Alex McKnight

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,600 ratings

A Cold Day in Paradise Publisher's Summary

Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose’s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight can’t understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders - not to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. And it seems like it’ll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel the cold truth from a deadly deception in a town that’s anything but paradise.

©2000 Steve Hamilton (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Cold Day in Paradise

    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 251

    Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose’s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Zzzzzz

    • By Arizona Eagle on 07-10-12

    Regular price: $20.99

    • A Cold Day in Paradise

    • The Alex McKnight Series, Book 1
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes, has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose's unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A cold day in paradise

    • By Ula Ebbe on 08-30-18

    Regular price: $25.95

  • Book 2

    • Winter of the Wolf Moon

    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 195

    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 and reluctant private investigator, Alex McKnight, rents out small cabins to snowmobilers and tried to bury his demons under the snow he plows each day.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding dialog and cast of characters

    • By Dennis on 09-06-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • The Hunting Wind

    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 103

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Long, Tedious Road To Nowhere

    • By FRITZ STOOP on 10-30-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • North of Nowhere

    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of police chief Roy Maven’s lead suspects. Worse, Vargas’s own sense of vigilante justice has targeted the former private eye as well, and the brash millionaire may be responsible for the sudden disappearance of Alex’s best friend Jackie.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Justin Verlander pitches in AAA

    • By Bull on 11-24-12

    Regular price: $20.99

    • North of Nowhere

    • The Alex McKnight Series, Book 4
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of Police Chief Roy Maven's lead suspects. Worse, Vargas' own sense of vigilante justice has targeted the former private eye as well, and the brash millionaire may be responsible for the sudden disappearance of Alex's best friend, Jackie.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The value of friendship

    • By Allen Anthony on 08-16-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Blood Is the Sky

    • Alex McKnight #5
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jim Bond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    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 and his most recent group of hunters have vanished in northern Ontario, and 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 and his friend miles from civilization.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration Killed this story

    • By Dennis on 11-09-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 6

    • Ice Run

    • Alex McKnight Mystery #6
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jim Bond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    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 - and her own secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Likeable characters

    • By Richard on 07-28-09
    • Alex McKnight Mystery #6
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jim Bond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 10-21-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 88 ratings

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • A Stolen Season

    • Alex McKnight #7
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jim Bond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 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 and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again. He couldn't be more wrong.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story; distracting narration

    • By Nelson on 07-11-10

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 8

    • Misery Bay

    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 167

    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 36 hours later, his lifeless eyes staring out at the endless coldwater of Lake Superior. It happens in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay, a good 250 miles west of Paradise.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By David Shear on 06-28-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 9

    • Die a Stranger

    • Alex McKnight #9
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning. And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing. Vinnie is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex McKnight’s best friend. He’s come through for Alex more than once in the past, and he never ever misses a day of work. So Alex can’t help but be worried.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Alex is back

    • By Mystery Addict on 09-25-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 10

    • Let It Burn

    • Alex McKnight, Book 10
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve and 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 and 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 and 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listened to all 10 mcknight novels in a row!

    • By deny21 on 03-29-18

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 11

    • Dead Man Running

    • An Alex McKnight Thriller
    • By: Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 64

    On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Arizona. 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 and 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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Don’t. Just don’t.

    • By Rufus on 09-03-18

    Regular price: $24.50