Let It Burn (Alex McKnight #10) (Paperback)

By Steve Hamilton

Minotaur Books, 9781250000095, 276pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, but 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.

Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. A young man Alex helped put away--in the one big case that marked the high point of his career--will be getting out of prison. When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times' sake, it's an offer he would normally refuse. However, there's a certain female FBI agent he can't stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit.

While there, he's reminded of something about that young man's case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It's not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can't let go of the feeling that they arrested the wrong man. And that the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again.

Let it Burn continues the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton.

About the Author

Steve Hamilton's debut, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before winning Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel. His stand-alone 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, and now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

Praise For Let It Burn (Alex McKnight #10)

Praise for Steve Hamilton:

“A proven master of suspense.”


“I’m often asked to recommend a detective series readers might have missed. This is it.”


"I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I'm ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan."


“Already one of our best writers.”


"Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels.... This is crime writing at its very best.”


“Hamilton’s compelling, vigorous prose doesn’t allow the option of taking a break.”

Los Angeles Times

“Steve Hamilton writes the kind of stories that manly men and tough-minded women can’t resist.”

 —The New York Times

“Hamilton . . . paints a rich and vivid portrait of a world where the chill in the air is often matched by that of the soul.”

 —The Providence Journal

“Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won’t be beaten down.”

The Miami Herald

“Hamilton’s prose . . . remains an unself-consciously terse pleasure.”

Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Let It Burn:

“McKnight’s vision of now-devastated Detroit is tremendously compelling.”


"This may be his best one so far." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"As the tense story unfolds, the action builds to a violent climax. This beautifully crafted novel lives up to the standard fans have come to expect from one of the few writers to have ever been honored with two Edgar Awards." —Associated Press