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Blood is the Sky (Alex McKnight Book 5) Kindle Edition

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One of the most promising secondary figures in Steve Hamilton's series about reluctant northern Michigan private investigator Alex McKnight has been his teetotal Ojibwa Indian pal, Vinnie LeBlanc. Vinnie mostly kept himself to himself in the first four McKnight adventures but Blood Is the Sky finally lets him loose, and it's both pleasurable and painful to see what results.

Vinnie's younger ex-con brother Tom has disappeared. In violation of his parole, Tom had guided a small contingent of moose hunters into the pacific forests of Ontario, but none of them had returned home on schedule. To assuage Vinnie's worries, McKnight agrees to drive with him into Canada and look for the men. No luck: the owners of a money-losing lakeside lodge where those sportsmen had stayed say they departed days ago. So where did they go? Who were the two other, unidentified guys who came looking for them in advance of McKnight and his friend? And why was the hunters' vehicle abandoned, with their wallets inside, near an Indian reservation? Looking for answers, the detective and Vinnie set off into the woods, where hungry bears are by no means the most dangerous creatures they'll have to face.

Despite its Deliverance-like moments, and an explosively violent conclusion that's not sufficiently foreshadowed, Blood Is the Sky is really a gracefully composed study of character, as focused on Vinnie's strengths and failings as Hamilton's previous novel, North of Nowhere, was on the story of another series regular, bar owner Jackie Connery. Yet McKnight shines here, too, his self-effacing humour keeping readers amused, when they aren't amazed--again--by the lengths to which this supposedly lonerish sleuth will go to help a friend in trouble. --J. Kingston Pierce, Amazon.com

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Steve Hamilton takes us on another Alex McKnight adventure in Blood is the Sky and hopefully this will be the book to break the former cop turned part-time PI into a major-league crime name on this side of the Atlantic. Alex finds himself aiding his friend Vinnie, whose brother has disappeared during a hunting trip in a remote part of the Canadian wilderness. Upon arriving at their last known location they are told that the party had been flown to a remote outpost and Alex, Vinnie and a young Cree Indian and his grandfather, fly to the outpost to find the missing party. Only now Alex and his friends become the hunted as it becomes clear that something more sinister is going on. Stranded alone at the outpost with no way of escape and no weapons, the group find themselves at the mercy of an unknown assailant who doesn't want them to make it back to civilisation alive.

Hamilton's McKnight mysteries are always worthy of a read as he has, over the course of several previous award-winning novels, created an impressive central character in McKnight, a character with real flaws who doesn't want to be dragged into trouble but keeps finding it knocking on his door. These are real boys'-own adventures, but also Hamilton has something truly worthwhile to say about the nature of both friends and family, and his sense of the cold, desolate wilderness, where nothing but your wits will save you, is chilling and evocative. --Jon Snow

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPKFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex McKnight agrees to help out his friend, Vinnie in trying to establish what has happened to Vinnie's brother Tom. Their subsequent investigations, in which the plot gradually takes shape, lead both Vinnie and Alex into the Canadian backwoods. It is here, in this remote region, they find themselves abandoned. They have no way of escape, are without adequate food and clothing and have become the prey of ruthless hunters, determined that they do not reveal the secret of what they have discovered.
This is a very different PI book. Certainly, a very different Alex McKnight novel. Although the whole book is still carefully plotted with the story lines as concise as ever.
But what gives the book it's real definition is the bond of friendship that grows between Vinnie and Alex. The short one liners's of dialogue create the sense of vulnerability that both are facing in this remote place. The dangers they are being forced to encounter add to their individual strengths, and these they combine to devastating effect.
As this isn't enough, Steve Hamilton even manages to create a romantic link between Alex, and the attractive Natalie Reynaud of the Ontario Police.
Blood is the Sky, is such a compelling read, it is hard to put the book down. Yet, at the same time, I did not want to reach the end. More like this, please, Mr Hamilton!!
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Format: Hardcover
After his recent adventures, chronicled in the previous book North Of Nowhere, Alex McKnight is attempting to pick up the pieces of his life by rebuilding his cabin with the help of Vinnie Le Blanc, an Ojibwa indian who is his friend and neighbour. Breaking the reverie that comes with the rebuilding process is news that Vinnie's brother Tom is way overdue from a hunting expedition in Canada where he was to act as a guide. The two men decide to head north in a bid to track Tom's movements and try to find him. From here the story turns into a fight for survival in the wilds of North Canada.
As Alex and Vinnie uncover the story of what happened up at the hunting lodge, more questions come up than are answered. They realise too late that their lives have become endangered but can't work out why. Of course, they aren't given terribly long to work on the why part of the question because they are kept busy working overtime trying to save their own skins.
It's a tantalising thriller that had me guessing right up towards the very end. Thrown in with this are the wonderful descriptions of the untamed wilderness of Ontario that was brilliantly captured by Hamilton. I found the story compelling reading on more than just one level making it doubly enjoyable.
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McKnight is a haunted man. He was once a Detroit cop, but he and his partner were shot, he survived and his partner did not. Unable to continue working as an officer he retreated to a collection of cabins that is father had built before he died. Now McKnight lives his life out in peace - that is until he is reluctantly drawn into another adventure.

By 'Blood is the Sky' Hamilton has firmly established the McKnight series of novels and its characters. Rather than let the series slip into mediocrity we are instead treated to the best so far. McKnight is angry as he is forced to rebuild one of his cabins that was burned down. However, this job helps him to repair the friendship with his neighbour Vinnie. With their strong relationship healed McKnight soon finds himself crossing the Canadian border with Vinnie to hunt for his lost brother tackling murder and the elements as one.

This book is a real thriller. Hamilton introduces us to the story and sets off, not stopping its break neck speed to the very end. The characters are truly excellent with the relationship between McKnight and Vinnie really holding the story together. Because you care so much about them, the dangers they face are far more thrilling.

The book itself is relatively short and can be read easily but when it is as good as this you can't wait for the next instalment. For fans of gritty PI crime novels this is a must. For the top of the genre read Connelly, Crais, Coben and now Hamilton.

Sammy recommendation.
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