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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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 May 22, 2011

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    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 ready for #2 now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Excellent Excellent

    Very suspenseful without being gory

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    If you are a "Michigander" this is a must read!

    Love this series. Lived in Michigan all my life and can really relate to the cities, highways, etc. All accurate. Great author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Enjoyed it all

    A wonderful sense of place and an interesting cast of "characters". The UP is really like no other place in the USA. I highly reccomend an extended visit.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    love it

    I like this writer, I like the main character, his friends and the location so after reading #1 in the series I bought the others and have not been disappointed in any of them. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Great book fast miving

    For someone who likes a fast pace and easy read this is a great book. Interesting twist in last chapter.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Hamilton is great. Alex McKnight a great character!

    Alex McKnight a great character!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    main character lives in paradise ...he has to avoid a sheriff trying to pin a murder on him...all the while being threated by the killer himself

    Rose is still in prison...isn't he? then why is he threatening lives in Paradise? the unique cleverness of the actual killer is a great touch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2009

    I love this book

    Terrific thriller!

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

    Steve Hamilton's books

    I loved all his alex mcnight books .Couldn't put them down .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    A COLD DAY IN PARADISE

    This book was awesome! I've found that you'll read some books that are good until the end, where the author drops you after the climax. This book was eventful all the way. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves the suspense and mystery of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    IGNORE OTHER NEGATIVE COMMENTS

    A good, quick read that keeps you hooked until the very end. A twisted ending that will shock you, and leave you wanting to read it again. Great depiction of life in the U.P.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    I couldn't put the book down.

    I like to read in my spare time around 100 pages a week. But with A Cold Day in Paradise I just couldn't stop. I ended up reading 100 pages a day and finished it in just 3 days.

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