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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.

Very Highly Recommended

What a great, exciting, fast-paced story! Steve Hamilton captures you at page one, ties you up and keeps you hostage with this exciting, hysterically funny at times, heart-pounding cliff hanger of a story. McKnight is wonderful - makes me think of Tom Selleck. I'm re...
What a great, exciting, fast-paced story! Steve Hamilton captures you at page one, ties you up and keeps you hostage with this exciting, hysterically funny at times, heart-pounding cliff hanger of a story. McKnight is wonderful - makes me think of Tom Selleck. I'm ready for #2 now.

posted by miss_dobie on May 22, 2011

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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 March 24, 2011

    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 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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Dissapointed after The Lock Artist

    I had high expectations for this book after having read The Lock Artist. The Lock Artist was fun, but this one was a slog. None of the joy in the Lock Artist was in this book.

    I should have paid attention to my fellow readers' reviews. *sigh*

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    A VERY reluctant hero?

    I had trouble appreciating the story line. I never fully comprehended how the friendship central to the story came about. And I had a real problem with the ending. It was pretty well telegraphed with only a couple of wrinkles. But the very end left me in a Huh? sort of daze.
    I have trouble recommending this one.

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