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Ex-cop and sometime P.I. Alex McKnight endures the bitter winter of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in his log cabin with warm fires and cold Molsons. When Dorothy Parrish, a young Ojibwa woman, asks him for shelter from her violent boyfriend, McKnight agrees. But after secreting her in one of his cabins, he finds her gone the next morning. McKnight suspects vicious, hockey-playing Lonnie Bruckman of abducting the woman. But his search for her brings on more suspects, bruising encounters, and a thickening web of crime, all obscured by the relentless whiplash of brutal snowstorms. From the secret world of the Ojibwa reservation to the Canadian border and deep into the silent woods, someone is out to kill-and McKnight is driving right into the line of fire...

Author Biography: STEVE HAMILTON, born and raised in the Detroit area, now works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and children.

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Winter of the Wolf Moon is Steve Hamilton's satisfying follow-up to last year's triumph, A Cold Day In Paradise, his highly praised, Edgar Award-winning debut. Return to Michigan's arctic Upper Peninsula as reluctant private investigator Alex McKnight desperately searches for a missing Native American woman, a suitcase loaded with something that's valuable to someone, and a hockey-playing goon who may (or may not) hold the key to the bloody trail that seems to be inching closer and closer to McKnight and his "partner" Purdell. This is gripping, clever, beautifully rendered entertainment. McKnight is, in this editor's opinion, one of the coolest American P. I.'s (probably because he doesn't want to be one at all) since Parker's Spenser started cracking clues back in the early '70s. Simply a joy to read.

--Andrew LeCount

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Not long after winning the 1999 Edgar Award for his debut novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, Steve Hamilton returns with an assured, compelling second novel that lends some credence to the publisher's claim that Hamilton will become "the next big thing in Mystery." The new book, evocatively entitled Winter of the Wolf Moon, is set once again in Paradise, a small town in the arctic Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and marks the return of that world-weary, middle-aged, reluctant private investigator, Alex McKnight.

As Winter of the Wolf Moon opens, Alex, a former minor league baseball player, has foolishly agreed to fill in as goalie for the Red Sky Rangers, a 30-and-over "slow puck" hockey team captained by his close friend Vinnie LeBlanc and composed, largely, of Native American residents of the local Ojibwa reservation. Alex anticipates, quite correctly, that an hour of ice hockey will lead to a morning of bruises, aches, and overextended muscles. Unfortunately, it also leads to his direct involvement in a complex series of crimes concerning a missing Ojibwa woman, a drug-addled hockey player, a pair of overzealous DEA operatives, a Russian crimelord, and a missing suitcase filled with stolen drugs. Some days, nothing goes as planned.

It all begins with Alex's on-the-ice encounter with Lonnie Bruckman, whose normally combative style of play is exacerbated by the drugs he has obviously ingested. Later, following a postgame confrontation that quickly turns violent, Alex has a very different sort of encounter with Bruckman's girlfriend, Dorothy Parrish, a young Ojibwa woman who has recently returned to Paradise, her childhood home town. Desperate and obviously frightened, she turns to Alex for sanctuary, for protection from unspecified hazards. Alex, who naturally believes that Lonnie Bruckman is at the root of her troubles, agrees to help and allows her to hide out in an isolated cabin that his father built when Alex was a boy. From this point on, everything that can go wrong does.

The next morning, Dorothy goes missing. The cabin that she slept in has been virtually destroyed. Also missing is a white canvas bag that -- as Alex eventually learns -- contains a large quantity of a particularly nasty street drug called "wildcat." The bag has been stolen from an émigré Russian hoodlum named Molinov, and he wants it back. The search for Dorothy, and for the stolen cache of wildcat, dominates the remainder of the novel. As Alex follows Dorothy's trail -- and is followed in turn by a number of interested parties on both sides of the law -- Winter of the Wolf Moon grows darker and more violent. By the time the mystery of Dorothy's disappearance is finally resolved, Alex has been subjected to an extended series of physical and emotional traumas that will leave him subtly, but permanently, altered.

Winter of the Wolf Moon works quite well as a traditional thriller, but its real strengths lie in Hamilton's highly developed sense of place and in his ability to populate his fictional locale with a credible gallery of characters. Hamilton evokes the harsh, isolated environment of the Upper Peninsula with care and narrative economy. The insular world of Paradise, Michigan -- with its bars and casinos, its snowmobiling tourists, its occasionally uneasy mixture of white and Ojibwa cultures -- comes to vivid and immediate life. Hamilton does a particularly good job of evoking the omnipresent power of the natural world. Weather, in particular, is a palpable element throughout this novel, a potent force that dominates the story's background, influencing the lives of the characters and their community at every turn.

