“I'm often asked to recommend a detective series readers might have missed. This is it.” Harlan Coben
“Misery Bay showcases Hamilton's dark vision and his talents as a sturdy plotter. ... Hamilton's view of the harsh, bleak landscape of winter in Michigan's Upper Peninsula will have readers grabbing their coats and gloves as the frigid air seems to seep through the pages. Misery Bay is like a visit with an old friend with whom you can't wait to catch up.” Sun-Sentinal
“A triumphant return for McKnight. Misery Bay is as good as the previous ones in this critically acclaimed series. The plot is as suspenseful as they come, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns.” The Associated Press
“Superb.... Assured prose, a thrilling plot, and a surprising, satisfying conclusion make this a winner.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hamilton's prose is straight and clean, as devoid of pretense as the author's name -- Steve, just Steve, with no accompanying initials. The book's complexity comes in Hamilton's gift for layers and the slow reveal.” Seattle Times
“The best mystery novel I've read in a while.” John J. Miller, The National Review
“This new entry in Hamilton's Alex McKnight series is one of his best. ... You'll not put this down willingly, and when you do, you'll still be thinking about it.” Romantic Times
“Outstanding.” Yahoo! Shine
“A solid, character- and conflict-driven procedural with one of his twistier plots.” The Boston Globe
“Hamilton is as good as anyone out there when it comes to fast-paced dark mysteries.” City Pulse
“Hamilton's compelling, vigorous prose doesn't allow the option of taking a break.” Los Angeles Times
“Steve Hamilton writes the kind of stories that manly men and tough-minded women can't resist.” The New York Times
“Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels.... This is crime writing at its very best.” George Pelecanos
“Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won't be beaten down.” The Miami Herald
“Already one of our best writers.” Laura Lippman
“Hamilton's prose moves us smoothly along and his characters are marvelously real.” Publishers Weekly
“Hamilton's prose...remains an unself-consciously terse pleasure.” Entertainment Weekly
“Hamilton... paints a rich and vivid portrait of a world where the chill in the air is often matched by that of the soul.” The Providence Journal
“Hamilton never misses a beat.” Rocky Mountain News
“I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I'm ready to re-visit Paradise, Michigan.” James Patterson on North of Nowhere
After six years of hiatus, Hamilton returns ex-cop Alex McKnight to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, land that he loves, and sets him against a psychopathic killer who thinks he's Alfred Hitchcock.
With the freezing wind blowing off Lake Superior—never mind that it's officially spring—Michigan's UP might not be the first place most would think of as paradise. Unless, like Alex McKnight, you actually live in Paradise, a small, frost-bitten town abutting the Canadian border, and would never willingly live anywhere else.So there's Alex, unfazed by a typically bitter UP night, enjoying a functioning fireplace, his signature Molson ale and similar life-affirming comforts when the door to the Glasgow Inn opens to a man with whom he shares a mutual hatred. Well, perhaps a shade less than that. "Just call it a persistent lack of liking each other," explains Roy Maven to Jackie Connery, owner of the Glasgow. All Alex's previous encounters with hard-eyed, congenitally irascible Maven, chief of police in nearby Sault Ste. Marie, have been unpleasant to say the least, yet here he is asking for a favor, and a strange one at that.A friend has suffered a terrible loss. His college student son has inexplicably taken his own life, and the grieving father is desperate for answers. Will Alex forget past grudges, dust off his infrequently used but still valid P.I. license, visit Michigan Tech and ask the kids some pertinent questions? Of course he will—Alex McKnight–errant is programmed for that sort of thing. Predictably, the suicide turns out to be a murder, while the killer involved turns out to be a bizarre kind of filmmaker in whose eerie epic Alex comes within an eyelash of playing a death scene.
Too soft in the middle to be among the best in this estimable series; still, Hamilton (The Lock Artist, 2010, etc.) has a great time with the love-hate relationship between two alpha males.