A Cold Day In Paradise

A Cold Day In Paradise 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 be

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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 tradeOther 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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  • Monnie says:

    When it comes to credit, it must be given where it's due: this time, it goes to our multi-talented daughter-in-law, Lilla, for finding this series. Truth is, she didn't find it for me - but rather for my husband Jack. When it comes to books, he and I have similar tastes, but he's much harder to please. Turns out he loved this one (and as I write this, I believe he's in the middle of the eighth book in the series) - and he's been so enthusiastic about every single one that I simply had to see for [...]

  • Veronica says:

    Not a bad start to this series even if it did get a little improbable there at the end. The main character, Alex, makes for an okay guy.ough for a former police officer he sure does have little regard for or patience with standard police procedure. I'll give the second book a look but if the love interest sticks around I'm out. I did like the snarky,sarcastic humor though.

  • Richard says:

    7/10An interesting enough mystery that kept my attention and didn’t out stay its welcome but will be one I will no doubt forget before the turkey has even been carved. A private investigator in a remote location looking at his own inner demons whilst trying to hunt down a killer and possible crazy lunatic who seems to be hunting him down. The style of writing was a breeze to get through here and the book was relatively short considering there were a number of things going on so credit where cr [...]

  • Craig says:

    "The Year of Mystery Continues!" This book was a great surprise! I picked it up at Partners & Crime after discovering it on the "first in a series" display, after I noticed that a) it's set in Michigan (had just got back from a week's vacation there), b) it won the Edgar Award for best first novel, and c) it's relatively short and I was looking for a break from another book that I was having a hard time getting into. The overall premise seems formulaic at first - former cop now PI encounters [...]

  • Jim says:

    This was a pretty interesting mystery with a damaged main character who has to come to grips with his fear. His phobia or PTSD (He was a cop who got shot on the job.) is the main thread running through the story. Occasionally it was a bit much & it was a long, twisty road to a satisfying end. Very well read.The path was a bit too long & the characters weren't particularly well developed save for a couple of main ones. Several were just caricatures, but this was his first book. I came clo [...]

  • Stacy says:

    I enjoyed the first 15 chapters of the book. In fact, I mentioned it to a friend as a book to look for. And then we reached chapter 16 and the entire book went weird. As in, I wondered if I had accidentally plugged in the wrong book. A suspect suddenly appears, the former cop makes a series of stupid B-movie decisions and an implausible showdown occurs. At that point, the end seems clear but I listed to the next few chapters while I waited for him to figure it out. I finally reached chapter 22 a [...]

  • Scott Rhee says:

    Alex McKnight was a Detroit police officer who witnessed the brutal murder of his partner and was nearly killed himself (he still has a bullet lodged an inch from his heart) by a psychopath named Rose. For fourteen years, McKnight has lived with the knowledge that Rose is behind bars. It's been a long, cold fourteen years, and McKnight doesn't carry the badge or the gun anymore. He lives in a quiet, uneventful little town called Paradise in the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan, far from Detroit [...]

  • Hallie says:

    Not bad mystery, with an interesting small-town Michigan setting. I only picked this up because it got recommended in a vague "readers also liked" kind of way for Julia Spencer-Fleming's books. Small town setting it had, ex-cop now PI for ex-army now chief-of-police it had, but other than that - Alex is no Russ, though he's mostly a pretty decent guy. I don't even know what to say about the "love interest" (it wasn't love)/ex (of an affair, as she's married)/clichéd gorgeous but maybe heartless [...]

  • Roberta says:

    I agree that the overall premise seems formulaic at first - former cop now PI encounters a killer reminiscent of the case that ended his career. None the less I found that Alex McKnight is a detective that I can care about and I didn't guess the end too soon. It was also one of those books that makes me start casting the movie in my head which is a good sign. I agree that this series is a "You might also like" for the earlier Julia Spencer-Fleming books. I would also recommend it to someone who [...]

  • Tony says:

    A COLD DAY IN PARADISE. (1998). Steve Hamilton. ***1/2.This was Hamilton’s first novel in his P.I. series featuring Alex McKnight, an ex-Detroit cop now retired on disability and living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Paradise is a town in the U.P. where lots of the action takes place. Hamilton managed to convey the character of that part of the country and its inhabitants. You are kind of surrounded by Lakes Superior and Huron, and the population consists mostly of sportsmen and hunters. [...]

  • Gary says:

    I read this book after a Goodread friend suggested I try reading Steve Hamilton. Sorry for my ignorance but I had never heard of him but decided to read his first novel anyway.How glad I am, I got into the book instantly and finished it the same day. The style of the book reminds me of one of my favourite authors, Harlan Coban. The story is fast paced and full of action and more than a hint of humour.Thank you Jan I will be reading more of this author.

  • Harry says:

    Cautionary note: this review was written after reading the first novel in this series. Series reviews are fickled, unpredictable, and sometimes downright wrong if you base the entire series review on just the first puzzled bite. Maybe the cold weather outside's is making me grumpy, or I just don't wanna go all the way downtown to work, or maybe I just don't feel like pouring honey over my cereal. Whatever! Not that this isn't a good read. I finished it in record time. Frowning for an acceptable [...]

  • Paul Secor says:

    A generic private eye mystery, but done with emotional intensity, which takes it somewhat above the norm.I read this for a somewhat unusual reason - a friend of mine, who had some contact with Mr. Hamilton when they were both technical writers at IBM, sent me a link to a WSJ article about him and his books. Not a usual reason I'd read a book, but I'm glad I did.

