WINTER OF THE WOLF MOON
"If you survive," he said, "we will have something in common. Something very rare. You see, I was in a similar situation myself once. I didn't freeze to death. But I must warn you. The cold can take away a piece of you. Not just your physical body. I mean inside you."
Hamilton's crisp, evocative style and 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 reader’s spine. Readers will want to bundle up and settle in.
“In Alex McKnight’s rugged neck of the woods – a town called Paradise, right across from Canada, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – anything under a foot of snow is just ‘scattered flurries,’ and any fistfight that doesn’t require skin grafts qualifies ad civilized discourse. A firmer Detroit cop and failed private eye who drew first blood in Steve Hamilton’s strong debut mystery, ‘A Cold Day in Paradise,’ Alex returns…to duke it out with a roughneck team of hockey players whose postgame rituals extend to dealing drugs and beating up Indians.
an Ojibwa woman comes to Alex with a face full of bruises (and a bag
full of dope) that she got from one of these guys. He offers he asylum
in a cabin that he rents out to snowmobilers. But her subsequent
kidnapping sends him back out in to the snow for a series of brutal
encounters with amateur thugs, professional killers, dumb racists and
even a few lawmen who don’t respect boundaries. It’s a cold, cruel
world up here. (‘Once you freeze all the way through to your soul,’
Alex is advised, ‘you will never feel warm again.’) But Hamilton
understands the border mentality, and his tensile rose – with its
shirting images of heat and cold, light and ark – reflects the
dramatic, often violent contradictions of people who live on the edge of
most entertaining tale, peppered with wry humor and real, amusing
characters. Hamilton presents a fast mystery brimming with insight into
both politics of U.S./Canadian border crimes and the relations between
Native Americans and their white neighbors."
protagonist is likeable as well as durable, his raffish cast sharply
observed and entertaining. Moreover, he knows how to pace a story,
something of a lost art in recent crime fiction."
prose, independent protagonist, and ingenious plot. An inviting sequel
to his Edgar Award-winning first novel."
“[This] is, start to
finish, an excellent mystery….Although the reluctant-hero theme has
been tackled many times in mystery fiction, Hamilton has found a new way
to approach it. Paradise,
Michigan, the small-town setting of the novel, is the kind of place
you’d like to visit (dress warmly), and McKnight is the kind of fellow
you’d like to meet – he’s shake your hand, buy you a beer and, as
long as you didn’t get on his wrong side, be your friend for life.
This is the kind of book you climb inside and, when you’re
forced to leave, you wish you could stay a little longer.
“This is a gripping,
clever, beautifully rendered entertainment. McKnight is, in this
editor’s opinion, one of the coolest American P.I.’s (probably
because he doesn’t want to be one at all) since Parker’s Spenser
started cracking clues back in the early ‘70’s. Simply a joy to
Winter of the Wolf
Moon is a novel of
redemption and spiritual rebirth masquerading as a novel of mystery and
suspense. It is engaging, readable, and, in the end, surprisingly
affecting, and it reinforces the notion that Steve Hamilton is – or
could become – a significant new figure in American popular
“Characters are so
well shaped they hit the scene breathing…”
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