But the real heart of Winter of the Wolf Moon is its stubborn, solitary narrator/hero, the appropriately named Alex McKnight. The McKnight of this novel is 48 years old, an over-the-hill ballplayer and former policeman who has become increasingly disconnected from the human mainstream. His obsessive search for the missing Dorothy Parrish becomes, in effect, a knightly quest, and provides Alex with a sense of purpose that has been missing from his life for too many years. At bottom, Winter of the Wolf Moon is a novel of redemption and spiritual rebirth masquerading as a novel of mystery and suspense. It is engaging, readable, and, in the end, surprisingly affecting, and it reinforces the notion that Steve Hamilton is -- or could become -- a significant new figure in American popular fiction.

--Bill Sheehan

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After subbing in an amateur ice hockey game for some Indian friends, sometime private investigator Alex McKnight antagonizes an in-your-face opponent known for racist remarks, drug dealing, and girlfriend abuse. Alex helps the girlfriend, who promptly disappears (along with an important parcel), then rescues good buddy Vinnie (an Ojibway Indian) from jail--where he landed after attacking the hockey player. Alex, Vinnie, and a would-be detective/partner search for the woman, sidestepping murder, vicious assault, and more. The isolated, wintry location jives well with Hamilton's pristine prose, independent protagonist, and ingenious plot. An inviting sequel to his Edgar Award-winning first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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“Already one of our best writers.”—Laura Lippman

“I'm often asked to recommend a detective series readers might have missed. This is it. Hamilton has been flying under the radar with his Alex McKnight series for too long.”—Harlan Coben

“A proven master of suspense.”—Lee Child

“I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I’m ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan.”—James Patterson

“Hamilton understands the border mentality, and his tensile prose—with its shifting images of heat and cold, light and dark—reflects the dramatic, often violent contradictions of people who live on the edge of the world.”—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312252953
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2000
  • Series: Alex McKnight Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.15 (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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Winter of the Wolf Moon

CHAPTER ONE

Two minutes. That's how long it took me to realize I had made a big mistake.

The blue team was good. They were big. They were fast. They knew how to play hockey. From the moment the puck was dropped to the ice, they controlled the game. They moved the puck back and forth between them like a pinball, across the blue line, into the corner, back to the point. Once they were in the zone they settled down, took their time with it, waited for the best opportunity. They were like five wolves circling their prey. When the shot came it was nothing more than a dark blur. The center slid across the front of the goal mouth, untouched, taking the puck and with one smooth motion turning it home with a sudden flick of the wrist. It hit the back of the net before the goalie even knew it was coming. Right between his legs. Or as they say on television, right through the five hole.

It was going to be a long night for the goalie on the red team. Which I wouldn't have minded so much if that goalie hadn't been a certain forty-eight-year-old idiot who let himself get talked into it.

"It's a thirty-and-over league," Vinnie had said. "Every Thursday night. No checking, no slapshots.They call it 'slow puck.' You know, like 'slow pitch' softball? 'Slow puck' hockey, you get it?"

"I get it," I said.

"It's a lot of fun, Alex. You'll love it." Vinnie was my Indian friend. Vinnie LeBlanc, an Ojibwa, a member of the Bay Mills tribe, with a little bit of French Canadian in him, a little bit of Italian, and a little bit of God knows what else, like most of the Indians around here. You couldn't see much Indian blood in him, just a hint of it in the face, around the eyes and cheekbones. He didn't have that Indian air about him, that slow and careful way of speaking. And unlike some of the Indians I've met, especially the tribes in Canada, he looked you right in the eye when he spoke to you.

Vinnie was an Ojibwa and proud of it. But he didn't live on the reservation anymore. He never drank. Not one drop, ever. He could put on a suit and pass for a downstate businessman. Or he could track a deer through the woods like he knew the inside of that animal's mind.

He had found me at the Glasgow Inn, sitting by the fireplace. I should have known something was up when he bought me a beer.

"I don't think so, Vinnie. I haven't been on skates in thirty years."

