A Stolen Season (Alex McKnight Series #7)

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"On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldn't feel so unusual if it wasn't the Fourth of July, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they're all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again." "He couldn't be more wrong." "It's not enough that Natalie
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"On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldn't feel so unusual if it wasn't the Fourth of July, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they're all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again." "He couldn't be more wrong." "It's not enough that Natalie Reynaud, the woman who has become the center of his life, is five hundred miles away, working a dangerous undercover operation in Toronto. Now Alex has even more problems when the men from the boat get tangled up with his best friend, Vinnie. It's all Alex can do to keep Vinnie from killing them or being killed by them." With Vinnie in danger on one side of the border, and Natalie in just as much danger on the other, what comes next will be the absolute darkest hour of Alex's life, beyond anything he's ever faced before.
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Steve Hamilton's seventh Alex McKnight novel (Ice Run, Blood Is the Sky, et al.) is an emotionally supercharged, darkly atmospheric masterwork matching the bleak setting of Michigan's Upper Peninsula with the spiritual condition of the series' forlorn protagonist, former Detroit cop McKnight.

Although it's allegedly summer in northern Michigan, the Fourth of July finds the inhabitants of the UP experiencing abnormally cold, wet, and downright dismal weather. Standing on the shores of Waishkey Bay, watching the numbing fog engulf everything around him, McKnight is deep in thought -- especially concerning the recent departure of the only really significant person in his life, Ontario police officer Natalie Reynaud -- when a wooden boat crashes full speed into old bridge pilings a few hundred feet from shore. Along with some other onlookers, McKnight heroically rescues the three men aboard, only to be approached by them a few days later and ordered to hand over a mysterious lockbox he supposedly stole from the wreckage -- or else. As the love of his life slowly slips away from him, working undercover in Toronto, McKnight is drawn into a deadly confrontation with ruthless criminals involved in a prescription drug smuggling ring…

A Stolen Season is one of those rare novels in which everything -- the setting, character development, symbolism, pacing, etc. -- flows together seamlessly to create a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. And mystery fans who may have not yet read an Alex McKnight novel need not worry: Hamilton does a great job of getting readers quickly caught up on backstory and making every book a stand-alone. No novel is perfect -- but A Stolen Season sure comes close… Paul Goat Allen
Maureen Corrigan
A Stolen Season is one of those mysteries that lull readers into a sense of security, but nothing is certain here. At the very end of this extreme tale, a dazed McKnight comments on the Ojibwa Indian word "dagwaging," which can refer to either the season of balmy Indian summer or to chilly fall. McKnight says he has to live "with the dagwaging I'd been dealt. Then [get] through another long winter so I can see how the world looks when springtime comes again." That minimalist statement is what counts as optimism in McKnight's stark universe.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
The chill of Michigan's Upper Peninsula doesn't cool the action in Edgar-winner Hamilton's expertly paced seventh Alex McKnight novel (after 2005's Ice Run). On an unusually frigid Fourth of July night, the retired Detroit cop and his sometime partner, Leon Prudell, save three men from a boating accident in Lake Superior's Waishkey Bay. But the men return to accuse their rescuers of stealing a locked box off the boat, and Alex discovers that they're squeezing members of the Bay Mills Indian reservation for government-financed prescription painkillers. As Alex closes in on the dealers, he narrowly avoids death. Meanwhile, his long-distance girlfriend, Ontario police officer Natalie Reynaud, goes undercover in Toronto to ferret out an illegal arms dealer. When she pays Alex a surprise visit at his Paradise, Mich., cabin, their operations intersect with tragic results. Plot turnarounds and double-crosses ensure a startling conclusion. Author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Trouble seems to find Alex McKnight, ex-Detroit cop who has retreated to Paradise in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to escape the psychic desolation resulting from his partner's death. In this seventh of the series, Alex and friends rescue three boaters who turn out to be big trouble-drugs, gun-running, and murder just for a start. With his Ontario cop girlfriend, Natalie, undercover in a sting operation, his Ojibway friend, Vinnie, beaten senseless, and Alex's conviction that a mysterious Canadian is behind it all, even a wintry summer in the North heats up. Hamilton is the only author to have won an Edgar and a Shamus for his first novel (A Cold Day in Paradise), but this whole series continues to develop. Despite depressing weather and spiritual isolation, we care about these characters as they grow in each book. The slam-bang action, wilderness locale, and climactic plot twists will have readers eagerly awaiting Alex's next adventure. For all mystery collections. Hamilton lives in up-state New York.-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Michigan's Upper Peninsula has seen its share of iron winters-in 1995, it snowed six feet in a single day-but this one feels, as one depressed party puts it, like "something in the air is just plain broken."Maybe that's because lovely Natalie Reynaud is no longer around to provide warmth and comfort for ex-cop Alex McKnight. Having used up her sick leave, she's gone back to Canada to resume her own police work, leaving her lover bereft and bemused. Alex (Ice Run, 2004, etc.) doesn't quite know what to make of Natalie. Will she become a fixture in his life? Does she want to? Is she as uncertain about that as he is? Meanwhile, thank heaven, there are distractions. Three men in a Chris-Craft manage to slam it into an abandoned railroad bridge, totaling the boat and nearly themselves, if it weren't for Alex and friends. And yet it's a rescue evoking scant gratitude. These are hard guys working for bottom-feeders, connected to the kind of sleazy operation that has grief written all over it. Before it plays itself out, the price to Alex will be violence and bloodletting and bitter loss. The cast is strong and the local color vivid as ever, but this time, the plot has the phoned-in feel of characters in search of a story.
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"Expertly paced…startling."—Publishers Weekly

