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Written by Steve Hamilton
Read by Nick Sullivan, Jim Bond, Dan John Miller
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Bitrate: 64 Kbps

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01. A Cold Day in Paradise (1998)
02. Winter of the Wolf Moon (2000)
03. The Hunting Wind (2001)
04. North of Nowhere (2002)
05. Blood Is the Sky (2003)
06. Ice Run (2004)
07. A Stolen Season (2006)
08. Misery Bay (2011)
09. Die a Stranger (2012)
10. Let It Burn (2013)
11. Dead Man Running (2018)
11½. Riddle Island (2020)

Alex McKnight, former Detroit cop, now Paradise, Michigan private investigator renting cabins built by his late father, on the shore of Lake Superior.

A Cold Day in Paradise (1998)
Read by Nick Sullivan; UAB. Alex McKnight #1
Chivers / BlackStone Audio

- 1997 Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Best First Private Eye Novel Award
- 1999 Anthony Best First Novel Award Finalist
- 1999 Barry Best First Novel Award Finalist
- 1999 Edgar Best First Novel Award
- 1999 Shamus Best First Novel Award

AudioBookStore Edition (UnABridged)
7.5 hours
Released: October 2000
ISBN: 9781602832404

1997’s Best First Private Eye Novel winner was a splendidly evocative work by IBM employee Steve Hamilton, which takes just about every cliché in the field & turns it inside out. Yes, Alex McKnight was an athlete in his youth–but a minor league baseball player, not a top pro forced out by injury. & yes, he was a cop in Detroit before he moved up to the town of Paradise on the shores of Lake Superior–but even this overused genre icon is made believable by the details of a particularly bloody shootout. In Paradise, Alex runs a hunting camp built by his late father & only drifts into private investigations because of two friends, a persuasive lawyer & a local millionaire with a gambling problem who needs his help. When two bookmakers are murdered & the millionaire disappears, all the signs point to the psychopath who killed McKnight’s partner & left a slug near Alex’s heart 14 years before. The only problem is that this man has definitely, positively been in prison ever since. You might figure out the plot twists a page or two before McKnight does, but don’t bet the farm on it. & the deep layer of details that Hamilton provides about life in this bleak part of the world add to the book’s many pleasures. — Dick Adler

Hamilton combines clear, crisp writing, wily, colorful characters & an offbeat locale (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) in an impressive debut. Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit cop living in Paradise, Mich., on disability with a bullet next to his heart. He rents cabins to hunters & has recently taken out a private-detective license at the suggestion of Lane Uttley, a local lawyer. The book begins fast, with a lot of background deftly woven into the narrative. At a local bar, the lawyer’s former investigator accuses Alex of stealing his business. Later, Edwin Fulton, the scion of a wealthy Detroit family & a compulsive gambler, calls Alex from a nearby motel where he has found the murdered body of his bookie. After Edwin’s strong-willed mother hires Alex to protect the family, another local bookie is murdered & Edwin disappears, prompting Alex & the lawyer to start a search of their own. Meanwhile, Alex receives letters & calls that appear to be from the Detroit man who shot him & whom the then-cop had helped send to prison for life without parole 14 years ago. Hamilton cleverly joins the plots, leaving but one disappointment: how long it takes Alex to learn to place his trust in others with care. — Publishers Weekly

Audible Audio Edition (Read by Dan John Miller; UnABridged, Brilliance Audio)

Audible Best Seller #230 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #333 in Private Investigator Mysteries

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22 (actual) Chapters
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Winter of the Wolf Moon (2000)
Read by Nick Sullivan; UAB. Alex McKnight #2
BBC Sound Library

- 2001 Barry Best Novel Award Finalist

BlackStone AudioCD Library Edition (UnABridged, Read by Nick Sullivan)
7.12 hours
BlackStone Audio
Released: 05/25/2003
ISBN: 9780792729020

Sequel to Hamilton’s award-winning first novel (A Cold Day in Paradise), the story returns us to the small town of Paradise, Michigan where ex-Detroit police detective & reluctant private investigator, Alex McKnight, rents out small cabins to snowmobilers & tried to bury his demons under the snow he plows each day.

Alex is content with his low-key existence, until a young Native American woman asks for his help – ostensibly to escape an abusive lover – & then disappears without a trace from one of his cabins. Feeling responsible, Alex begins a frantic search, swatting away his self-appointed “partner” – the town’s favorite fool – until the man surprises him. It’s a search that leads to encounters with a variety of unsavory types, each with his own agenda, & to some extremely unpleasant discoveries by McKnight himself as he forcibly learns that criminal sadism knows no geographic boundaries & that the motives of both good & evil people can lead to disaster.