"How much you gotta skate?" he said. "You'll be in goal. C'mon, Alex, we really need ya."

"What happened to your regular goalie?"

"Ah, he has to give it a rest for a couple weeks," Vinnie said. "He sort of took one in the neck."

"I thought you said it was slow puck!"

"It was a fluke thing, Alex. It caught him right under the mask."

"Forget it, Vinnie. I'm not playing goalie."

"You were a catcher, right?" he said. "In double-A?"

"I played two years in triple-A," I said. "But so what?"

"It's the same thing. You wear pads. You wear a mask. You just catch a puck instead of a baseball."

"It's not the same thing."

"Alex, the Red Sky Raiders need you. You can't let us down."

I almost spit out my beer. "Red Sky Raiders? Are you kidding me?"

"It's a great name," he said.

- "Sounds like a kamikaze squadron."

Red Sky was Vinnie's Ojibwa name. During hunting season, he did a lot of guide work, taking downstaters into the woods. He liked to use his nickname then, playing up the Indian thing. After all, he once told me, who are you going to hire to be your guide, a guy named Red Sky or a guy named Vinnie?

"Alex, Alex." He shook his head and looked into the fire.

Here it comes, I thought.

"It's just a fun little hockey league. Something to look forward to on a Thursday night. You know, instead of sitting around looking at the snow and going fucking insane."

"I thought you Indians were at peace with the seasons."

He gave me a look. "I got eight guys on my team. They're going to be very disappointed. We'll have toforfeit the game. All because a former professional athlete is afraid to put on some pads and play goal for us. You gonna just sit here on your butt all winter? Don't you ever get the urge to do anything, Alex? To actually use your body again?"

"You're breaking my heart, Vinnie. You really are."

"You can use Bradley's stuff. It's all new. Mask, blocker, glove, skates. What size do you wear?"

"Eleven," I said.

"Perfect."

I didn't have much chance after that. Vinnie had been there when I needed him, taking care of the cabins while I was out making a fool of myself pretending to be a private investigator. So I certainly owed him one. And he was right, I was tired of sitting around all winter. How bad could it be, right? Put on the pads and the mask, play some goal. It might even be fun.

It was fun all right. I flicked the puck out of the goal to the referee and he skated it back to center ice for another face-off. I barely had time to take a drink of water from my bottle when they were back in my zone again, moving the puck back and forth, looking for another shot. The blue center was skating around in front of my goal like he owned it. I had to keep peeking around him to follow the puck.

"Get this guy out of here," I said to anyone who could hear me. "Don't let him just stand here."

A long shot came from the blue line. I knocked the puck down, but before I could dive on it, the blue center knocked it into the net. Three minutes into the game, and I had given up two goals. The center dida little dance, waved his stick in the air, his teammates jumping all over him like they just won the Stanley Cup.

Vinnie skated by. "Hang in there, Alex," he said. "We'll try to give you a little more help."

I grabbed the front of his red jersey. "Vinnie, for God's sake, will you hit that guy or something? He's camped out right in front of me."

"There's no checking, remember? Alex, we're just playing for fun here."

"I'm not having any fun," I said. "You don't have to take his head off, just ... give him a little bump."

The blue center was skating around in wide circles now, bobbing his head. He was chanting to himself, something like, "Oh yeah, baby, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh baby, oh yeah."

I knew the type. It doesn't matter what sport you play, you always run into guys like this. In baseball, it was usually a first baseman or an outfielder. They came up to the plate with that swagger in their step. I'd ask them how they're doing as they're digging in, just because that's what you do in baseball, but they'd ignore me. First pitch is a strike, they look back at the umpire with that look. How dare you call a strike on me? I'd throw the ball back to the pitcher and then give him the sign for a high hard one. Guys like that need the fear of God put in them every once in a while, something to remind them that they're human just like the rest of us. If not a bolt of lightning then at least a good ninety-mile-per-hour fastball under their chin.

It was reassuring to see that hockey players had to deal with these guys, too. Vinnie smiled at me, tookoff a glove and adjusted his helmet strap. "Maybe just one little bump," he said.

I knew they played three ten-minute periods in this league, a concession to age and to the fact that most teams only had nine or ten players. So I only had twenty-seven more minutes to go. I slapped my stick on the ice. Go Red Sky Raiders.