"One of those mysteries that lulls readers into a sense of security, but nothing is certain here."—Washington Post Book World

"Hair-raising suspense."

Booklist

"The chill of Michigan's Upper Peninsula doesn't cool the action in Edgar-winner Hamilton's expertly paced seventh Alex McNight novel…Plot turnarounds and double-crosses ensure a startling conclusion."

Publishers Weekly

"Hamilton's gamble of putting the most exciting action offstage with the girlfriend pays off big-time here. Hair-raising suspense with poignant characterization."

Booklist

"Guaranteed to leave readers breathless."

Mystery News

"The cast is strong and the local color as vivid as ever."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hamilton... paint[s] a rich and vivid portait of a world where the chill in the air is often matched by that of the soul."—Providence Journal-Bulletin

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  • ISBN-13: 9781469294193
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Alex McKnight Series , #7
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Hamilton

STEVE HAMILTON attended the University of Michigan and won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing. His first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest. It went on to win the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. In 2006, Hamilton won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. He lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

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A Stolen Season

An Alex McKnight Novel
By Hamilton, Steve

St. Martin's Minotaur

Copyright © 2006 Hamilton, Steve
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312353605

Chapter One 
From the beginning, everything about the night was wrong.
 
Everything.
 
It was cold. That was the first thing. It was cold and there was a wet fog hanging over the water. The kind of fog that creeps into your bones, no matter how many layers you’re wearing. The cold gets into your lungs and chills you from the inside out.
 
I was in Brimley, too—the last place I’d expect to be. It’s normally just a stop on the road, halfway around the bay if you’re driving from Paradise to Sault Ste. Marie. There are two restaurants in town, with two different strategies for serving liquor, one of life’s essentials on a night like this. Willoughby’s has a separate bar in back, and the Cozy switches over at nine o’clock every night, when everyone under twenty-one is kicked out. There’s one gas station with a little store on the side, and that’s about it, the whole town right there, just down the road from the Bay Mills Indian Community. The rez. On a clear night I could have stood there on the shore and seen the casino lights across the water. But this was anything but a clear night.
 
I figured Vinnie was probably over there, working at the blackjack tables, keeping order in his ownquiet way. He had been a dealer for a few years. Now he was a pit boss. Vinnie’s a Bay Mills Ojibwa, even though he lives off the rez. He’s my neighbor, in fact, and one of my three last friends in the world. But I knew I wouldn’t be seeing him that night, even if he was just around the bay. I leave the man alone when he’s working. Hell, I leave him alone most of the time. That’s just the way things are with him.
 