Hamilton’s crisp, evocative style & refreshingly genuine cast of characters cements his place among today’s most talented crime fiction writers. And his uniquely atmospheric rendering of place – especially the relentlessly frigid winter of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – will send a palpable shiver down the listener’s spine. Listeners will want to bundle up & settle in.

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged, Read by Dan John Miller)
7 hours & 23 minutes
Audible Released: February 01, 2010

Audible Best Seller #235 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #342 in Private Investigator Mysteries

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The Hunting Wind (2001)
Read by Nick Sullivan; UAB. Alex McKnight #3
Chivers / BlackStone Audio

BlackStone AudioCD Library Edition (UnABridged, Read by Nick Sullivan)
8.10 hours
Released: 04/01/2002
ISBN: 9780792798880

Alex McKnight, the burned-out former cop turned PI of Steve Hamilton’s Edgar Award-winning first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, was a promising catcher who never quite made it to the majors. But his old teammate Randy Wilkins did, for one game with the Detroit Tigers that effectively ended the pitcher’s career. What Randy can’t forget about that game was the beautiful young woman he met the night before he blew his future in professional sports. Over two decades later, he’s come to McKnight to track down the mysterious Maria, whose memory still haunts him. The trail is pretty cold after all these years, but Alex manages to get a line on Maria’s relatives, who aren’t exactly thrilled to make his acquaintance. In fact, they’re downright hostile when Alex finds them in a small Michigan town, & he just barely escapes with his life. But he perseveres, & ultimately makes his way to an even smaller resort town, where the natives are almost as unfriendly. The police chief is so hostile to Alex’s efforts that he quickly realizes someone else is on her tail, & that there’s a good reason she’s been hiding out for so long. Not only that, when someone shoots Randy & almost kills him, Alex is in for another nasty surprise. His old friend isn’t who he seems to be, & Alex himself may be the victim of exactly the kind of scam Randy’s been running since he left the majors.

Hamilton has a well-developed sense of place, & he’s good at exploring the complexities of his protagonist. But it’s Randy the reader wants more fully realized, even after the mystery is solved & Alex makes a beeline back to Paradise. This is a taut, well-written thriller that fulfills Hamilton’s promise as a writer to watch. –Jane Adams

Edgar & Shamus Awards-winner Hamilton’s 3rd Alex McKnight thriller (after A Cold Day in Paradise; Winter of the Wolf Moon) is the next best thing to Evelyn Wood. It is un-put-downable. McKnight, a former Detroit cop, was “retired” by a bullet that remains lodged in his chest. He owns a small business in upstate Michigan & likes to spend his time in the local pub watching his beloved Tigers on TV. One day, an old friend walks in a man he hasn’t seen for 30 years. Alex has a soft spot for old buddies who exploit him mercilessly. This one is no exception. He wants Alex to help him find an former girlfriend whom he hasn’t seen in decades. As he won’t listen to reason, he & Alex are soon in Detroit on the almost nonexistent trail of his boyhood love. It is a leisurely but interesting trek that doesn’t quicken until it seems to peter out entirely. Then, an unexpected act of violence causes everything we have believed real to blur into a haze of doubt. We are in the glorious, shadowy realm of noir where nothing is what it seems. Alex, the street-smart cop, is momentarily a babe in the woods in a pit of vipers. Hamilton’s prose moves us smoothly along & his characters are marvelously real. His world is an existential one merciless to the innocent but in this exceptionally entertaining novel, McKnight is a decent man whose wits are a match for a whole world of vipers. — Publishers Weekly

Audible Audio Edition (Read by Dan John Miller; UnABridged, Brilliance Audio)
8 hours & 53 minutes
Audible Released: April 06, 2010

Audible Best Seller #466 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #583 in Private Investigator Mysteries

Chapterized M4B (22050 Hz, 2 ch, 64 kbps, Lossy AAC SBR), 224 MB (235,024,864 bytes)
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24 (actual) Chapters
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North of Nowhere (2002)
Read by Nick Sullivan; UAB. Alex McKnight #4
BBC Audiobooks / Chivers / BlackStone Audio

- 2003 Anthony Best Mystery Award Finalist
- 2003 Barry Best Novel Award Finalist
- 2003 Shamus Best Novel Award Finalist

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
7 hours & 22 minutes
Audible Released: August 14, 2015

Audible Best Seller #276 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #393 in Private Investigator Mysteries

That Steve Hamilton has won a following by writing private-eye novels about a guy who has no interest in being a PI is testament both to his storytelling talents & readers’ hunger for fresh approaches to this genre. North of Nowhere finds ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight celebrating his 49th birthday by retreating to his cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he laments his personal & career failures. Eventually, though, McKnight is coaxed out with the prospect of a poker game, hosted by wealthy contractor Winston Vargas, only to have the game interrupted by armed men in masks, who empty Vargas’s safe & leave clues suggesting that Alex & his fellow players engineered the heist.