Vinnie's men finally woke up and started playing some hockey. While the puck was in the opposite zone, I stood all alone in front of my goal, looking around at the Big Bear Arena. It was brand-new, built by the Sault tribe with money from the casino. There was a second rink on the other side, locker rooms in the middle, and a restaurant on the upper deck. The stands were mostly empty, just some women watching us. None of them looked like they were on our side. I pulled the mask away from my face, wiped away the sweat. The catcher's gear I wore a million years ago—the chest protector and the shin pads—was nothing compared to these goalie pads. It felt like I had a mattress tied to each leg.

The game started to get a little "chippy," as the hockey announcers like to say. The elbows were coming up in the corners, the sticks were hitting other sticks, maybe even a leg or two. There was only one referee, a little old guy skating around with a whistle in his hand, never daring to blow it. He was probably retired from a civil service job, never got in anybody's way his whole life and wasn't going to start now.

I finally stopped a couple shots. It wasn't like catching a baseball at all, I realized. A pitch in the dirt, you become a human wall. The glove goes down between your legs. You don't even try to catch it. Youlet it bounce off you, you throw the mask off, and then you pick it up. A hockey goalie can be more aggressive, move out of the net, cut off the angle.

"Att'sa way, Alex," Vinnie said. He was breathing hard. He bounced his stick off my pads. "Now you're getting it."

Toward the end of the first period, there was a loose puck in front of the net. I dove on it. The blue. center came at me hard, stopping right in front of me. He cut his skates into the ice, sending a full spray right into my face. The old shower trick. I had seen it on television a thousand times, now I got to experience it in person.

As I got up I stuck my stick into the hollow behind his knee. He turned around and cross-checked me. Two hands on his stick and wham, right across my shoulders.

I looked into his eyes. A cold blue. Pupils dilated, as wide as pennies. My God, I thought, this guy is either stone crazy or high. Or both.

The referee skated between us. "Easy does it, boys," he said. "None of that."

"Hey, ref," I said. "That metal thing in your hand, when you blow in it, it makes the little pea vibrate and a loud sound comes out. You should try it. And then you can send this clown to the penalty box for two minutes."

"Let's just play some hockey, boys," he said, skating off with the puck.

The center kept looking at me. Those crazy eyes. I took my mask off. "You got a problem?"

He smiled when he saw my face. "Sorry, didn'trealize you were an old man. I'll try to take it easy on you."

When the first period was over, we all got to sit on the bench and wipe our faces off for a few minutes. Nobody said anything. We could hear the other team on their bench, laughing, yelling at each other. Just a little too loud, I thought. A little too happy. Then they started making these noises. It sounded like that stupid chant you hear them do down in Atlanta at the Braves games. The Indian war chant.

Vinnie stood up and looked at them over the partition. Then he looked at us. Eight faces, all Bay Mills Ojibwa. And one old white man. Nobody said a word. They didn't have to.

Here it comes, I thought. I've seen this look before. I've never met an Ojibwa who wasn't a gentle person at heart, who didn't have a fuse about three miles long. But when you finally gave that fuse enough time to burn, watch out. You see it in the casinos every couple months. Some drunken white man makes a scene, starts yelling at the pit boss about how the nogood Indian dealer is cheating him. Doesn't even realize that the pit boss himself is a member of the tribe. If he pushes it far enough he goes right through a window.

I felt a little looser in the second period, watching my Red Sky Raiders take it to the blue team. Vinnie was right about one thing—it felt good to use my body again. For something other than cutting wood or shoveling snow, anyway. If this was a mistake, it certainly wasn't a big one. It wouldn't rank up there with the other major mistakes of my life. Like getting married when I was twenty-three years old, just out ofbaseball, not sure what I was going to do with my life. Not a good reason to get married.

Or letting myself get talked into becoming a private eye. And everything that happened after that.

Or Sylvia. Letting myself fall in love with her. Yes, I'll say it. The puck is in the other end. I'm skating back and forth in front of my net, wondering why I'm thinking of these things. But yes, I'll say it. I loved her. "I've been hiding up here," she told me. "I've been hiding from the world. I think you are, too, whether you admit it or not." And then she left. Just like that. "I hope I've touched your life." The last thing she said to me. What a melodramatic collegegirl thing to say. I hope I've touched your life.

Yeah, Sylvia. You touched my life. You touched my life the same way a tornado touches a trailer park.

