"Strong McKnight mystery"
Though it is October and winter is establishing its frozen
grip on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight begins
rebuilding his devastated cabin. The ex everything (minor-
league catcher, cop, and private investigator, et al) feels
he must complete this job now as his humble abode, wrecked
by a nut case, once belonged to his dad. His stoic best
friend Vinnie "Red Sky" LeBlanc reluctantly helps though he
thinks Alex should add asylum time to his resume.
Work stops when Vinnie learns that his brother Tom, a
professional guide currently escorting a group in the
Canadian woods, is lost. This seems out of character for a
skilled expert like Tom, which worries Vinnie as much as
his concern that his sibling's parole officer might learn
about the parole violation of crossing the border. Vinnie
heads north while Alex follows his friend. Neither
realizes that the biting cold is not the nightmare on this
Edgar and Shamus Award winner, Steve Hamilton has written
his best mystery to date, which seems impossible, as the
McKnight series is one of the best of the last few years.
The story line twists and turns keeping the reader guessing
as to what the heroes will find behind the next corner yet
keeps a fast albeit cold pace without losing the prime
plot. In spite of the frozen tundra, Alex seems warmer yet
not mellower than he has previously appeared and the
support cast provides the depth to a grand slam tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2003