Normally, I’d be back in Paradise on a night like this, spending my last waking hours at the Glasgow Inn. I’d sit in one of the big overstuffed chairs by the fire. Maybe there’d be a game on the television over the bar. Jackie Connery, the owner of the place and the Supreme Commander, was another friend. Although, unlike Vinnie, I seldom left Jackie alone. He’d never admit it, but Jackie would be lost without me, without my daily commentary on the way he makes breakfast, runs his bar, builds a fire, you name it. He tries to return the favor, but I ignore most of his advice. And his insults. Despite everything, he always has a cold Molson Canadian waiting for me, every single night without fail. He drives across the bridge to Canada once a week to buy a case for me, supposedly on his way to do something else. I think it’s just a ritual to him now. An excuse to get out from behind the bar. Either that or he really wants me to have my Molson.
 
Yeah, a cold beer and my feet up by the fire. That would have been another plan for this night. Instead of standing here on the edge of Waishkey Bay, in a stranger’s backyard, looking out at the cold fog. Waishkey Bay opens up into Whitefish Bay, and beyond that lies the vast unbroken surface of the biggest, coldest, deepest lake in the world. Lake Superior. I could hear it out there. I could feel it. I just couldn’t see it.
 
I wrapped my coat tighter around my body and tried to convince myself I didn’t need to shiver. I knew once that started, it wouldn’t stop until I went inside. I wasn’t ready to do that yet. There was too much noise in there. Too much smoke. I wanted to stay out here a little longer, by myself, looking out at the fog and what little I could make out in the night sky. Later, there would be fireworks, maybe invisible but fireworks just the same, right here over Waishkey Bay.
 
Yes, that was the other strange thing about this night. I was standing here cursing myself for not wearing a warmer coat on the Fourth of July.
 
It wasn’t right. I swear, this was not fair at all. We live for the summers up here. It’s the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for God’s sake, as far away from civilization as you can get without leaving the country. The winters last forever up here. Or at least they feel that way. It’s brutally, inhumanly cold. The snowstorms gather their strength from the lake and then they unleash themselves on us like they have orders from God to bury us forever. In 1995 we got six feet of snow in one day.
 
Twenty-four hours.
 
Six. Feet. Of Snow.
 
Most years, it doesn’t even melt until May. Then we might get a quick flash of spring. The temperature might break forty and we’re practically lying on the beach in our bathing suits. That’s how desperate we are for a little sunshine. The snow will sneak back a few times and dump a few more inches in the middle of the night. Just teasing us. Then finally the earth will tilt into position and the summer will seem to come all at once. The old joke, how summer was on a Thursday last year. That’s how brief it seems. How fleeting.
 
But God, what a summer it is. For one blink of an eye, this becomes the most beautiful place in the world. There’s a light up here. You have to see it to know it. The way it hits the water in the evenings. The way the wind comes off the lake and you can look all the way down a long straight road and see the trees moving one by one.
 
The sunsets.
 
The desolate, heartbreaking beauty of this goddamned place. This home of mine.
 
But not this year. For whatever reason, we’re skipping summer altogether. We’re rushing right back into those fall months when the lake turns into a monster. Almost overnight, six-foot waves ready to batter the great ships again. To miss out on the promise of summer, it is the cruelest thing imaginable, and everyone, every last person living up here, has been feeling it.
 
For me, there’s even more to regret. But not just now. No use becoming completely suicidal. It’ll be there when I finally make it home to my bed. When I close my eyes and remember what her face looks like. When I wonder what she’s doing at that very moment, five hundred miles away.
 
I heard footsteps behind me. I was expecting it to be Leon, my third and last friend in the whole world, and the reason why I was here in Brimley that night. But instead it was the man named Tyler. I had just met him a couple of hours ago, so I didn’t know the man. What I did know was that Tyler must have cut quite a figure back in the sixties. He still had long dark hair tied in a braid down his back. Up here in Ojibwa land, that doesn’t set you apart too much, but everything else about him did. He was wearing a bright red and green tie-dyed jacket, and it looked like he got his little round eyeglasses from John Lennon’s estate sale. From what I gathered, he’d been a musician most of his life, and he’d come up here to be the entertainment director when they opened up the bigger casino in Sault Ste. Marie. He’d bought this old house in Brimley because it had a huge garage, bigger than the house even, with plenty of room for him to work on his old cars. Within a year, he’d quit the job at the casino and had turned half the garage into a state-of-the-art recording studio. He had the whole setup in there, with the sound damping walls and the separate little room for him to sit in with all of his equipment. I couldn’t even imagine how much it all cost, or where an old hippie had gotten all that money. But apparently the studio had become a local success story, with musicians from all over the state coming up to record just a few yards away from the lake.
 