The puck coming this way. The blue center behind it. The sound of his skates in the empty arena. Snick snick snick snick.

Funny how things come into your mind at a time like this. It used to happen in baseball. I'd be settling under a pop fly and I'd think of something else in my life with a sudden clarity like it was the first time I'd ever thought of it.

Like my biggest mistake of all. A madman's apartment in Detroit. Aluminum foil on the walls. My partner and I frozen with fear, watching the gun in his hand.

Snick snick snick snick.

Sylvia. I am in her bed and she is looking down at me. We have just finished making love in the bed she shares every night with her husband. He is my friend, but I don't care. She owns me.

The skater is fast. He's the best player on the ice, probably the best player this little Thursday night hockey league will ever see. He looks up at me. A peek over his shoulder. The other players are far behind. Time slows down. It's something every athlete knows, an unspoken understanding between us. It's just him and me.

I didn't pull my gun in time. I waited too long. I am shot and my partner is shot and we are both on the ground. There is so much blood. It all comes back to me. Not as urgently as it once did. I don't dream about it much anymore. I don't need the pills to make it through the nights. But it still comes back. I am lying on the floor and my partner is next to me.

I come out of the net to cut off the angle. He shoots. No! It's a fake. He pulls the puck back. I can feel myself falling backward. He's going to skate right around me and slip the puck into the open net. Unless I can knock the puck away. My only chance. I jab at it with my stick as I fall.

I hit the puck and my stick goes between his legs. He trips and slides face first into the boards. Then he is up, his gloves thrown to the ice. I take off my gloves, my mask. He throws a punch at me and misses. I grab him by the jersey and we dance the hockey fight dance. You can't find any leverage to throw a good punch when you're on skates. You just hold on and try to pull the other guy's shirt over his head. It's a funny thing to watch when you're not one of the guys dancing.

The man's eyes were wide with bloodlust and whatever the hell chemicals he was flying on. "Take it easy," I said. "I'm sorry."

"The fuck you're sorry," he said. Spit and sweat hitting me in the face. All around us the other players in the same dance, every man picking his own partner according to how much they really felt like fighting. The old referee was skating around us, blowing his whistle. I guess he finally remembered how it works.

"I didn't mean to trip you," I said. "Just calm down."

"Fucking Indians," he said.

"I'm not an Indian," I said.

"Yeah, fuck that," he said. "I know, you're a Native fucking American."

I started laughing. I couldn't help it.

"What's so funny?" he said. "Did I say something funny?"

"You always get high when you play hockey?" I said.

"The fuck you talking about?"

"You're higher than the space shuttle," I said. "If I were still a cop I'd have to arrest you. Skating while impaired."

He gave me a good push and skated away. The dance was over. "Fucking Indians," he said.

We finished the game. Vinnie scored once in that period. Another of his teammates scored in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. I made a couple nice saves to keep us tied.

In the last minute of the game, my new friend the blue center had an open shot at me. He wound up and launched a rocket. No slapshots, my ass. I got a glove on it, knocked it just high enough to hit the crossbar with a loud ringing sound that reverberated through the entire arena.

The game ended. There would be no overtime. The next game was ready to start, as soon as they got us out of there and gave the Zamboni a chance to take a quick run over the ice.

He glared at me, breathing hard.

I look back on that moment now, the two of us facing each other on the ice. I wonder what I would have done if I had known what would happen in the next few days. I probably would have hit him in the face with my hockey stick. Or broken off the end and jabbed him in the neck. But of course, I had no way of knowing. At that moment, he was just another hotshot asshole hockey player, and I was the old man who just took away his third goal.

"No hat trick today," I said to him. "Looks like the Cowboys and Indians have to settle for a tie."

Copyright © 2000 by Steve Hamilton. Excerpt from The Hunting Wind copyright © 2001 by Steve Hamilton.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    Very Highly Recommended

    Another winner for Steve Hamilton. Totally UNPUTDOWNABLE! It's exciting and parts will make your heart pound really fast. It's gripping and pulls you right into the thick of things where you'll feel like you are walking right beside the main character and going thru everything that he's going thru. There are exciting, emotional roller coaster rides to go on with this book. It's beautifully written and the ending will make you want to go on to book #3.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Awesome.