Now, McKnight really has reason to feel sorry for himself. But instead, he goes after the gunmen, along the way swapping sucker punches with Vargas, shaking down his former detective partner (who videotaped the thieves’ escape), & discovering that even his friends harbor secrets that could get them all killed.

This 4th McKnight outing (after 2001’s The Hunting Wind) is a fine showcase for Hamilton’s lithesome prose. The pace is brisk, the episodes often humorous, & the tale brims with an infectious reverence for its natural setting (”God help me, on a summer night when the sun is going down, it is the most beautiful place on earth”). If Hammett moved the detective story from the drawing room into the mean streets, Hamilton has proved that the north woods have their own potential for homicidal intrigue. — J. Kingston Pierce

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 4th 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 & the other players are held at gunpoint, their host is led off to open a safe & his treasured collection of artifacts in trashed or stolen. From that quick beginning, events move swiftly & strangely. Alex finds Vargas’s suspicions centering on him; the police, let my old enemy Chief Roy Maven, think Jack & the other players were in on the robbery. & 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 & furious & 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 & courage. While Alex McKnight would probably hate the idea, mysteries this good may make him extremely popular. Agent, Jane Chelius. — Publishers Weekly 05/13/2002

AudioBookStore Edition (UnABridged)
7.25 hours
Released: June 2002
ISBN: 9781602830585

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Blood Is the Sky (2003)
Read by Jim Bond; UAB. Alex McKnight #5
Brilliance Audio

- 2004 Shamus Best Novel Award Finalist
- 2004 Anthony Best Mystery Award Finalist

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
8 hours & 27 minutes
Audible Released: October 21, 2008

Audible Best Seller #541 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #665 in Private Investigator

When a fire is done, what’s left is only half-destroyed. It is charred & brittle. It is obscene. There is nothing so ugly in all the world as what a fire leaves behind, covered in ashes & smoke & a smell you’ll think about every day for the rest of your life.

Reluctant investigator Alex McKnight finds himself drawn by friendship into a long drive north. The brother of Alex’s longtime Ojibwa friend Vinnie LeBlanc works as a hunting guide, serving the rich clients from downstate. It seems that Vinnie’s brother & his most recent group of hunters have vanished in northern Ontario, & Vinnie is scared enough to ask Alex to help him find them.

Their arrival sets in motion a heart-pounding string of events that leaves Alex & his friend miles from civilization, stranded in the heart of the Canadian wilderness with no food, no weapons -& no way out. And there’s someone out there who definitely does not want them to make it back alive.

At once elegant & enormously suspenseful, Steve Hamilton’s Blood Is the Sky heralds his arrival as one of the premier crime writers working today.

Chapterized M4B (22050 Hz, 2 ch, 64 kbps, Lossy AAC SBR), 228 MB (239,819,333 bytes)
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Ice Run (2004)
Read by Jim Bond; UAB. Alex McKnight #6
Brilliance Audio

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
8 hours & 45 minutes
Audible Released: October 21, 2008

Audible Best Seller #592 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #715 in Private Investigator Mysteries

Alex McKnight is in love. Even though he met Natalie Reynaud, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police, under difficult circumstances, they share a common bond of solitude, as well as the same nightmare - they’re both cops who buried their partners. It’s Alex’s first real relationship in years, which in some ways is terrifying. But Natalie has her own fears to deal with - & her own secrets.

They brave a violent snowstorm to spend the night together in a historic hotel in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. There, they meet a mysterious old man who seems to know a lot about Natalie - & about her family. But they won’t be getting any answers from him - he’ll be found frozen to death in a snowbank the very next morning. From this single incident, an old blood feud will be reignited, one going back decades to an event buried in her family’s past - an event that even now can still drive men to kill each other.

As much as Natalie doesn’t want Alex to become entangled in this web of lies & hatred, there’s no way he can let her face this danger alone. This is a man who has gotten beaten up, shot at, & even dragged behind a snowmobile, all because he’s a sucker for a friend in need.

How much further will he go for love?

