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by Steve Hamilton

Alex McKnight is sipping his beer in the Glasgow Inn when Randy Wilkins, a friend from his days in Detroit, turns up out of the blue. Finally he gets to the point. Randy's in love with a girl called Maria and wants to find her. The only problem being that he last saw her thirty years ago. It's a test of friendship to say the least and, at first, Alex can't think of anything worse. But loyalty gets the better of him and together Alex and Randy go back to Detroit where, as a police officer, Alex got shot. The bullet is still lodged in his chest. Their search for Maria leads them back to the past - a strange country which is unsavoury for Randy and painful for Alex as they hunt for Randy's lost love and Alex's lost life.
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ISBN: 0752847996
ISBN13: 978-0752847993
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Steve Hamilton
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Pub Co; New Ed edition (October 2002)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1529 kb
FB2 size: 1719 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 593
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heart of sky
Steve Hamilton delivers another solid performance! I've just started reading the Alex McKnight novels, so far this one is my favorite.
First off, I really enjoyed the atmosphere that Hamilton creates with the location being in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It reminds me of Poisonville/Personville in Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.

Hamilton did a great job of linking years and time together between two close friends before the big leagues and after when they've both careers cut short. However, they are both linked by one time, place and a woman. McKnight's friend is in search of this lost woman because he could not let her go. Little does McKnight know, there is something deeper to the connection with this missing woman. Hamilton's characters are great and relate-able. I think we all have a friend like Randy, who has an itch that can't be scratched. I felt bad for McKnight being dragged into a case he didn't really want, but wanted to help out his friend. McKnight once again demonstrates his dominant trait of loyalty and trustworthiness. He doesn't stop until the mystery is solved. I think we could all use a friend like McKnight.

Great book, leaves you guessing til the end.
This is my third book by Mr Hamilton (and his third book also). He is a very talented writer and the reader just slips into the story like a pair of comfortable shoes. His protagonist is likeable and believable. He is not the super-karate Special Ops private eye of other authors. He tends to get beat up. He kicks himself for not doing something right. And he has a small collection of friends on the Upper Peninsula that one comes to enjoy meeting. Almost like a collection of real people you probably know in your life. So far the trend in his books has been to find somebody that has disappeared. In this book, it is an old flame of a previous colleague that is being sought. Lots of twists and turns in the story.

I would say that reading his books in order is the best process. Watching his characters grow is very interesting. Mr Hamilton alludes to previous books in each subsequent novel. Reading in order helps to understand what went before. In the last three books there have been loose threads left hanging that I imagine will come back to roost in later novels.

I have gone to Google Earth and charted the locales in his books. It is an area I have never traveled and now must see.
So this was an interesting little mystery. I swear Alex just stumbles his way into trouble with every turn he makes. Sometimes on purpose... Sometimes by accident. LOL I know some of the negative reviewers complained The reason for Randy looking for Maria wasn't explained but it was explained and Alex did an absolute great job of explaining it. It's common sense.... Once you find out about Randy and Maria's relationship, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what the deal is between the two and ultimately the reason he was searching for her.

I guess you'll either like this story or you want. I personally enjoyed it and it was an entertaining read for a rainy afternoon, which has been happening more lately.
Steve Hamilton: The man knows how to tell a story, especially in "The Hunting Wind." This is my third in the Alex McKnight series, and the best one so far. In the first half we see things set up... in the second half we watch them unravel. Most of us assume that what our friends tell us is true. Our friends are honest... most of the time. But in this story, the prevarications fly faster and harder than any "slinky" Alex's friend, pitcher Randy Wilkins, ever threw in his short career with the Detroit Tigers. For me, Hamilton hit it out of the ballpark with this one.
Ferri - My name
A most entertaining tale.Hamilton is just so darn good.I like his Alex McKnight books and have found all of them a joy to read. This book Alex is helping his old teammate out. He hasn't see him in years but Alex never turns down a friend in need. No matter how many times it almost gets him killed. They are looking for a young woman from their past. How hard could that be?
The Hunting Wind was my introduction to Steve Hamilton and, wow, what a wonderful introduction! Here is a man who writes with humor, with assurance, and with plotting skills that are right up there with the best of the best; certainly a fine, convoluted, narrative Ross Macdonald would have been proud to have written. Alex McKnight is a weary, highly believable (and very human) former cop who once had a brief-lived baseball career. It is this former career that brings Randy Wilkins, the left-handed one-time pitcher, back into his life after thirty years. Randy is a charming chatterbox who, in many ways, is still the very young man who had a shot at the big time and blew it in the first inning of his one and only major league game. And it is Randy's desire to track down Maria, the love of his young life, that takes the two men on a journey so labyrinthine that much of the state of Michigan is traversed in pursuit of the woman. Along the way the two men encounter some of the most intriguing and eccentric characters ever to appear in print--most notably the exquisitely drawn Maria and the strangely touching Chief Rudiger.
Before writing this review I ordered Hamilton's two previous books, and I will certainly buy anything else he writes. Here is an author with enormous talent who deserves all the kudos and a wide audience.
in waiting
After a firm recommendation from a good friend, I sat down this summer with the "full stack" of Steve Hamilton's books.......I mean all of them!
I started them the end of June and now I am wondering what I am going to do to occupy myself until he writes some more?
I really enjoyed the Alex McKnight series (I live in Detroit & I love the U.P.!) and found that I just gobbled them up, one after another...
Even the other two mysteries that were not part of the McKnight series were good!
So now what am I going to do with my free time, Mr. Hamilton? It's only August!.............
Loved his third in the series even better than the second. I intend to slowly collect Hamtilton's books about McKnight!