    Great Winter read... esp for a man.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    What more can I say...one of the best, if not THE best, currently writing in the mystery genre

    I loved this book, as I loved all the Alex McKnight mysteries. Reading one of Steve Hamilton's books is like watching a great old suspense film...like one of the old Hitchcock classics. You are totally unaware that you are even reading at times, you get so absorbed in the movement of the storyline. His dialog and characterizations are so realistic that you feel like you are meeting real people. And the pacing is superb too...reading is effortless, just like watching a movie; whereas you have to make an effort to plod through the books of all too many other mystery writers. Anyway, 'nuff said...just go out and pick up one of Mr. Hamilton's books and read a couple of pages. You will see for yourself. Once you start one you won't be able to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    Alex McKight Is My Kind Of P.I.!

    Alex McKnight is the kind of guy that doesn't even know he has sex appeal. And doesn't want to be a P.I., either. Paradise, Michigan is a wonderfully wintery place to read about from your warm, easy chair. Therein lies the atmosphere in this fast paced read. Steve Hamilton has a way with his characters. They are so well-drawn you've begun to feel you know them, already looking foward to the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    THERE'S A NEW KID ON THE BLOCK!

    For the fans of James Lee Burke's 'Robicheaux' novels, the 'Elvis Cole/Joe Pike' series by Robert Crais, or the Kenzie/Gennaro' books by Dennis Lehane, be aware that there's a new kid on the block and his name is Steve Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton debut last year with his first novel, A COLD DAY IN PARADISE. In it, he introduced us to Alex McKnight, the most reluctant private investigator around, who happens to live in northern Michigan and spends as much time plowing snow as he does trying not to get killed on the cases he inadvertently gets involved in. Also, much like Spenser and Elvis Cole, he can at times be a real smartass, which makes him my kind of hero. WINTER OF THE WOLF MOON is Mr. Hamilton's second novel with Alex McKnight in it. This time around, McKnight, who is still suffering emotionally from his last case, is asked by a friend to fill in on his hockey team for just a night. It, however, turns out to be more than just a local hockey game to McKnight. He has a number of confrontations with Lonnie Bruckman, a member of the opposing team and begins to experience major changes in his life. Bruckman is a mean rascal, and he also happens to have stolen a rather big bag of drugs from the Russian mafia. Bruckman's girlfriend steals the bag from him, then goes to McKnight for help in escaping her boyfriend. McKnight, who's weakness is helping damsels in distress, quickly agrees, not knowing what he is getting himself involved in. The girl later disappears with the bag and everybody is suddenly after McKnight, thinking that he knows where the drugs are. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, leading to a surprising ending. There is also an excellent villan by the name of Molinov, who is head of the Russian mafia. Mr. Hamilton has set things up so that Molinov can reappear in a future novel, hopefully the next one. McKnight is no ordinary hero. He's tought, but he's also human and almost dies twice in this novel. He is certainly one of the most believable characters to come around in a good while. Like mysteries, then pick up this book, along with A COLD DAY IN PARADISE. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Outstanding Once Again!

    If you had the good fortune to read Steve Hamilton's Edgar Award Winning first book, 'A Cold Day In Paradise', then you will certainly want to get this one. The very likable character of Alex McKnight returns, and once again Steve Hamilton will hook you from the first few pages and keep you there until the final page. If you are looking for a new author with a fresh approach to the mystery genre, then Steve Hamilton will not disappoint you. The characters, story line, and description of the settings are outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Blacksnarl

    I need a mate go to wolf moon rs 1to reply

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Smoke

    Hi~$moke

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    glad I discovered this author

    Very good read and setting of life in the Upper Penisula is interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    KUTHBERT

    Y U NO EAT VEGGIES? *rolls a carrot the size of a tree into the camp*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Breeze

    6th grade! I love writing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Sapphire to Luna

    Moon is locked out. Go to result two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Rain

    A silver she wolf pads in. Her coat gleams in the moonlight. I wish to join she says softly but confidently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    The Cat's Meow

    You have earned a subscription to The Cat's Meow! Thanks so much! ~•*•~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Storm

    (( secret code is dancing bannana Leah&Kelly ))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Breeze

    Whoa. Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Stream and Stone

    Were we come from cold is common and if you let us we can teach everyone some good ways to fight it. ~Stream~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Spirit

    -white, gray and black spotts and black pawwed she pup with briht sky blue eyes trots in and he barks- hi im spirit. Can i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Aynetal

    "Yes I am new. "

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