Blood Is the Sky (Alex McKnight Series #5)

Blood Is the Sky (Alex McKnight Series #5)

by Steve Hamilton
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Blood Is the Sky (Alex McKnight Series #5) by Steve Hamilton

Before Blood is the Sky, the Alex McKnight series had already hit bestseller lists and won awards, but this novel took it to a whole new level. Set in the forests of northern Ontario, a land of savage beauty and sudden danger, Blood is the Sky shows why Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed crime novelists writing today.

Alex McKnight isn't a man with many friends, but the few he has know they're never alone in a fix. So when Vinnie LeBlanc asks for his help in taking a trip deep into Canada in search of his missing brother, he knows he can count on Alex. His brother had taken a job as a hunting guide for a rough crew of Detroit "businessmen." The group was due back days ago, yet there's been no sign of them, and there's mounting evidence of something odd about their disappearing act. The trackless forests of northern Ontario keep many secrets, but none more shocking than the one that Alex is about to uncover. And the more closely Alex looks for answers, the more questions there become.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250029256
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Series: Alex McKnight Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 509,231
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steve Hamilton's debut, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before winning both an Edgar and 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, and went on to win the Edgar Award for 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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Blood Is the Sky (Alex McKnight Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for the next John Sandford novel, picked up some novels at the library and found this one which was a pleasant surprise - a good read and well written!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blood Is The Sky - Steve Hamilton This was my first Alex McKnight novel and it blew me away. Alex McKnight, former Detroit police detective, beings to rebuild his previously destroyed (the last book maybe) log cabin in Paradise, Michigan, when a friend appears with bad news. Vinnie has lost his brother and needs Alex's help to find him. The two set off on a trail which takes them into the mountains and lakes of deepest Canada. Switched identities, fearsome bears, moose with bad road sense and a deep, dark conspiracy test Alex and Vinnie's resilience and relationship to the limit. At once sad and funny, Hamilton has a great way of describing his surroundings, in what is obviously a well researched or well loved locality. You can feel the cold clammy weather under your shirt and you can imagine the miles and miles of unbroken forestland ahead of you. The camaraderie between Alex and Vinnie is excellent and all the other characters are carefully drawn. In summary; great characters and an excellent plot, with a few twists to keep you on your feet, make this a sure fire award winner in the thriller genre. Highly recommended. Andrew Poole
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though it is October and winter is establishing its frozen grip on Michigan¿s Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight begins rebuilding his devastated cabin. The ex everything (minor-league catcher, cop, and private investigator, et al) feels he must complete this job now as his humble abode, wrecked by a nut case, once belonged to his dad. His stoic best friend Vinnie ¿Red Sky¿ LeBlanc reluctantly helps though he thinks Alex should add asylum time to his resume.

Works stops when Vinnie learns that his brother Tom, a professional guide currently escorting a group in the Canadian woods, is lost. This seems out of character for a skilled expert like Tom, which worries Vinnie as much as his concern that his sibling¿s parole officer might learn about the parole violation of crossing the border. Vinnie heads north while Alex follows his friend. Neither realizes that the biting cold is not the nightmare on this journey.

Edgar and Shamus Award winner, Steve Hamilton has written his best mystery to date, which seems impossible, as the McKnight series is one of the best of the last few years. The story line twists and turns keeping the reader guessing as to what the heroes will find behind the next corner yet keeps a fast albeit cold pace without losing the prime plot. In spite of the frozen tundra, Alex seems warmer yet not mellower than he has previously appeared and the support cast provides the depth to a grand slam tale.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this series. Hamilton is a good story teller. His descriptions of the UP are accurate and his chatacters are interesting and believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read highly recommended the cream of the top
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
What are friends for? Well, Alex McKnight demonstrates just that in this novel which takes him and his erstwhile friend, Vinnie Le Blanc, on a stormy adventure way up in the wilds of northern Canada. It starts when Vinnie, with whom Alex has been at odds since an event in the previous novel in the series, asks Alex to help him find his brother, who is days overdue returning home after accompanying a hunting party as their scout at a Canadian lodge. To complicate matters, Vinnie’s brother Tom is on parole and is forbidden to leave the country. So he and Vinnie trade identities. Alex and his friend drive for hours until they reach the lodge, and there is no sign of Tom or the hunting party. But something seems “off,” and they begin to scout the area where the group was housed at a lake further north. And thereby hangs a gruesome tale. The author, known for his vivid descriptions of the Upper Michigan peninsula, shows an equal facility for the vast untamed wilderness of northern Canada. He has written a taut tale filled with danger and violence. And at the end, lays the seeds of Alex’s further adventures yet to come. Recommended.
LynnS More than 1 year ago
Great Book. I began the series at the beginning and each book gets better and better.
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This has been the best in the series so far. Great read!
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ChuckMi More than 1 year ago
I love this McKnight series. Lots of fast-paced action and great locales. I can't read them fast enough. I am waiting for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. If you follow Alex you know he will do anything for his friend Vinnie. The story captures your interest from the first nail hammered in rebuilding the burned cabin.