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The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight Series #3)

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It's April in Paradise, a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Alex McKnight is warming himself by the fire, unaware of the visitor who is traveling 3,000 miles to see him that very night. It is Randy Wilkins, Alex's old minor league teammate. They've had no contact in thirty years, but Randy is convinced that Alex is the right man to help him on an unusual quest--to find Maria, the one true love of Randy's life. The only problem? Randy walked away from her in 1971 and hasn't seen or heard from her since. ...
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Overview

It's April in Paradise, a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Alex McKnight is warming himself by the fire, unaware of the visitor who is traveling 3,000 miles to see him that very night. It is Randy Wilkins, Alex's old minor league teammate. They've had no contact in thirty years, but Randy is convinced that Alex is the right man to help him on an unusual quest--to find Maria, the one true love of Randy's life. The only problem? Randy walked away from her in 1971 and hasn't seen or heard from her since. With the aid of his occasional partner, Leon Prudell, Alex agrees to accompany Randy on a short trip to Detroit, Maria's last known home. Alex knows it's a crazy idea, but what's the worst that could happen?
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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.
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“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

“A proven master of suspense.”—Lee Child

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469258966
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Alex McKnight Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 886,744
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Hamilton

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    I don't know about that ending

    I really like Hamilton's writing and I'll keep reading, but the ending left me with nothing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2001

    HAMILTON'S NEWEST NOVEL CONTINUES HIS PERFECT TRACK RECORD!!

    Steven Hamilton¿s newest book, THE HUNTING WIND, is another home run straight out of the park. He brings back Alex McKnight (A COLD DAY IN PARADISE & WINTER OF THE WOLF MOON) for a third outing that takes a hard look at the meaning of friendship and what it entails. McKnight is in the Glasgow Inn one cold night, drinking his favorite Canadian beer, when Randy Wilkins suddenly walks in to ask for his help in locating Maria Valenescu, a woman he once loved and whom he hasn¿t seen in thirty years. Normally, McKnight would say no to a case like this, but Wilkins was a close friend of his when they played together in the minor leagues over three decades ago, plus he¿s a hard man to refuse. Together, they begin to slowly track down Maria, using information on the Internet, birth records, and knocking on doors in the old neighborhoods around Detroit. Something, however, isn¿t quite right. When they finally locate Maria¿s family, both men are beaten up and almost killed by the woman¿s brother. It seems that Maria has been hiding from an individual named Charles Hardwood for several years. Hardwood used to be business partners with her husband, Arthur Zambelli. When Maria¿s husband was mysteriously murdered, she suspected that Hardwood was the one behind it so that he could take over their real estate business and marry her after everything quieted down. Maria didn¿t wait around. Out of fear for herself and her daughter, she took off, moving from place to place, barely managing to stay ahead of Hardwood and his private detectives. McKnight quickly realizes that he and Wilkins have gotten caught in the middle of something very deadly. It isn¿t until his friend is nearly killed, however, that our Michigan detective begins to understand that nothing is quite as it seems. Everyone appears to be lying and more people are definitely about to die. McKnight puts his life on the line in order to get through the tangled web of deceit, trusting no one, not even the man who was once his best friend, fighting the temptation to run as he seeks to learn the truth of who Maria really is. THE HUNTING WIND explores the bond of friendship and what it means. Through the character of Alex McKnight, we are able to learn that the image we have of someone close to us is often only a partial glimpse into the actual person. People change, people wear masks to hide their true nature, and people lie to either protect themselves or to get what they want. How good do we actually know our friends, and how far are we willing to go for the sake of friendship? These are questions posed by the author that every man must answer sooner or later. As with his first two novels, Mr. Hamilton once again weaves an intriguing tale with underlying subplots and riveting suspense, carrying the reader on a meandering path, whose final destination is unknown. The characters are vivid and true to life, making us care, hate, desire, mistrust, and ultimately to believe in them. I especially liked Maria, feeling the intense desire for her that McKnight experiences, knowing that it would be easy for any man to succumb to her seductive manipulations. The prose is taut with not a word wasted,and it grabs the reader by the shirttails in the first couple of paragraphs, demonstrating what good writing is all about. With just three novels, Steve Hamilton has managed to take his place amongst the top authors in the field of ¿mystery¿ writing. If you¿re an individual who likes the ¿Matthew Scudder¿ series by Lawrence Block or the ¿Dave Robicheaux¿ books by James Lee Burke, then give the novels by Steve Hamilton a shot. I guarantee you won¿t be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    The Dog

    She wagged her tail, sniffing the brush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Cloudstorm

    A she cat goes to winter. She looks around and grabs some herbs. Then she asks the cat what happened

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Person

    "Hello?" A scratchy, baritone voice calls out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Winter

    She rubs the dog and pulls out a brush brushing the tangles knots and burrs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    If you enjoy Michigan Mysteries

    Then read this book as well as other books by Steve Hamilton. Great characters, likable even with their flawed personalities. If you are from Michigan you will identify with the landmarks, whether Detroit or the UP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    great dessert

    I've read several of his books and thought they were an enjoyable escape. Just ordered 2 more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A good read!!

    Another good mystery read by one of my favorite authors. Looking for more of his works to continue following Steve. A must read for book clubs.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended - always a twist - you must check it out!

    Mr. Hamilton does a tremendous job of keeping ones interest in the story, and there are twists & turns you don't anticipate, exciting all the way to the end. I enjoy how he "paints a picture" with regards to the environment and his characters - you feel like you have been there, or you might know them. I have read all his books, he can't write them fast enough for me!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Three run homer

    In Michigan¿s Upper Peninsular, the last person local Alex McKnight expects to see is the Left-hander. Thirty years ago Alex was the catcher and Randy Wilkins was a promising young pitcher in the Tiger Tripe A Team at Toledo. When Randy went to the majors in 1971, that was the last time they saw each other until he enters the Glasgow Inn to hire Alex. Randy wants Alex to find the love of his life Maria Valeska. They split after about a week together when Randy fell apart due to his only major league appearance being a shellacking by the champion Orioles. <P>Alex, a former cop, refuses to conduct a missing person¿s search until he learns that his so-called partner Leon Prudell accepted Randy as a client. Because he broke his leg, Leon cannot do the physical search. Reluctantly, Alex agrees to help his former teammate, but soon begins to wonder what the real score is. <P>The third appearance of Alex McKnight is exactly like the first two novels, a home run. The story line is entertaining and fast-paced, as Alex hesitantly becomes involved in something that will shred his positive memories of his four years in the minors. Alex remains as fresh as when he first started in A COLD DAY IN PARADISE. No sophomore (see WINTER OF THE WOLF MOON) nor third year slump either for Steve Hamilton, who continually writes some of the best series mysteries on the market today. <P>Harriet Klausner

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