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.
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.
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.
"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