The “Alex McKnight” Series
Author: Steve Hamilton
Rating: 4/5 Stars (Series Average)
Michigan may be the only state where a day’s car travel can take you from Hell (Livingston County) to Paradise (Chippewa County). Once in Paradise, past the town’s only crossroad, you’ll hit a crisscross of old lumber trails leading darkly into the Upper Peninsula’s deep woods. Had you kept going north, you’d soon get to Lake Superior, where the Edmund Fitzgerald foundered in 1975.
But don’t go to the lake. Take one of those rutted side roads. Take the one that leads you to Alex McKnight’s cabins. Rent one. Maybe he’ll tell you of his life, and how he’s fared since leaving the Detroit police force with a bullet near his heart. If you’re lucky, and it’s not winter there (September through June most years), you can walk with him to his friend Vinnie’s cabin, and hear how he and Vinnie have bonded, helping to save each other’s lives, and learn of his native Ojibwa family.
Maybe you can share a truck ride to the Glasgow Inn, have a cold Canadian by the fire. You may even ride all the way to Sault Ste. Marie; it’s a small big town, a border town, given to border smuggling and nasty cops. It’s a cold town. So is Paradise. But it often heats up when Alex’s police instincts kick in, and he comes across evil men as cold as the town.
Can’t make the trip today? Maybe you can. Steve Hamilton has penned a set of award winning books about Alex. I’d suggest you read ‘em in order. Get to know Alex, and get to know his friends and their histories, much as Alex does. I wouldn’t be surprised if you bonded with them.
And besides, who doesn’t want to go to Paradise?
1. A Cold Day in Paradise (1998)
2. Winter of the Wolf Moon (2000)
3. The Hunting Wind (2001)
4. North of Nowhere (2002)
5. Blood Is The Sky (2003)
6. Ice Run (2004)
7. A Stolen Season (2006)
8. Misery Bay (2011)
9. Die a Stranger (2012)
(Coming in July) 10. Let It Burn (2013)