A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels #1) (Paperback)

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From its eerie and poignant first lines to its heart-stopping conclusion, this Michigan mystery by Edgar Award winning author Steve Hamilton is sure to hook you on the series.I absolutely loved it.

“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 kind of a part of me now. But every once in a while, on a certain kind of night, I remember that Bullet. I can feel its weight inside me. I can  feel its metallic hardness.”
—Steve Hamilton


— kelly


When first published, A Cold Day in Paradise won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. Now, 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 near his heart, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, the man convicted of the crimes has been locked away for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cabin in the woods, a murderer with the same unmistakable trademarks appears to be back. McKnight can't understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders. And it seems like it'll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel truth from deception in a town that's anything but Paradise.

About the Author

Steve Hamilton was born and raised in Detroit, and graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. In 2006, he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. His novels have won numerous awards and media acclaim beginning with the very first in the Alex McKnight series, A Cold Day in Paradise, which won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. Once published, it went on to win the MWA Edgar and the PWA Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the Anthony and Barry Awards. His book The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York where he lives with his wife Julia and their two children.

Praise For…

“[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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250012685
ISBN-10: 1250012686
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Alex McKnight Novels