The best part? Aside from this guy building his own recording studio and fixing anything with four wheels, he was also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Hair and all. Although I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. Any man who can survive up here year-round has to be great at a dozen different things and pretty damned good at a dozen more.
 
“Can you believe this?” he said. “It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a monkey. No, wait, that’s not right.”
 
“Brass monkey,” I said. “My father used to say that.”
 
“Brass monkey. Whatever that is. I’ll try to remember it.”
 
“Are Leon and the boys ready yet?”
 
“Almost,” he said, looking back at the garage. He shook his head. “As ready as they’re ever gonna be, I guess. Whaddya think of this, Alex?”
 
Two hours in his acquaintance, and he was already treating me like a long lost friend. Or a kindred spirit, perhaps. Somebody who seemed to think we had a lot in common, despite our outward appearances. Hell, maybe we did. God knows I could have used another friend. Jackie, Vinnie, and finally Leon. That was the whole deal right there.
 
Leon—I had met him at the Glasgow one night. Leon with the wild orange hair and the flannel shirt, the big local goofball that nobody had ever taken seriously, not for one second. He had come up to Paradise to fight me in the parking lot, all because he had lost his dream job as a private investigator. The lawyer who was paying him had somehow convinced me to take his place, but the job turned out to be anything but a dream. Not long after that, I found out that Leon actually knew what he was doing. And that I most definitely did not.
 
We were partners for a while. I still have some of the business cards he had made up. Prudell-McKnight Investigations, his name first because it sounded better that way. Or so he said. With the two guns on either side of the card, pointing at each other.
 
Of course, I had no desire to be a PI. With Leon as my partner or not. But that didn’t stop the trouble from finding me. I can’t even count the number of times Leon helped me. With the computer stuff, or hell, just the fact that he had a gun for me after I threw mine in the lake. I owed him my life.
 
I started feeling bad about it, the way I’d only go see him if I needed his help with something. I promised myself I’d make a point of taking him out to lunch every so often. Or stopping by his house, even though the sight of me still made his wife nervous.
 
Or watching him play. That’s right. Leon and his band. Just when I thought he was done surprising me, he called me up and told me he was getting his old band together to record a demo.
 
“What band?” I had said. “What are you talking about?”
 
“It’s a rock-and-roll band. We used to play together in college.”
 
“At Lake State? You were in a band?”
 
“Yeah, we played in all the bars. Didn’t I ever tell you about that?”
 
“What was your band’s name, pray tell?”
 
“We were Leon and the Leopards back then.”
 
“You’re kidding me.”
 
“But if we really get back together, I’m sure we’ll get a new name.”
 
“Leon,” I had said. “You are something else.”
 
“Hey, if I can’t do the one thing I love the most . . .”
 
He didn’t have to finish the thought. I knew exactly where he was going. He even tried to do it on his own once. Rented the office, put his name on the door. The whole thing. It didn’t work out. He’d been working down at the custom motor shop ever since, selling snowmobiles.
 
“Well, music might be a distant second,” he had said. “Put it that way.”
 
He was the drummer, which made sense, I guess. If Leon Prudell was going to be in a rock band, it would have to be behind the drums. Just like I had to be a catcher back in my ballplaying days. It just seemed to fit my personality.
 
“Tell me the truth,” I said to Tyler. “Are these guys any good?”
 
“They’re a little rough. But they’ve got . . . something.”
 
“Uh-huh.”
 
“They do. It’s something.”
 
“You’re a master of diplomacy.”
 
“You gonna come back inside?”
 
“I was just getting some air,” I said. Truth was, I had already sat in the studio listening to them for an hour, until my head started to hurt. Between the bright lights, the noise, and for God’s sake the cigarette smoke. Either Tyler had people smoking in there in shifts, twenty-four hours a day, or else he was using the place to cure tobacco leaves. I’ve heard that they’ve all but banned indoor smoking in some states now, but the idea sure as hell hasn’t gotten to Michigan yet.
 
“It’s getting worse,” he said, stepping closer to his dock. “You can’t even see the Point now.”
 
“The Point? Where’s that?”
 
“It’s about a mile out. There was a lumber mill out there, long time ago. You can still see where the bridge was.”
 
“A bridge?”
 
