locked room" problems ensue (like the fact that the prime suspect is purportedly locked away in jail!), as do some pretty brutal shootouts, while all the time McKnight is trying to figure out a past relationship.I liked the writing a lot. It wasn't hackneyed at all, leavened with some humor and some pathos. Once again, though, I thought the plot behind the murders to be wildly complicated and was sure there must have been a better way to solve the "problem". And there were a couple times that I had an better idea of what he should have done next. But it didn't get in the way of the action and I enjoyed McKnight's take on the world. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series, Winter of the Wolf Moon.

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-04-29 08:25

    This novel was the debut, in 1998, of the long-standing popular Alex McKnight series, introducing him as a Detroit cop, shot three times by a lunatic, forced to take a disability retirement three-quarters pension because one bullet remained near his heart and too dangerous to remove. So he left the Motor City and moved to the town of Paradise in the Upper Michigan Peninsula where his father had built several cabins for rental to hunters and winter recreationers. The man who shot him, one Maximillian Rose, also killed his partner and was sent away to a maximum prison for life plus 12 years, with no parole.Fourteen years later, Alex becomes involved in a bizarre situation in which it appears that Rose is in Paradise. It all begins when his good friend, Edwin Fulton, a compulsive gambler, calls Alex for help in the middle of the night from a motel, where Alex discovers the bloody body of a bookmaker to whom Edwin was delivering $5,000. A couple of days later, another bookmaker is killed. Telephone calls and letters lead Alex to believe Rose is responsible. But how, if he is in prison?As an initial effort, the book is somewhat uneven, but still supplies enough suspense and intrigue to keep the reader guessing right up to the unanticipated denouement. Some of the characters are wooden, especially the Soo, MI, police chief, but Alex shows the talent for becoming a first-class PI. And the subsequent installments certainly prove that.Recommended.