The Hunting Wind
An Alex McKnight Mystery
By Steve Hamilton
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312268947, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 2001
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New York Times Bestselling Author of Die a Stranger
Before he became a private investigator, before he served in the Detroit police, and long before he retreated to the wintry reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight played ball in the minor leagues. He doesn’t spend much time thinking about those days, at least not until a former teammate comes looking for him. . . .
The man’s here to ask a favor. He wants Alex to help him find the woman with whom he had a brief, passionate affair three decades ago. Who is Alex to deny his friend a chance to ward off a classic midlife chill by rekindling an old flame? But as the search deepens, McKnight begins to suspect that he hasn’t been told the full story. And there might just be a reason why this mysterious woman is so hard to find.
Steve Hamilton’s first Alex McKnight novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel, The Lock Artist, was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making him only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.
“Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels. . . . This is crime writing at its very best.”—George Pelecanos
“Hamilton spins such a smooth yarn, it’s a real shock when he suddenly pulls the wool over our eyes.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won’t be beaten down.”—The Miami Herald
“[Hamilton’s] compelling, vigorous prose doesn’t allow the option of taking a break.”—Los Angeles Times
“A proven master of suspense.”—Lee Child