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North of nowhere : an Alex McKnight mystery
Hamilton, Steve.
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[Large print edition].
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Waterville, ME : Wheeler, [2002]

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352 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
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An Edgar and Shamus Award Winning Author. On the eve of his forty-ninth birthday, Alex McKnight counts up his failures; his marriage, baseball career and his stint in the Detroit police. Jackie Conner, proprietory of the Glasgow Inn, is concerned with Alex's state of mind and offers his firend an ultimatum: go to a poker game or he'll put him on a plane to Moosehide. The game takes place in a push house with men Alex hardly knows. In the middle of the game, masked robbers invade the premises, hold the players at gunpoint and proceed to rob the homeowner. Alex is roused back into action and so is his former detective partner. They discover this is far more complex than a simple robbery and involves murder, greed, and revenge. Alex is forced to realise that there is no retreat from life and maybe that is a good thing

Author Notes

Steve Hamilton was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1961. He graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the Hopwood Award for fiction. He is the author of the Alex McKnight Mystery series. A Cold Day in Paradise won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer and the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. The Lock Artist won the 2011 Edgar Award. In 2006, he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. His current bestseller is The Second Life of Nick Mason. He also works for IBM.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The title fits both the Upper Peninsula setting of this mystery and its hero's emotional state. Alex McKnight is about to turn 49 and feels that he doesn't have much to show for it: only a busted marriage, a failed career in minor-league baseball, a stint as a Detroit cop that ended with his partner dead, and his current gigs as caretaker of resort cabins and sometime sleuth. Yet McKnight escapes being a bitter, emotionally stunted private eye through his humorous self-assessment. He tries to end his self-exile by attending a poker game at a rich guy's home. Wrong move. The game is busted up by masked gunmen who make off with the contents of the rich guy's safe. As McKnight hunts down the gunmen, he discovers that the tiny town of Paradise, Michigan, festers with corrupt and dangerous secrets. This fourth McKnight mystery is a bracing, sometimes sidesplitting alternative detective novel. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

No longer a cop, inactive as a private eye, classic loner Alex McKnight has retreated to his lakeside cabin in this superb yarn, Edgar-winner Hamilton's fourth after 2001's The Hunting Wind. In fact, Alex has become so much a recluse in the little town of Paradise in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that his few friends are worried about him. That leads Jackie Connery, the Scottish-raised proprietor of the bar where Alex sometimes hangs out, to badger him into joining a friendly power game at the home of Win Vargas. Before Alex can even work up a good dislike of the blustery, wealth-flaunting Vargas, three armed men interrupt the poker game. While Alex, Jackie and the other players are held at gunpoint, their host is led off to open a safe and his treasured collection of artifacts in trashed or stolen. From that quick beginning, events move swiftly and strangely. Alex finds Vargas's suspicions centering on him; the police, let my old enemy Chief Roy Maven, think Jack and the other players were in on the robbery. And Alex's ex-partner, PI Leon Prudell, turns out to have yet another take on who's behind the robbery. Hamilton keeps the action fast and furious and manages to keep the read off balance almost as much as his hero. As usual, Alex takes more than his share of lumps as he rediscovers the importance of friendship, loyalty and courage. While Alex McKnight would probably hate the idea, mysteries this good may make him extremely popular. Agent, Jane Chelius. (May 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Alex McKnight owns a small group of rustic cottages on the north edge of Michigan near Lake Superior. His retreat from society is interrupted by well-meaning friend Jackie, who forces him out of his hideaway for an evening of poker. When the game is interrupted by a well-planned burglary and Jackie is arrested for it, Alex is determined to clear him. The tangle proves more complex and dangerous than Alex had expected, but he stubbornly looks for answers. Nick Sullivan has narrated all four of Hamilton's mysteries featuring Alex, and he is clearly in sync with the material. He reads with an intensity that portrays Alex's single-minded concentration on whatever task confronts him, yet he can slow his pace to allow the listener to enjoy the wry humor laced throughout much of the story. Sullivan's deep voice is suited to the hard-boiled detective genre; his interpretation of the disillusioned ex-cop and his colorful acquaintances includes gruff voices; Midwestern, Canadian and Scottish accents; and attentive pacing. Recommended for mystery collections.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.