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Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is
a graduate of the University of Michigan. He currently lives in upstate New York where, in addition to writing the Alex McKnight mystery series, he works as an information developer for IBM.

What he writes: Hamilton’s seven mysteries all feature the character Alex McKnight. McKnight has always felt his life was a failure. He wanted to be a professional baseball player but only made it to the minor leagues. His marriage ended in divorce and then his police career ended when he was shot and his partner killed. These self-perceived failures left McKnight full of angst and with a bullet lodged near his heart. He moved to the small town of Paradise in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for peace and quiet, but the outside world keeps intruding upon his life. McKnight is reluctant to engage in investigative work but has a strong sense of loyalty and always responds to a friend’s call for help, even when it would be in his best interest to ignore the request.

The most striking characteristics of Hamilton’s writing are the fully developed characters and the strong sense of place. In the first title, A Cold Day in Paradise, the writing conveyed the emotional struggle within Alex McKnight. With each succeeding title another character is developed, keeping the series full of complex characters and fresh. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is such an isolated location that the residents could be viewed as eccentric and Hamilton’s characters are no exception.

The series does not need to be read in order but part of the fun is to start at the beginning and watch the characters develop.


List of works  
  A Cold Day in Paradise (1998) Blood is the Sky (2003)
  Winter of the Wolf Moon (2000) Ice Run (2004)
  The Hunting Wind (2001) A Stolen Season (2006)
  North of Nowhere (2002)  
  1997 Private Eye Writers of America/St Martin’s Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest
  1999 Edgar Allen Poe and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel
  2006 Michigan Author Award
What the critics say
"Hamilton’s first-person narrative has a lyric cadence and thoughtful tone." — Chicago Tribune, March 13, 2000
"…vibrant and compelling from one of mystery’s rising superstar." — Plain Dealer, June 27, 2004
"…attracted fans and critical raves for its vigorous prose, gripping suspense, and fully rounded characters." — Library Journal, September 2006
"Hamilton always writes superior suspense novels, filled with realistic characters and a sympathetic hero." — Tampa Tribune, November 17, 2006


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