A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight #1) (Paperback)

By Steve Hamilton

Minotaur Books, 9781250012685, 277pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2012



When first published, A Cold Day in Paradise won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other book before it....

Other than the bullet lodged near his heart, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, the man convicted of the crimes has been locked away for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cabin in the woods, a murderer with the same unmistakable trademarks appears to be back. McKnight can't understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders. And it seems like it'll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel truth from deception in a town that's anything but Paradise.

About the Author

Steve Hamilton is the author of the Alex McKnight series as well as Night Work and The Lock Artist, which was named a New York Times Notable 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 he lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

Praise For A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight #1)


“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

“This is crime writing at its very best.”—George Pelecanos

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

“Already one of our best writers.”

—Laura Lippman

“Hamilton’s prose moves us smoothly along and his characters are marvelously real.”
Publishers Weekly

“Hamilton’s prose . . . remains an unself-consciously terse pleasure.” —Entertainment Weekly“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 never misses a beat.” —Rocky Mountain News

“I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I’m ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan.”

—James Patterson

“A proven master of suspense.”

—Lee Child

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