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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (879 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hamilton Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex McKnight Series Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9781482975383
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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. Now, with officials pointed in the wrong direction and his closest allies either missing or in jail, Alex knows he is the only one who can uncover the truth. But McKnight can’t possibly know how dark this conspiracy truly is—or how close to guilt he actually stands.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…Hamilton keeps the action fast and furious and manages to keep the reader off balance almost as much as his hero.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fine showcase for Hamilton’s lithesome prose. The pace is brisk, the episodes often humorous, and the tale brims with an infectious reverence for its natural setting.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A bracing, sometimes sidesplitting alternative detective novel.”

    Booklist

  • “North of Nowhere has a twisty plot with genuine surprises, but it’s the understanding of the people who live in the Upper Peninsula and the love for both the harshness and beauty of the Lake Superior shoreline that make this another good entry in a terrific series.”

    Flint (MI) Journal

  • “A fast-paced book with wonderful characters…Hamilton writes great prose.”

    ReviewTheEvidence.com

  • “A robust entry…Alex is at his best and the support cast augments the isolated feeling of going north of nowhere that shows why Steve Hamilton is an award-winning author.”

    Internet Bookwatch

  • “Hamilton[’s]…tensile prose…reflects the dramatic, often violent contradictions of people who live on the edge of the world.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A brisk, well-plotted tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monie Hayes | 2/18/2014

    " Doesn't mean it's really good -- but it's pretty good, and I really like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/18/2014

    " I'm really enjoying this author! Granted, the reader adds or detracts quite a bit from an audio book, and Dan John Miller is a top-notch reader. This book is the 4th in the series and I enjoyed listening to this one as much as the first one. On to #5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lukasz Pruski | 2/12/2014

    " Other readers may like it more. This competently written book has a good beginning, but it steadily goes downward from there; the plot gets contrived and bizarre. The climactic scene on Lake Superior is hilarious in an unintended way. The misadventures of a group of elderly men remind me the idiotic "Camel Club" by Baldacci. No more Alex McKnight for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 2/8/2014

    " I love this series by Steve Hamilton. Great characters, terrific setting and he writes very well, too! However, this one didn't grab me like the previous three. I thought that the storyline was just not that interesting, but I've got the next two books in my TBR pile and can't wait to read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/6/2014

    " I have read all of the Alex McKnight novels and watch Steve Hamilton's web site looking for word of the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/4/2014

    " This is the fourth in the Alex McKnight series, and a long-overdue return for me. Alex appears more troubled and depressed than usual, not coming out of his cabin for quite some time. His good friend Jackie drags him out for a poker game, from which things spiral out of control, get Alex out of his cabin for good and back into investigating, and calls into question the relationships of the people who make up Alex's world. The writing is clean and sparse (much appreciated in the days of 400+ page books and 3 hour movies). As with any Hamilton book, there is an incredible sense of place and the people are real and compelling. I highly recommend this series of books, but read them in order starting with A Cold Day in Paradise. Hamilton will be the toastmaster at Bouchercon in Albany this year, which prompted me to pick this one out of the, well, MANY books on Mount TBR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 2/2/2014

    " Loved, Loved, Loved this book. It was fast paced with great characters. Just alot of fun to read. I have recommended it to numerous people because I enjoy the Alex McKnight series so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 1/26/2014

    " By now you can see I love this whole Alex McKnight series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Javiera | 1/21/2014

    " Good Book, but not the best of the series. Anyway interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/20/2014

    " Love all of the Steve Hamilton books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/17/2014

    " I liked this one. He didn't seem as crazy. I think the author is improving with each book I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/13/2014

    " Not much to add to other's comments, but I'm reading this series all out of order (which I hate), but am really enjoying Alex's story. I like the way Mr. Hamilton writes to be certain. Have 2 more in the series to go and expect to like them equally as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/11/2014

    " Retired detective Alex McKnight is drawn into a local poker game and finds himself on the floor, gun to his head. The small upper peninsula town of Paradise, Michigan turns out to be small, yes, but quiet, no. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/26/2013

    " Once again, quick and easy read. I enjoyed the story, as I have the previous novel. Poor McKnight, he just can't catch a break or walk away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 12/9/2013

    " 3.5-this continues to be a reliably entertaining series with a solid lead character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kip | 12/7/2013