Chapterized M4B (22050 Hz, 2 ch, 64 kbps, Lossy AAC SBR), 244 MB (256,142,617 bytes)
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24 (actual) Chapters
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A Stolen Season (2006)
Read by Jim Bond; UAB. Alex McKnight #7
Brilliance Audio

- 2007 Nero Award Finalist

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
8 hours & 41 minutes
Audible Released: October 16, 2008

Audible Best Seller #427 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #548 in Private Investigator Mysteries

On a cold, miserable night in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldn’t feel so unusual if it wasn’t the Fourth of July, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they’re all finally back on dry land & sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he’ll never see them again.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

It’s not enough that Natalie Reynaud, the woman who has become the center of his life, is five hundred miles away, working a dangerous undercover operation in Toronto. Now Alex has even more problems when the men from the boat get tangled up with his best friend, Vinnie. It’s all Alex can do to keep Vinnie from killing them or being killed by them.

With Vinnie in danger on one side of the border, & Natalie in just as much danger on the other, what comes next will be the absolute darkest hour of Alex’s life, beyond anything he’s ever faced before.

Steve Hamilton surpasses his previous works with this suspenseful page-turner that delves into the darkness & determination of the human spirit. If you thought you knew Alex McKnight & how far he’ll go for the people he cares about . . . think again. The chill of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula doesn’t cool the action in Edgar-winner Hamilton’s expertly paced seventh Alex McKnight novel (after 2005’s Ice Run). On an unusually frigid Fourth of July night, the retired Detroit cop & his sometime partner, Leon Prudell, save three men from a boating accident in Lake Superior’s Waishkey Bay. But the men return to accuse their rescuers of stealing a locked box off the boat, & Alex discovers that they’re squeezing members of the Bay Mills Indian reservation for government-financed prescription painkillers. As Alex closes in on the dealers, he narrowly avoids death. Meanwhile, his long-distance girlfriend, Ontario police officer Natalie Reynaud, goes undercover in Toronto to ferret out an illegal arms dealer. When she pays Alex a surprise visit at his Paradise, Mich., cabin, their operations intersect with tragic results. Plot turnarounds & double-crosses ensure a startling conclusion. — Publishers Weekly

Hamilton, who received the Edgar Award for his first mystery, A Cold Day in Paradise (1999), is now on his 7th installment in the series starring private eye Alex McKnight, who works as a cabin curator & sometimes private eye in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. McKnight has a familiar backstory for a private eye: he is a one-time cop with a troubled past (in McKnight’s case, the trauma of having his partner killed). Hamilton, however, uses McKnight’s break from his former life as a way of exploring his character’s efforts to escape despair & find some semblance of meaning. He found at least some of that meaning in the last adventure, Ice Run (2004), in the form of a tentative love affair with a female cop. This time the action shuttles between McKnight’s attempts to stop a prescription pain-killer drug ring in Paradise, Michigan, & his girlfriend’s assignment to Toronto as an undercover gun dealer. Hamilton’s gamble of putting the most exciting action offstage with the girlfriend pays off big-time here. Hair-raising suspense with poignant characterization. Connie Fletcher — Booklist

Aussie AAudio Edition (UnABridged)
8 hrs & 41 mins
Released: 10/16/2008

Chapterized M4B (22050 Hz, 2 ch, 64 kbps, Lossy AAC SBR), 231 MB (242,492,104 bytes)
08:22:13.650 (664,446,976 samples)
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Misery Bay (2011)
Read by Dan John Miller; UAB. Alex McKnight #8
Brilliance Audio

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
9 hours & 16 minutes
Audible Released: June 07, 2011

Audible Best Seller #424 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Audible Best Seller #532 in Mystery Action Fiction
Audible Best Seller #536 in Private Investigator Mysteries

On a frozen January night, a young man loops one end of a long rope over the branch of a tree. The other end he ties around his neck. A snowmobiler will find him thirty-six hours later, his lifeless eyes staring out at the endless cold water of Lake Superior. It happens in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay. Alex McKnight does not know this young man, & he won’t even hear about the suicide until another cold night, two months later & 250 miles away, when the door to the Glasgow Inn opens & the last person Alex would ever expect to see comes walking in to ask for his help. What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence & bloody revenge & a race against time to catch a ruthless killer. McKnight knows all about evil, of course, having faced down a madman who killed his partner & left a bullet next to his heart. Mobsters, drug dealers, hit men - he’s seen them all, & they’ve taken away almost everything he’s ever loved. But none of them could have prepared him for the darkness he’s about to face.

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25 (actual) Chapters
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Die a Stranger (2012)
Read by Dan John Miller; UAB. Alex McKnight #9
Brilliance Audio

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
Audible Released: July 3, 2012

Audible Best Seller #936 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries

A plane lands in a deserted Upper Peninsula airstrip one night, & five dead bodies are found the next morning. The evidence suggests that not only are these murders the beginning of something bigger, but that Alex McKnight’s friend Vinnie may be part of it. Alex knows he needs to find him before it’s too late.

