The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight Series #3)

The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight Series #3)

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by Steve Hamilton
     
 

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In his most stunning mystery yet, Steve Hamilton returns readers to the bitter cold of Paradise, Michigan, and the solitary world of Alex McKnight. McKnight moved to the cabins his father built on the Upper Peninsula when a bullet lodged too close to his heart ended his career as a Detroit policeman. His days are passed taking care of the cabins and stopping in at

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In his most stunning mystery yet, Steve Hamilton returns readers to the bitter cold of Paradise, Michigan, and the solitary world of Alex McKnight. McKnight moved to the cabins his father built on the Upper Peninsula when a bullet lodged too close to his heart ended his career as a Detroit policeman. His days are passed taking care of the cabins and stopping in at the Glasgow Inn for his nightly round of Canadian beers.

According to Alex McKnight and anyone else who lives there, "April in Paradise is still cold enough to hurt you." So, on a typical chilly April night, McKnight is sitting in his usual chair at the inn drinking his Canadian beer, unaware that even then someone is traveling 2,000 miles to see him. It is Randy Wilkins, the crazy southpaw pitcher who used to keep McKnight dancing behind the plate in their minor league days. They haven't seen each other in thirty years, but Randy is convinced that McKnight is the right man to help him on his quest. Randy has come back to Michigan to find Maria, the one true love of his life. The only problem? Randy walked away from her in 1971 and hasn't seen or heard from her since. McKnight can't believe what he is hearing. The whole story sounds ridiculous, but McKnight, occasionally known for being a soft touch, agrees to help Randy look for her.

The search takes them to Detroit and as it deepens, McKnight begins to realize that he an unwilling player in a dangerous game.

With gut-wrenching twists and revelations as chilling as a winter night in Paradise, Hamilton unreels another superb mystery that will leave you wondering just how well you know your friends.

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Kirkus Reviews
Alex McNight is hoisting a couple in his favorite local, the Glasgow Inn, when in waltzes Randy Wilkins to put a crimp into his not doing much. True, Alex, a sometime private eye, seldom does do much, though ladies in distress have on occasion (Winter of the Half Moon) got him to stir a stump. At any rate, Randy is an old friend who's made his way to Michigan's Upper Peninsula because he needs help. He's looking for a lost love—well and truly lost, since Randy walked out on Maria Valeska 30 years ago and hasn't set eyes on her since. Why ask Alex for help? Well, as youngsters they were teammates on a minor-league Toledo club—Randy a talented southpaw pitcher, Alex his "good field, no hit" catcher. And the thing about the pitcher-catcher relationship, he explains, is that it gives rise to a mystical, indefinable bond. For instance, Randy tells Alex, "I could never lie to you." It soon develops, however, that he certainly can, and that for him lying is as natural as the "slinky," the sucker curve that was once his money pitch. But Alex is nothing if not quixotic, and so off he goes on the Maria-quest, during which he gets warned off, beaten up, shot at, and generally mistreated and manhandled while tilting at windmills to mixed effect. If the story line sounds weak and wandering, it is: a double disappointment after Alex's two engaging forerunners.
The New York Times Book Review

Hamilton spins such a smooth yarn, it's a real shock when he suddenly pulls the wool over our eyes.
Lee Child

A proven master of suspense.
George Pelecanos

Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels. . . . This is crime writing at its very best.
The Miami Herald

Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won't be beaten down.
Los Angeles Times

[Hamilton's] compelling, vigorous prose doesn't allow the option of taking a break.
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“A proven master of suspense.”—Lee Child

“Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels. . . . This is crime writing at its very best.”—George Pelecanos

“Hamilton spins such a smooth yarn, it’s a real shock when he suddenly pulls the wool over our eyes.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won’t be beaten down.”—The Miami Herald

“[Hamilton’s] compelling, vigorous prose doesn’t allow the option of taking a break.”—Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312268947
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/08/2001
Series:
Alex McKnight Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

STEVE HAMILTON's first Alex McKnight novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel, The Lock Artist, was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making him only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

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