    " Great mystery, but as with all Hamilton's books, a little too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami Habel | 11/28/2013

    " This was good didn't know it was part of a series. Liked the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne P1 | 10/27/2013

    " Nice, easy, light read. Perfect for the cottage or backyard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Hoffman Brauman | 9/8/2013

    " Decent mystery -- Alex gets pulled into going to a poker game with his friend --and it all goes downhill from there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 8/29/2013

    " Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauretta Allen | 5/20/2013

    " Another one of my favorite mystery series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Captain Curmudgeon | 4/23/2013

    " Not as good as The Hunting Wind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 3/15/2013

    " An Alex McKnight mystery book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodie | 2/28/2013

    " This is my favorite of Hamilton's Alex McKnight books, which says a lot because they're all great reads! In recent years I've really thinned out my books on eBay, but kept this one as Steve signed it for me, with a smart alecky remark about my Colorado Avs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 1/20/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefani Parkhurst | 12/28/2012

    " Definitely enjoyed this book in the series more that the last. I was pleasantly surprised that "who done it" was not who I had thought. Always nice to be shocked with the outcome even up to the very last page! Looking forward to getting started oon the fifth book tomorrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 8/29/2012

    " I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous books in this series. The plot is rather confusing and there are too many minor characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Anderson | 3/23/2012

    " What better way to spend the hot summer than reading about the one part of Michigan that never seems to get very warm--The UP & Lake Superior. Hamilton's books are such great reads and if you are familiar with the area he writes about you can picture Alex and his friends solving the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/17/2011

    " This is the 4th novel in the Alex McKnight series. Like his other books, it had lots of twists and turns in the plot... just when you think you have it figured out, you're wrong! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 3/24/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Alex McKnight; when a poker game at a home the McKnight is at for the first time is robbed, suspicion falls on the former cop and some of his friends "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 3/15/2011

    " Really enjoying this series set up in the UP and Lake Michigan coastal towns of Michigan that I know fairly well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauretta | 1/6/2011

    " Another one of my favorite mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/30/2010

    " That was the last one for me. I hope there will be more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 8/25/2010

    " I just love these books! They never disappoint, and I really love the Alex McKnight character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 7/24/2010

    " Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin "El Liso Grande" | 6/2/2010

    " ok. not nearly as good as his books are now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 3/25/2010

    " I love this series by Steve Hamilton. Great characters, terrific setting and he writes very well, too! However, this one didn't grab me like the previous three. I thought that the storyline was just not that interesting, but I've got the next two books in my TBR pile and can't wait to read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/21/2009

    " Love all of the Steve Hamilton books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 10/23/2009

    " Hamilton continues his brilliant McKnight series. The characters are so rich and atmosphere so deep. Great fun and tight reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/30/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Alex McKnight; when a poker game at a home the McKnight is at for the first time is robbed, suspicion falls on the former cop and some of his friends
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodie | 2/7/2009

    " This is my favorite of Hamilton's Alex McKnight books, which says a lot because they're all great reads! In recent years I've really thinned out my books on eBay, but kept this one as Steve signed it for me, with a smart alecky remark about my Colorado Avs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 10/18/2008

    " I liked this one. He didn't seem as crazy. I think the author is improving with each book I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genia | 9/15/2008

    " Another great read in the Alex McKnight series.
    Steve Hamilton is nothing if consistent.
    Great characters and interesting location. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/28/2008

    " Steve Hamilton's books are just easy mystery reads which are located in northern michigan and the UP. It's fun to read a book when you are familar with the towns that the book is in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 6/12/2008

    " By now you can see I love this whole Alex McKnight series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 EvanT | 3/25/2008

    " Alex, a regular guy from Detroit, lives up north in the Upper Peninsula and is a private investigator. The author grew up in Lakeland, MI, a few miles from where I live!!!! Great book and keeps you guessing all the time. He dies in the end.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/8/2008

    " Retired detective Alex McKnight is drawn into a local poker game and finds himself on the floor, gun to his head. The small upper peninsula town of Paradise, Michigan turns out to be small, yes, but quiet, no. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/26/2007

    " I enjoyed this one one also. Alex and his friends are great. This was also a good story, as usual. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton’s debut, A Cold Day in Paradise won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before winning both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His standalone novel The Lock Artist was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award, and went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the United States. His television credits include The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law & Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.