“Look down this line. You can see the old pilings.” He gave the air a slow karate chop, and as I followed the line I started to see the dark shapes in the water. There seemed to be two separate lines of them, about five feet apart, running parallel out to where the island must have been.
 
“What was it, a railroad bridge?”
 
“Exactly. It was quicker just to go right through the bay, instead of going around. The line ran right through my backyard.”
 
“When did they close the mill?”
 
“It burned down one day, around the turn of the century. I’ve got an old newspaper picture hanging in the house.”
 
“And they just left those things in the water, all the way out there?”
 
“They go about halfway. If it wasn’t so foggy, you could see where they end. You have to watch out for them when you’re out in the boat.”
 
“I imagine.”
 
I kept looking at the old wooden pilings in the water. It looked like the backs of two long sea monsters, swimming side by side into the fog. Then I heard another voice behind me.
 
“Did the fireworks start yet?” It was Leon. He had a baseball cap on now, with the script D of the Detroit Tigers.
 
“Doesn’t matter much,” Tyler said. “We won’t be able to see them. Did you guys decide on a track yet?”
 
He looked back at the studio. There was a big picture window overlooking the lake, and the light was casting a faint glow on the backyard, all the way down to the water’s edge.
 
“I don’t know if we’re going to be able to record anything tonight,” he said. “I’m sorry to waste your time like this.”
 
“You’re not,” Tyler said. “What else would I be doing on a night like this?”
 
“It feels like November,” Leon said, rubbing his arms. “Whatever happened to global warming?”
 
We heard a faint boom just then, from somewhere around the other side of Waishkey Bay.
 
“They’re trying to do the fireworks,” Tyler said. “I can’t believe it.”
 
There was another boom. We could see a few red streamers in the air. Just barely. Michigan is already pretty loose with its fireworks laws, and on the reservation it gets even looser. You can fire off just about anything short of an intercontinental missile, but on this night it was a total waste of gunpowder. Whoever it was over there, he fired off five or six more before finally giving up.
 
“Well, that’s it for this year,” Tyler said. “I think summer is officially canceled.”
 
“Wait, what’s that sound now?” Leon said.
 
From inside the studio behind us, somebody ran through a few guitar chords.
 
“That’s your man Eugene,” Tyler said. “Pretending he’s Jimi Hendrix. Does he know how to tune that thing?”
 
“No, I mean out there,” Leon said.
 
The guitar stopped. The three of us stood there in the near silence, listening. There was a low droning noise, somewhere out on the bay. It was getting louder.
 
“It’s a boat,” Tyler said.
 
“Is it safe to be out there?”
 
“As long as you know where you’re going.”
 
“You can’t even see where you’re going.”
 
“You have to have the right equipment.”
 
The noise was getting louder.
 
“Whoever it is,” Leon said, “he’s going fast.”
 
“If he’s been here before, he can follow one of his old GPS courses . . . But yeah, you’re right. Even if you’re on a safe line, I don’t think you want to be going that fast. You don’t know what might get in your way.”
 
It got louder. It was coming closer to us.
 
“Wait a minute,” Tyler said. “It sounds like—”
 
“He’s coming this way,” Leon said.
 
“He can’t. Not this close. He’ll run right into the pilings.”
 
Louder and louder. The unmistakable roar of a powerful boat, and now that it was getting closer, the slapping of the hull against the water.
 
We saw it. A dark shape, moving fast. Like it was coming right at us. Like it would leap onto the shore and run us over.
 
“Stop!” Tyler yelled. He ran down onto his dock. “Cut your motor!”
 
It was useless. There was no way the driver could hear him. The boat kept coming, and then finally it turned to its port side. It wouldn’t hit the dock now. But the pilings.
 
Copyright © 2006 by Steve Hamilton. All rights reserved.

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A Note to My Fellow Readers

I say fellow readers because I'm sure that's one big thing we have in common. If you love crime fiction as much as I do, you know there are a lot of great writers in the field right now. You can do almost anything in a mystery, tell almost any kind of story, and set it almost anywhere. Even in a little town that can get six feet of snow in one day and still call itself Paradise.

A Stolen Season is the seventh book in the Alex McKnight series. If I'm lucky enough to count you among the readers who may have been looking forward to this book, then you already know Alex, and you already know Paradise, Michigan. You know it's a pretty unforgivable place, and that once you cross the bridge into the Upper Peninsula, you enter a different world. After a long, brutal winter, the summer seems to go by so quickly -- but for those few shining days it may be the most beautiful place on earth.