  • Terence M says:

    Audio Book 2.0 Stars out of 5.0This novel is the first in a series by author Steve Hamilton. "Alex McKnight" is retired policeman who was shot while on duty and now lives deep in the woods, living in and maintaining a row of hunter's cabins left to him by his uncle, or grandfather, or whomever, while also working as a stop-start PI. The story meandered from the beginning becoming less credible and less readable and I listened to the last one and half discs only because I was intrigued as to how [...]

  • Leon Aldrich says:

    What is not to like: a fellow native Michigander, plays poker, drinks beer, casinos and a crime mystery.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes says:

    Alex McKnight still thinks like the Detroit police officer he was for 8 years; however, he is still suffering from PTSD and three healed bullet wounds. He retired 14 years ago on partial disability and now takes care of vacation property his deceased father had bought in Paradise, Michigan. Five cabins were built on the forest acreage, and McKnight keeps himself fit chopping wood and delivering it to the deer hunters who rent the cabins. Despite the stiffness of his shoulder and the bullet still [...]

  • Darrell Delamaide says:

    Steve Hamilton's debut novel won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for first novel, and it is indeed very good. The writing is crisp, the voice fresh, the first-person main character, Alex McKnight, is well-drawn, able but flawed and mostly sympathetic.And it is certainly a page-turner. After about the first third, you will want to finish the book at a single sitting because the author paces the suspense well.But it is a first novel and not perfect. There are some big holes in the plot. The most [...]

  • ElaineY says:

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, JUNE 18, 2015Narrator: Nick Sullivan I'm not a fan of ex-cop, now-PI stories and this first Alex McKnight book is a prime example why - Alex has no "teeth", (something Michael Connelly realized and so returned Harry Bosch to the force). Throughout the book, I found the protagonist a weak character, both professionally, and personally (as he puts it - fucking his friend's wife), and not having the balls to stand up to his friend's mother but constantly giving in to the overbe [...]

  • Keri says:

    What is an ex-cop on 3/4s disability pay with a bullet still lodged near his heart to do with his time? Become a PI of course and in UP Paradise Michigan, Alex feels he will probably have alot of time on his hands and get paid for it. Right??? Up until that first murder, then the second and oh those notes left for Alex, they let him know real quick, his past ain't staying buried for long. it intends to come up and slap him right in the face. SH is a brand new author for me and this will not be m [...]

  • Mike says:

    A Detroit policeman just shot in the line of duty and barely survives. The perp gets life in prison. The cop retires and moves back home to the Upper Peninsula where he takes on some P.I. work for a local lawyer. When a bookie gets shot and stabbed, it begins to look like the killer is is the same guy who shot the cop. But isn't he in prison?This book has a pretty good story with a couple of really tense moments in it. But the wrap up contained some details that were a little hard to believe. So [...]

  • Jeffrey says:

    I really liked this book. I liked the way you slowly got the backstory throughout the book, rather than spending the first two chapters explaining itThe ending was off for me, only because I didn't expect it, and it wasn't what I wanted to have happen, but that's OK. It was just unexpected, so that is probably why.It was a very well written mystery, and can't wait to read the next one with Alex McKnight!

  • L.A. Starks says:

    I am familiar with the Michigan setting and so especially liked the book for the places and climate I recognized.Hamilton keeps the action going and the tension high throughout. His ending twist is worthy of O. Henry.My only quibble is with the plot device of the cell phone left in the truck (so no means of communication when the landline is cut)--that's hard to believe.This is stellar writing; it is easy to understand why A Cold Day in Paradise got an Edgar.

  • Stefanie says:

    I read this for my Detective Fiction course and was quite pleased with the plot. It was definitely more of a fast paced novels but there were some parts that where completely pointless.McKnight was a nice protagonist and I enjoyed his back story as well. A nice quick read if you like mysteries and psychopaths.

  • Cheryl Cooper says:

    This is the kind of book I hate. It's 11:00 pm and you need to get to bed but you think "just one more chapter to get to a good stopping place". Before you know it it's 1:00 am, you never found that good stopping place but you give up so you can get some sleep. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about Alex McKnight.

  • Tom Swift says:

    I am late to this series and author. Retired from the Detroit PD, Alex McKnight owns some cabins for rent in the upper peninsula of Michigan. He is now a P.I and a murder spree unfolds.

  • Peggy says:

    I listened to this audiobook. Alex McKnight is a former Detroit cop who is retired on disability. He was shot and his partner killed. Alex carries the guilt and a bullet for his trouble. He lives in Paradise, a small town on Lake Superior. He also carries the guilt of having an affair with a friend's wife. When the friend calls Alex in the middle of night, Alex finds a murdered bookie in a motel room. His friend has gambling debts and panics when he finds the bookie dead. Thus Alex becomes invol [...]

  • Brian O'Leary says:

    A great first book with an awesome main character.

  • Megan Luff says:

    Great book, I really enjoyed reading it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  • Jonathan says:

    After I added The Lock Artist: A Novel to my To-Read queue, Steve asked if I had read any of author Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series. I had not, so I added it to my queue and found it at the library just a few days later. A Cold Day In Paradise opens the series and it is one excellent read!Alex McKnight is an ex-cop from Detroit who moved back to his old summering place, Paradise, Michigan, where his dad built a set of hunting and fishing camps. He left the police force after a particularly [...]

  • Gloria Feit says:

    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 Maximil [...]

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