A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight Series #1)

A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight Series #1)

by Steve Hamilton
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A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight Series #1) by Steve Hamilton

When first published, A Cold Day in Paradise won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other book before it....

Other than the bullet lodged near his heart, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, the man convicted of the crimes has been locked away for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cabin in the woods, a murderer with the same unmistakable trademarks appears to be back. McKnight can't understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders. And it seems like it'll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel truth from deception in a town that's anything but Paradise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429905077
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/15/2000
Series: Alex McKnight Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 27,225
File size: 351 KB

About the Author

Steve Hamilton is the author of the Alex McKnight series as well as Night Work and The Lock Artist, which was named a New York Times Notable 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 he lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.
Steve Hamilton was born and raised in Detroit, and graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. In 2006, he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. His novels have won numerous awards and media acclaim beginning with the very first in the Alex McKnight series, A Cold Day in Paradise, which won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. Once published, it went on to win the MWA Edgar and the PWA Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the Anthony and Barry Awards. His book The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York where he lives with his wife Julia and their two children.

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A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
PJJ More than 1 year ago
It is an interesting enough story if you are willing to completely set aside common sense and logic. Everything about this story seemed forced - the ridiculously Rube Goldbergian plot that depended on an enormous number of variables, the nonsensical reasoning of the main character, the baseless conflict between the main character and the local chief of police, and especially the strange relationship between McKnight and the married Sylvia. The dialog was especially stale. As I read each exchange of words between the various characters, I couldn't help but think the region is inhabited by particularly stupid people. If a group of friends discovers that one their own has recently experienced a traumatic event, is it realistic to expect them to simply ignore that person out of charity? Not even a "Hey buddy, you okay?" Even as I was shaking my head in exasperation, waiting for some character to do or say something that made sense, I still felt there was the promise of a good story. Even as the ending approached, I hoped that the author would salvage the novel by coming up with a some coherent way of tying all the disconnected nonsense up in the end, but I was disappointed. The absurd plot against McKnight was revealed, and the novel ended with the promise of more absurdety to come in future stories.
Sally Hines More than 1 year ago
The story would have been better with either a narrative delivery or a clearer character developmemt on all characters, particularly the hero. The teaser included of the following book seems more clearly developed. Or maybe it benefitted from the just read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Detective/Murder Mystery novel and I enjoyed the story, the humor & the serious stuff alike. Not too graphic... I could 'feel' (that is relate to) the main character throughout the entire book. Although, the better you know Paradise & Sault Sainte Marie Michigan, the more likely you are to be disturbed by some location details and descriptions, I recommend ingnoring such elements in favor of enjoying the book. I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful without being gory
Samijoe More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Will read more by Steve Hamilton
corvettemary More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Lived in Michigan all my life and can really relate to the cities, highways, etc. All accurate. Great author.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
What a great, exciting, fast-paced story! Steve Hamilton captures you at page one, ties you up and keeps you hostage with this exciting, hysterically funny at times, heart-pounding cliff hanger of a story. McKnight is wonderful - makes me think of Tom Selleck. I'm ready for #2 now.
Chuckster614 More than 1 year ago
For someone who likes a fast pace and easy read this is a great book. Interesting twist in last chapter.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This novel was the debut, in 1998, of the long-standing popular Alex McKnight series, introducing him as a Detroit cop, shot three times by a lunatic, forced to take a disability retirement three-quarters pension because one bullet remained near his heart and too dangerous to remove. So he left the Motor City and moved to the town of Paradise in the Upper Michigan Peninsula where his father had built several cabins for rental to hunters and winter recreationers. The man who shot him, one Maximillian Rose, also killed his partner and was sent away to a maximum prison for life plus 12 years, with no parole. Fourteen years later, Alex becomes involved in a bizarre situation in which it appears that Rose is in Paradise. It all begins when his good friend, Edwin Fulton, a compulsive gambler, calls Alex for help in the middle of the night from a motel, where Alex discovers the bloody body of a bookmaker to whom Edwin was delivering $5,000. A couple of days later, another bookmaker is killed. Telephone calls and letters lead Alex to believe Rose is responsible. But how, if he is in prison? As an initial effort, the book is somewhat uneven, but still supplies enough suspense and intrigue to keep the reader guessing right up to the unanticipated denouement. Some of the characters are wooden, especially the Soo, MI, police chief, but Alex shows the talent for becoming a first-class PI. And the subsequent installments certainly prove that. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book that was hard to put down.
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I like this writer, I like the main character, his friends and the location so after reading #1 in the series I bought the others and have not been disappointed in any of them. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys mysteries.