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Steve Hamilton , Dan John Miller
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15 July 2010 Alex McKnight Mysteries (Book 4)
'That summer, it was all about secrets... I already had one bullet inside me. I knew I didn't have room for another.' Alex McKnight rarely ventures out from his home these days, even to spend time at his friend Jackie's Glasgow Inn - he's had enough of getting his ass kicked. Even as he lets Jackie force him out one night for a poker game at a stranger's house, Alex is certain it's a bad idea. When the genial atmosphere rapidly deteriorates, he starts to think maybe he was right. And then three masked, armed robbers burst through the door, and things get a whole lot worse. Soon Alex's three closest friends are implicated in the robbery, and Alex finds himself the object of hostile attention from the victim, not to mention a maniacal chihuahua. As events spin out of control, it becomes clear that somebody is not telling the truth, and has put them all in terrible danger...
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441834508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441834508
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 18 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The new Alex McKnight novel from Edgar Award winning Steve Hamilton, set on frozen borders of Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Born and raised in the Detroit area, Steve Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and two children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday reading 6 Jun 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the kind of book you pick up on a weekend away at a friend's holiday house when you realise that you've left the new Lee Child that you were planning to read behind at home. You haven't read any of the others in the series but it looks reasonably intriguing and it's fewer than 200 pages, so you figure there'll be time to knock it off before you have to head home on Sunday. The engaging writing style quickly pulls you in and you find yourself enjoying the narrator's witticisms. It's a story about a former cop, living in remote northern Michigan, who is present when an armed robbery takes place at a poker game that he's attending. He is drawn into investigating it when his friends are implicated. The stakes go up when one of the robbers is found dead. The story unfolds at a satisfying pace and you annoy your spouse by refusing to go for a walk, preferring to stay in and keep reading. There's an icy silence all the way home in the car but at least the book was good, similar in feel to Simon Kernick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mean McNight 28 May 2003
Set around the Great Lakes this features the ever reluctant Alex McNight. He gets drawn into things when a card game is raided by armed burglars. The plot twists and turns as the insular hero learns more and more about his closest friends, and himself. The author comes up with pretty memorable characters as it speeds along leading to a nice twist at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars South of Somewhere Great! 23 Jun 2006

Fast paced action.

Probably the best way to describe this short but interesting novel by Steve Hamilton. 'North of Nowhere' is the fourth book in the Alex McKnight series and Hamilton is certainly in his stride by now. We join McKnight soon after the events of the past novels. He has become a recluse after being beaten up one too many times as a PI. Only is best friend can get him out and that is for a poker game at a stranger's house. Everything is going well until three armed men decide to join the party and McKnight once more becomes involved in events he can do little about.

McKnight is a great character and it's the force of his will that is the strength of this book. By being aggressive and having a no nonsense attitude McKnight pushes the narrative ever onwards. Without him the story itself is weak and the novel short but because of him it becomes an excellent, if simple, tale.

'North of Nowhere' is not the best McKnight story and should act as a warning to Hamilton that churning out fun but essentially empty stories will leave you unpopular in the end. However, for now the series is still strong and I for one look forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! 27 Jun 2002
By Charlotte Vale-Allen - Published on
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Steve Hamilton writes with great assurance--lean prose with exceptional characterizations and superior plotting. He has yet to disappoint. This time out, the temperamental McKnight winds up in a world of trouble simply by acting as the last-minute sixth player in a poker game at the home of the feisty (think bantam rooster) and eccentric Win Vargas. When a holdup occurs mid-game and Vargas's safe is burgled and some of his treasured artifacts lifted, Vargas comes to the bizarre conclusion that McKnight is the mastermind behind the plot.
With the help of his former partner, Leon Prudell (the lovably nerdy straight arrow who has to be one of the most unlikely private investigators ever created) McKnight ultimately unravels the the how of the scheme--but not before his friend/mentor Jackie winds up in the hands of a pair of lethal Canadian brothers. With a climax that is literally cold and wet and stomach-churningly tense, this is a can't-put-down mystery.
Then, with what used to be called "a sting in the tail" Hamilton adds a painful little twist at the end that is completely unexpected.
Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton's great, but this one misses the mark.... 12 May 2002
By Mr. R. H. Thompson - Published on
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Having read all 3 of Hamilton's previous novels, I was anxious to see what he had in store for us this time around. I have to say that I was disappointed. The story starts out with us learning that Alex McKnight was having a mid-life crisis. By the time I was halfway through it, I was wondering if Steve Hamilton might not be having one too.
The story just didn't draw me in the way the others did. It seemed rushed, and the characters were not nearly as well developed as in his previous works. While the ending was a kind of a surprise, I was still glad this story was over.
If you're looking for a good read, check out Hamilton's first 3 novels...all are fantastic. If you've already read them, and enjoyed them as much as I did, then I'd suggest you save yourself [the money] on this one and wait for the paperback.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars robust McKnight mystery 12 May 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Turning forty-nine this summer in Paradise, Michigan, Alex McKnight spends a lot time reflecting on his life so far but finds it wanting. He turns reclusive until his pal, Glasgow Inn owner Jackie Connery, bullies Alex to join a poker game hosted by wealthy developer Win Vargas. During the game, Win claims that one of the regulars, not playing that night, is having an affair with his wife.

Not long afterward, three hoods break and enter the Vargas home. They make Win go upstairs with one of them while the other two point guns at the heads of the remaining five card players. Instead of robbing Win of his wife's jewels and the men of their wallets, they destroy his marine and Indian artifact collection before leaving. A stunned Win ponders how they knew the location of his secret safe. Unable to say no, Alex heeds the call of the wife of his former private investigative partner Leon Prudell to keep her husband safe while he investigates the robbery for Win.

The latest McKnight mystery is a robust entry because the audience sees another side of the hero, struggling with his age and his lack of success in life. The story line starts off focusing on Alex' internal skirmish, but quickly picks up speed when he gets involved with Win via the card game and through Leon. Alex is at his best and the support cast augments the isolated feeling of going NORTH OF NOWHERE that shows why Steve Hamilton is an award-winning author.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back to Paradise! 25 April 2002
By Robert Connolly - Published on
Alex McKnight returns in his fourth mystery set in the northern Michigan town of Paradise. Facing his 49th birthday, Alex is going through somewhat of a midlife crisis. It takes being held up at gunpoint to spur this reluctant private detective back into the private detecting business. Along the way Alex learns a thing or two about friendship and loyalty.
As always, Steve Hamilton has an ear for dialogue. Although the fourth book in the series, his characters are still as fresh and exciting as ever. Alternating scenes of humor and suspense, Hamilton never slows down, even managing to throw in a surprise or two.
If you haven't read Hamilton, what are you waiting for? Move over Robert B. Parker, you've got a fresh voice taking your place.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton Gives Us Another One. 6 Jan 2003
By Janet Bonarski - Published on
Steve Hamilton has written another great mystery book. One of the reasons I like his books is their setting in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, close to home. The next reason is they are good! He always has a surprise. I like his characters, I like his style.
With his motive for mischief in this book, Hamilton brings in a subject dear to the hearts of many Northern Michigan residents...keep the developers OUT. There are someplaces that should always remain "North of Nowhere." It's a fast and entertaining way to spend some time with the fireplace.
I highly recommend the entire Alex McKnight series.
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