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Ice Run (Alex McKnight Series #6)
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Ice Run (Alex McKnight Series #6)

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by Steve Hamilton
 

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New York Times Bestselling Author of Die a Stranger

Edgar Award–winner Steve Hamilton introduced one of the most compelling characters in modern fiction with Alex McKnight. In Ice Run, Alex finds himself in the middle of a very strange mystery with much greater consequences than he ever anticipated. . . .

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Ice Run (Alex McKnight Series #6) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading ' A Cold Day in Paradise' I ran out and got the next 6 books by Steve Hamilton. His writing style is as slick as the ice in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, his characters like a splash of 50-degree lake water in your face. His plots are very good and you fall in love with Alex McKnight, despite his curmugeon demeanor. Reading this book on a hot South Florida night is almost as good as air conditioning. But Steve H, give Alex a chance at a better life. He's earned it! Women fall in love with these type of guys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just loved this atmospheric novel from Hamilton, his best yet in my opinion. Brings Northern Michigan to life and gets right to the essence of this beautiful state. What is it with these Michigan writers?. My two favourite thrillers of the season Hamiltons' 'Ice Run' and Bradley T. Platts' 'Deadstream both penned by Michiganders. Bring on their next offerings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this one up while on vacation, so read on the folding chair, at the beach. Read it in about two, or three sittings. Well paced, good characters. I will probably try another by this same author. I highly recommend it if the weather where you are is as hot as it is here. It snows thoughout the whole story! A very nice book.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
What would an Alex McKnight novel be without him getting into all kinds of trouble that has nothing to do with him? It just wouldn’t be a novel featuring this protagonist. And this book is no exception to the rule. It begins where its predecessor, “Let It Burn,” left off, with Alex making contact with Natalie Reynaud, the Canadian police officer he met during his wild adventure in the earlier “A Cold Day in Paradise.” They become romantically involved, beginning with a weekend at a luxury hotel in “the Soo” (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). And, naturally, something occurs to spoil the good times. An old man sees them at the hotel, leaving a note in a homburg filled with ice by their hotel room door indicating, “I know who you are.” Alex thinks the message is for him and dives right in seeking answers, getting beat up in return by two brothers and their brother-in-law. But the truth lies elsewhere: in the dark history of Natalie’s family, setting the stage for a cloud on Alex’s blissful state when she shuts down the romance. Hamilton is known for his stark prose and deep character portrayals, especially of the harsh Upper Peninsula environment. And his descriptions of the snow and cold in this novel are no exception. His approach to Natalie is particularly noteworthy, as she blows hot and cold in her relationship with Alex. It will be interesting to see what develops in forthcoming plots. Will they or won’t they progress to a normal relationship, if such a thing could exist in a story in this wonderful series? The novel, of course, is recommended. (This is a trade paperback edition of a novel originally published in 2004)
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Steve continues the story of Alex McKnight... It is just as engagning as 'A Cold Day In Paradise' and the other four books preceeding it in the series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'Ice Run' Steve Hamilton needs to find a new character. Alex Mc Knight is getting old. As for Michigan it leaves me even colder. Steve, move to Georgia or Kingston NY. And most of all, I want my name back. (The real) Alex McKnight,Author of Never Seen, Only Heard
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book went fast and went down like a cold beer. Alex McNight is a great hero... who takes a beating. Another good job by Mr. Hamilton
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Hamilton¿s Ice Run is an old-fashioned tough guy thriller. His protagonist, Alex McKnight, is a cold weather version of Spenser or Travis McGee. The mystery stretches back through time and involves old family feuds and bootlegging. McKnight solves the case between beatings and blizzards. Hamilton has a terse prose style that is a bit different from most of the Chandler - Ross Macdonald wannabes. It reminds me a bit of Dashiell Hammett. He does for the Michigan Peninsula what Loren D. Estleman did for Detroit. I just read the book on a 90 degree weekend and it felt like a cold drink of iced tea.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the publication of A COLD DAY IN PARADISE several years ago, the ¿Alex McKnight¿ series has gotten better and better with each preceding novel. The newest book in the series, ICE RUN, is no exception. It clearly displays the extraordinary talent of author, Steve Hamilton, putting him in the same class as James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, and Dennis Lehane. ICE RUN begins a few months later where BLOOD IN THE SKY left off. Alex McKnight is still seeing Natalie Reynaud, an Ontario police officer who has been on an administrative leave of absence since her partner was killed the previous fall. McKnight is so in love with this woman that he¿s starting to lose weight and to dye his hair, and he doesn¿t mind in the least making a two-and-a-half hour trip to her house once or twice a week. This time, however, Natalie wants to visit him, but McKnight is somewhat embarrassed by the small cabin he lives in and talks Natalie into meeting him at the Ojibway Hotel in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. That is the beginning of their troubles. While at the hotel, they meet a strange old man named Simon Grant who befriends them with a bottle of champagne during dinner. Later, the man leaves them a rather bizarre note that says, ¿I know who you are.