Alex McKnight, the burned-out former cop turned PI of Steve Hamilton's Edgar Award-winning first novel, Hardcover edition.
DANDY RANDY AND ALEX MCKNIGHT, August 1, 2003 Reviewer: Michael Butts from Martinsburg, WV USA This latest entry in the well-written Alex McKnight series finds Alex faced with an old friend he hasn't seen in almost thirty years. They were on a minor league baseball team together and for one year, they were the best of buddies. Now, this buddy, Randy has come to Paradise to ask Alex to help him find a woman named Maria whom he hasn't seen since their brief one-week affair. The novel starts out in a rather humorous tone; a scene with an elderly couple who used to live near the mysterious Maria, have a hilarious confrontation with our heroes. One begins to wonder just where the novel is going with this seemingly absurd quest. Never fear, once we find Maria, all hell breaks loose, and McKnight finds himself fighting for his life as usual. Hamilton has once again achieved the brilliant atmosphere of the Michigan peninsula, and also demonstrates how sometimes the people we think we know are nothing like they seem. This is a taut, quite original novel and one of McKnight's best cases. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.