Imagine what a cruel twist it would be if summer never came. But that's exactly what Alex is facing as he stands on the shore of Lake Superior, looking out into the cold fog. When a distant hum turns into the roar of an outboard motor, Alex knows that something truly horrible is about to happen. Minutes later, Alex is out on the lake himself, helping to pull three men out of what's left of an antique wooden boat.

What comes after that…. Well, I won't say anything else. If you do read this book, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope your own days in Paradise are never this cold.

Thanks!

Steve Hamilton
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    superb seventh McKnight mystery

    In the Upper Peninsular of Michigan, retired Detroit cop Alex McKnight noted how freezing the Fourth of July is this year as he stops in Brimley for a drink or two and a baseball game on TV to warm his insides though he knows summer here lasts one day. Even a brass monkey would freeze its balls off in this cold. Alex, his so-called sleuthing partner Leon Prudell (of Prudell-McKnight Investigation fame) and Coast Guard Auxiliary Tyler soon are outside in the cold rescuing three drunken men (Cap, Harry, and Brucie) from a boating accident in nearby Waishkey Bay. --- Not long after saving the lives of the trio, the grateful threesome return to Brimley and accuse Alex and his two friends (make that one pal and a possible bud) of stealing their locked box from their devastated boat. Angrily, Alex does a bit of investigating and learns that the gruesome threesome are extorting the Bay Mills Indian tribe out of government funded painkillers that they resell on the black market. As he continue his inquiries, his Ontario police officer girlfriend Natalie Reynaud arrives at his cabin in Paradise because her undercover illegal arms case has connections on the American side of Lake Superior that soon ties into Alex¿s prescription medicine investigation. --- The seventh McKnight mystery is a superb entry that not only brings to life the area, but also highlights a growing problem with prescription pill contraband. The story line is filled with twists and turns, and red herrings as everyone seems as if they are double crossing one another until the shocking climax. Steve Hamilton is at his Edgar best with this unnerving tale in which the chilling weather fits the mood. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    highly recommend! if you enjoyed the first 6 you will love this one!

    Alex must deal with a great amount of emotions and of course dangers in this book. Vinnie, Leon, and Jackie are all there to help and even Chief Maven plays a part in this one. I really enjoy these books and cannot wait to get to the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    Heartbreakingly Wonderful

    It's extremely rare for me to remain loyal to an author who completly breaks my heart. Steve Hamilton is one of those very few. A Stolen Season is beautiful in all of its violence and I continue to love Alex more and more with each book. I love how the weather and its elements remain as strong a character in Steve's novels as the humans. But man, Steve, cut this guy a tiny break. Please. My heart is heavy for Alex and his 'I'm destined to be alone' thoughts. I'm ready for the next Alex novel and I'm going to have a real hard time waiting for it.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    If you love Steve Hamilton you'll love this

    I only found Steve Hamilton last summer and since then I have read all of his books. The characters are interesting and loyal to the hero of all the books, Alex McKnight. Once you get to know the characters you'll love them too. I would recommend this book (and all the other Steve Hamilton books) as good mysteries with lots of information about the upper peninsula of Michigan.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    I seem to be out of step with the other reviewers (except perhap

    I seem to be out of step with the other reviewers (except perhaps Kirkus Reviews) because I really disliked this book
    in the series. More pages were devoted to a mawkish account of Alex's obsession with Natalie, whom I have not liked
    since her introduction in the previous book, than to the mystery. The book lacked the quirky humor that made the
    previous books -- and Alex -- so enjoyable. It felt almost as if the book had been written by someone else because it
    was so different from the previous books. I've started the next book in the series and, thankfully, the writing style and
    Alex seem to be back on track. My advice is to skip this book in the series and go straight to "Misery Bay." You won't
    miss a thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Hamilton at his best!

    If you like Steve Hamilton's writing, and the Alex McNight series in particular, this is one of Steve's best! If your new to the series, I wouldn't start with this one - go back to at least #5. I keep thinking he's going to run out of things to say, but it certainly hasn't happened yet. Good Stuff!

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    AWESOME!

    If you are from Michigan this is a "must read". Even if you are not from Michigan, the Alex McNight series is great!

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