¿ He then walks out into a snowstorm at night and freezes to death. When McKnight finds out about Simon Grant¿s death, he begins to dig into the old man¿s past to find out who he was and why he left the note. Unbeknownst to McKnight, he opens Pandora¿s Box with his prying and almost gets killed right off the bat, finding himself caught up in a number of unsolved murders that took place decades before. His love for Natalie will be severely tested as he seeks to find the answers that have eluted the police for so long, refusing to give up and finally accepting the fact that he can¿t do it alone. With the help of his two friends, Leon Prudell and Vinnie LeBlanc, McKnight pushes ahead against the advice of others and eventually finds himself, along with Natalie, facing death with no way out! ICE RUN is one of those books you can¿t put down once it¿s started. The reader quickly finds himself/herself caught up in the mystery of Simon Grant¿s life and how Natalie and McKnight are involved with the past connecting to the present, revealing surprises that will change the lives of these two people forever. Author Steve Hamilton is the real deal and knows how to bring each character alive so that the reader is with them each step of the way. He knows how to create an atmosphere of cutting-edge suspense that is tied closely to the coldness of the locale (which is almost a character within itself), each feeding upon the other and building to an avalanche of shocking revelations that not only stuns the lead characters, but the reader as well. Mysteries and suspense thrillers don¿t get much better this. Needless to say, ICE RUN succeeds on every level and should be a contender for the bestseller lists. If you want a new series to get addicted to, then pick-up the ¿Alex McKnight¿ books. I guarantee you¿ll have all six of them read within the first week!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Hamilton again gives us more than our money's worth with his latest Alex McKnight mystery. His details get me every time. I love that it's in the 80's here and I'm chilly from reading the descriptions of the UP! Alex McKnight is a man's man and the one this woman would love to get to know. Way to go, Steve! Keep up the good work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Hamilton was recently suggested to me as an author I would enjoy. I read this entire series straight through, and it was terrific!!! (Didn't hurt that it's HOT in South Louisiana, and the action takes place mostly in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the winter!) Alex is a great guy-- much like G.M. Ford's Leo Waterman, only in a parka. He can't let go of a question until he has the answer, and although he doesn't have a lot of friends, he will die before he lets one of them down. Start today with 'A Cold Day in Paradise' and read your way through this great series, now while it's hot outside!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Reachers series and one thing I always wanted was a 'Take us back to when he was in the army' well that's exactly what we got with The Enemy, clever the twists and turns through-out the book had me reading this book in one sitting. Great book Reacher Rocks!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alex McKnight is no stranger to having the stuffing beaten out of him. Recovering from wounds obtained while working his last case, he finds that his life away from the world from private investigation will still find a way to drop him in the middle of someone else's trouble. The sea change of looking after his family's holiday cabins in the town of Paradise, Michigan isn't working in the peace like he had hoped it would. Fed up with a relationship that is going nowhere Alex takes the plunge and organises a hotel rendezvous with Natalie Reynaud, a beautiful Canadian woman who has her own reasons to want to live in the shadows for awhile, away from the stresses of being a police officer. It doesn't turn out to be the romantic weekend he had hoped for. Fighting the worst of what winter can throw at him, Alex makes it to the hotel and encounters an elderly gentleman who seems to have been abandoned at the hotel, yet at the same time appears to be quite at home. Returning to their room after dinner the man's distinctive hat is found there, upturned with a bowl of snow inside surrounding a note stating 'I know who you are'. Too late to ask the old man what he means - he has taken a walk in the fierce weather and is later found frozen to death in a snowbank. Where does it go from here? Straight into the murky past of a family feud that dates back generations and murders unsolved. Entry number six in the Alex McKnight series is a winner. Author Steve Hamilton serves it straight up - solid characterization, a quirky plot and a relentless pace all deliver a great read in this successful series. Hamilton strips his narrative of all unnecessary detail and what is left in is both pertinent and entertaining. The character of Alex McKnight is hard not to like and there is sufficient input from the intriguing secondary characters to make you want to search out the other novels. 'Ice Run' functions very well also as a standalone read. Push the cat off the chair and read this one by the fire.