A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels)


by: Hamilton, Steve
Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Product Description In an unprecedented literary event, Steve Hamilton's A Cold Day In Paradise has hit mystery's Double Play, winning the two most prestigious honors in the business-- the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. Now, open its covers and see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other book before it... 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.   A Cold Day in Paradise is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Review "[A] well-plotted and tightly written thriller."-- Detroit Free Press "Chilling as the November wind. A must for PI and suspense fans."--Charles Todd, author of Wings of Fire "His story is so fundamentally sound and stylistically rounded that Hamilton ought to be teaching whatever writing course he may have taken toward producing this novel."--Jeremiah Healy, author of The Stalking of Sheilah Quinn and The Only Good Lawyer From the Publisher "Ingenious...Hamilton unreels the mystery with a mounting tension many an old pro might envy." -- Kirkus Reviews "Hamilton combines crisp, clear writing, wily colorful characters and an offbeat locale in an impressive debut." --Publishers Weekly "Chilling as the November wind. A must for PI and suspense fans." --Charles Todd, author of Wings of Fire About the Author Steve Hamilton Born and raised in Michigan, he now works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and a son. A Cold Day In Paradise, in addition to winning an Edgar and a Shamus, was the winner of the 1997 St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First P.I. Novel contest. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Cold Day In Paradise, A CHAPTER ONE THERE IS A bullet in my chest, less than a centimeter from my heart. I don't think about it much anymore. It's just a part of me now. But every once in a while, on a certain kind of night, I remember that bullet. I can feel the weight of it inside me. I can feel its metallic hardness. And even though that bullet has been warming inside my body for fourteen years, on a night like this when it is dark enough and the wind is blowing, that bullet feels as cold as the night itself. It was a Halloween night, which always makes me think about my days on the force. There's nothing like being a policeman in Detroit on Halloween night. The kids wear masks, but instead of trick-or-treating they burn down houses. The next day there might be forty or fifty houses reduced to black skeletons, still smoking. Every cop is out on the streets, looking for kids with gasoline cans and calling in the fires before they rage out of control. The only thing worse than being a Detroit policeman on Halloween night is being a Detroit fireman. But that was a long time ago. Fourteen years since I took that bullet, fourteen years and a good three hundred miles away, due south. It might as well have been on another planet, in another lifetime. Paradise, Michigan, is a little town in the Upper Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Superior, across Whitefish Bay from Sault Ste. Marie, or "the Soo," as the localscall it. On a Halloween ni


Product Code: 9780312969196
ISBN: 0312969198
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Publication Date: 2000-02-15
Number of Pages: 320 pages
Languages: english
Edition: No Information
Dimension: 4.21 x 0.91 x 6.69 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds