In an unprecedented literary feat, Steve Hamilton’s debut novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, captured both the prestigious Edgar and Shamus awards. Now the best-selling author presents the third installment in his critically acclaimed mystery series: a complex, atmospheric tale that will plunge listeners back into icy, unpredictable Alex McKnight territory, where the private investigator finds himself doing a favor for an old friend – but this favor could cost him his life…
In the remote, wintry reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it’s hard for a man to remember what springtime is like, let alone Spring Training. But when a former teammate tracks him down, erstwhile minor league player Alex McKnight is instantly transported back to the good old Toledo dugout, circa 1971. Unfortunately, Randy Wilkins didn’t trek 3,000 miles to the bleak shores of Lake Superior to sit by the fire with a couple of imported beers, dissecting the past, inning by glorious inning. He’s here to pitch a proposal: that Alex help him find the woman with whom he had a brief, passionate affair three decades ago. Who is Alex to deny a fellow the chance to ward off classic midlife chill by rekindling an old flame? What he doesn’t consider is that there might be a good reason the mysterious, missing Maria is more elusive than a starting position in the majors – and that his trusted old pal might not have told him the whole score.
©2010 Steve Hamilton (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Perhaps it is the monotone drone of the narration. Perhaps it is the convoluted, nonsensical plot. Or the contrived, implausible dialogue.
The protagonist, a dim-witted, spineless moron is buffeted about by a cast of room-tempeture IQed dupes and a band of psychopathic, murderous gypsies in the mysterious beach town at the end of the road by the the fabulous real estate parcel, all engage in the end game. Only no one knows what the winner gets.
Sound exciting? Get some help.
The character and plot development phase of this story is on the long side, some of the other reviewers could not make it through it, which is to bad because there is a payoff in the second half of the story. I like the dialog this author is able to write and I like the main character Alex McNight so the first half of the book was enjoyable to me. There are always twists and turns in the plotline toward the end of one of Hamilton's stories and they always leave you mentally off balance trying to keep up and this story is no different in that respect.
This narrator is phenomenal for this series and in my past reviews I have neglected to mention how I felt about his part, as good as it gets.
As the story finished this time I was filled with the sense that there should be more to the ending, although I did enjoy what I got. To sum things up I would say that there is more personal drama in this stories than the others and I did miss Alex's parter not playing as big a role as the last story as I have come to enjoy the chemistry between the two.
Nevertheless, if you have been reading this series and come to this story do not hesitate, this is a great series so far and I have really enjoyed it.
Boring, I listened for 1.5 hours of an 8 hour book waiting for it to take off and it never did. The two protagonists get to a library in Detroit to do some background research and the library is closed. They were looking for help with a name. Could this book move any more slowly???!!!! Don't buy this book unless you are looking for a snooze fest.
Listening to the performance reminded me of an 8th grade play. It is absolutely the worst performance I've ever heard. There are irritating voices -- Len Cariou comes to mind -- who still deliver good performances. And then there's this -- the only audio book I have ever unplugged, and bought in paperback to finish. I sincerely hope Steve Hamilton -- who is a good author -- doesn't make this mistake again.
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