Vinnie LeBlanc is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, & he just might be Alex’s best friend. He’s certainly come through for Alex more than once in the past, so when he goes missing, Alex can’t help but be worried. There’s a deadly crime war creeping into the Upper Peninsula, leaving bodies in its wake, & Alex never would have expected that his friend could be involved. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town also looking for Vinnie, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.

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Let It Burn (2013)
Read by Dan John Miller; UAB. Alex McKnight #10
Brilliance Audio

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
8 hours & 31 minutes
Audible Released: July 02, 2013

Audible Best Seller #776 in Hard-Boiled
Audible Best Seller #866 in Private Investigator

Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve & protect Detroit as a police officer, a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he’d just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner’s death & of the bullet still lodged in his own chest. So he’s more than happy to stay in the little town of Paradise, 300 miles & half a lifetime away.

Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. It turns out that a young man Alex helped put away will be getting out of prison. That one big case marked the highlight of his career, before his partner was killed, before his marriage fell apart, before he left Detroit, forever. Now that man is about to walk free.

When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times’ sake, it’s an offer he would normally refuse. However, there’s a certain female FBI agent he can’t stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck & goes back to Detroit. While there, he’s reminded of something about that last case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It’s not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can’t let go of this gut feeling that they arrested the wrong man.

And that the real killer not only got away, butt went on to kill again… & again…. & again.

“McKnight’s vision of now-devastated Detroit is tremendously compelling.” — Booklist

“Steve Hamilton has written another compelling addition to his continually outstanding Alex McKnight series with Let It Burn. As always, Hamilton’s writing is realistically stylized with three-dimensional characters & atmospheric locales. You literally feel the heartbreak of present-day Detroit in comparison to its former glory days as the renowned Motor City. Let It Burn is thrilling crime drama at its very best.” — Fresh Fiction

Audible AAudio Edition (UnABridged)
Released: 07-02-13

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Dead Man Running (2018)
Read by Nick Sullivan; UAB. Alex McKnight #11
Penguin / HarperCollins Audio

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
7 hours & 55 minutes
Audible Released: August 21, 2018

Alex McKnight - hero of Steve Hamilton’s best-selling, award-winning, & beloved private eye series - is back in a high-stakes, nail-biting thriller, facing the most dangerous enemy he’s ever encountered.

On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Something about his living room seems not quite right - the room is bright, when he’s certain he’d left the curtains closed. Rewinding through the feed, he sees an intruder. When he shifts to the bedroom camera, he sees the dead body.

Martin T. Livermore is the key suspect in the abduction & murder of at least five women, but he’s never been this sloppy before. When the FBI finally catches him in Scottsdale, he declares he’ll only talk to one person: a retired police officer from Detroit, now a private investigator living in the tiny town of Paradise, Michigan. A man named Alex McKnight.

Livermore means nothing to McKnight, but it soon becomes clear McKnight means something to Livermore…& that Livermore’s capture was only the beginning of an elaborate, twisted plot with McKnight at the center. In a hunt that will take him across the country & to the edge of his limits, McKnight fights to stop a vicious killer before he can exact his ultimate revenge. And his grand finale will cut closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

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Riddle Island (2020) Short Story
Read by Dan John Miller; UAB. Alex McKnight #11½
BlackStone Audio

Audible Audio Edition (UnABridged)
1 hour
Audible Released: February 04, 2020
ASIN: B08375ZQ4C

Audible Best Seller #591 in Private Investigator Mysteries

On the afternoon of July 30, 1975, former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa left the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, never to be seen again. Over 200 FBI agents have been working the case in the 44 years since that day - digging up end zones, driveways, hay fields, & horse farms - & yet Hoffa’s body has never been found.

In this story by 2-time Edgar Award-winning, NY Times best-selling author Steve Hamilton, Alex McKnight - the former Detroit cop & protagonist of 11 critically acclaimed novels that have sold over a million copies - is sitting at the rail in the Glasgow Inn when a local old-timer tells him an unusual story. It’s the kind of small-town mystery that won’t let Alex sleep at night, but when he goes hunting for answers, he stumbles upon the biggest surprise of his life.

44 years later, the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa is still the most notorious open case in American crime history….

And Alex McKnight is about to solve it.

AudioBookStore Edition (UnABridged)
1 hour
Released: February 2020
ISBN: 9781094144450

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About the Author
Steve Hamilton’s first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before becoming a USA Today bestseller & winning both an Edgar & a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel The Lock Artist was named a NY Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, & then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making him only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel & Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, & now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife & their two children