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A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good Story

Enjoyed this book. Will read more by Steve Hamilton

posted by Samijoe on July 1, 2012

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This is not a really a detective story - there is no logic to it.

It is an interesting enough story if you are willing to completely set aside common sense and logic. Everything about this story seemed forced - the ridiculously Rube Goldbergian plot that depended on an enormous number of variables, the nonsensical reasoning of the ma...
It is an interesting enough story if you are willing to completely set aside common sense and logic. Everything about this story seemed forced - the ridiculously Rube Goldbergian plot that depended on an enormous number of variables, the nonsensical reasoning of the main character, the baseless conflict between the main character and the local chief of police, and especially the strange relationship between McKnight and the married Sylvia.

The dialog was especially stale. As I read each exchange of words between the various characters, I couldn't help but think the region is inhabited by particularly stupid people. If a group of friends discovers that one their own has recently experienced a traumatic event, is it realistic to expect them to simply ignore that person out of charity? Not even a "Hey buddy, you okay?"

Even as I was shaking my head in exasperation, waiting for some character to do or say something that made sense, I still felt there was the promise of a good story. Even as the ending approached, I hoped that the author would salvage the novel by coming up with a some coherent way of tying all the disconnected nonsense up in the end, but I was disappointed. The absurd plot against McKnight was revealed, and the novel ended with the promise of more absurdety to come in future stories.

posted by PJJ on March 24, 2011

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    This sure ain't "The Lock Artist!"

    Crime isn't my regular genre. I purchased this book because I read Hamilton's more-recent "The Lock Artist" on vacation and found it compelling and touching, and wanted to read some more of his material. Unfortunately, this novel turned out to feature every cliche that steers folks away from detective fiction: the disgraced former cop; the still-alluring ex; the unnaturally attached mother. It's also an unfortunate blend of clunky dialog, predictable figurative language, and less-than-convincing characters. I would still read Steve Hamilton again, but it won't be Alex McKnight. I'll wait for him to produce more stand-alone works that get out of the genre box a bit more. McKnight is for readers who want to know what to expect out of their mysteries (doesn't make sense, but they must be out there, or this book wouldn't be so popular.)

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Don't bother

    Dark, cold and uninviting, this is a book you should read if you want to be depressed. I always complete the books I begin, but not this one. Don't bother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    Painfully boring ...

    Having read Lock Artist, which was pretty interesting, I expected A COLD DAY IN PARADISE to be quite good. Should have stuck with the negative reviews as this book was painfully boring. I'd rather have a root canal, seriously. More like A HOT DAY IN HADES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2003

    A Cold Day in Paradise

    I was expecting this book to be much better based on previous reviews and awards won (??). I found it poorly written and very difficult to stay interested in. Most of it is meandering dialog, predicated on violence, but with little substance. A waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    A Cold Day in Paradise

    I was drawn to the book by the other reviews and the awards that it has supposedly won. I found it to be a big disappointment! Poorly written and full of idle banter just to keep it moving. I regret spending the time following it to the end.

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