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A Cold Day in Paradise (1998)

de Steve Hamilton

Sèrie: Alex McKnight (1)

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Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose's unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight can't understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders--not to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. And it seems like it'll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel the cold truth from a deadly deception in a town that's anything but paradise. "Chilling as the November wind. A must for PI and suspense fans." --Charles Todd, author of Wings of Fire "Hamilton combines clear, crisp writing, wily, colorful characters and an offbeat locale (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) in an impressive debut. ...This book won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Private Eye Novel of 1997." --Publishers Weekly… (més)
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Not bad, just not great. Mediocre genre novel you can take to the beach and occupy your brain for awhile. I can't imagine why it is so hyped and popular- really mediocre by my estimate. ( )
  keithostertag | Dec 5, 2020 |
New series. New-found author. I enjoyed this first book, and looking forward to the other. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jul 17, 2020 |
Alex McKnight retired from the Detroit police department after he and his partner were shot. His partner died and Alex still has a bullet near his heart. Now living in the small Michigan burg of Paradise, the mad man who shot his is after him again. But, how is that possible since the mad man is in prison serving life with no chance of parole? ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
This book has been on my ereader for years. I think I bought it based on a friend's recommendation but I can't remember. I know I've almost started it several times but never actually got around to starting it. I decided to finally read it when I needed a title with a temperature in it for the What's in a Name Challenge.

Now that I have read it, I plan to continue with the series. Alex McKnight used to be a Detroit cop until he and his partner got shot. His partner died and Alex still carries around a bullet lodged in his body. He's now living in a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is working as a private detective.

I liked the main character and I liked the setting. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing. I'm curious to find out where the author will go with this series. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Apr 24, 2019 |
Having met Steve Hamilton at an author event at my local independent bookstore, I knew I would have to read one of his books. There's a lot to like about A Cold Day in Paradise, and I can see why it won the awards it did. The setting is excellent and really gives readers a feel for life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The writing is marvelous, too, and really pulled me into the story as well as leaving me with several quotes that are stuck in my mind. (How about the one describing the man who left a bullet next to McKnight's heart? "I looked into his eyes. It was like looking down a mine shaft and seeing all the way down to hell.") The scene describing McKnight and his partner getting shot is particularly gripping.

I also liked the mystery. It's complex and certainly not easy to solve, although if you tend to be a reader who insists that all loose ends are tied up, the resolution may not be quite your cup of tea.

As I said, there's a lot to like about A Cold Day in Paradise. My problem is... I never really warmed up to Alex McKnight. To me, he's a bit of a wuss, and my opinion began to be formed when he and his partner were still alive. Of course, I have to be honest and admit that I have no earthly clue how I would react under the exact same trauma, but in all fairness, my feelings do not center completely on McKnight and his bullet. I won't go into detail because I want to avoid spoilers.

Since I'm not entirely sure that I want to read another McKnight mystery, I think the next Steve Hamilton novel I will read will be The Lock Artist. I look forward to it. The man knows how to write. ( )
  cathyskye | Dec 23, 2018 |
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Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose's unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight can't understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders--not to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. And it seems like it'll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel the cold truth from a deadly deception in a town that's anything but paradise. "Chilling as the November wind. A must for PI and suspense fans." --Charles Todd, author of Wings of Fire "Hamilton combines clear, crisp writing, wily, colorful characters and an offbeat locale (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) in an impressive debut. ...This book won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Private Eye Novel of 1997." --Publishers Weekly

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