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Steve Hamilton - Author

About the Author

Born and raised in the Detroit area, Steve Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is a winner of the prestigious Edgar Award.

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Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2017

In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life, as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission... Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find themthey're ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified ';deep black' locations by an battalion of heavily armed U.S. marshals charged with protecting themand the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man. As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself. In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

Das zweite Leben des Nick Mason

Das zweite Leben des Nick Mason

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2017

Ein packender Gangsterthriller des vielfach ausgezeichneten US-Thrillerautors, der fesselnde Auftakt zur Serie mit Nick Mason, dem "e;Hitman wider Willen"e; - fur Fans von Lee Child, Harlan Coben und Dennis LehaneNick Mason war immer ein sauberer Gangster - soweit das in seinem Gewerbe mglich ist. Bis einer seiner Kumpels einen verdeckten Ermittler erschoss. Nick hielt sich an den Ehrenkodex, verriet seinen Komplizen nicht und ging in den Bau. Totschlag, Mindeststrafe: 25 Jahre. Im Gefngnis wird Darius Cole, der Pate von Chicago, auf ihn aufmerksam und macht ihm ein verlockendes Angebot: Nick soll Coles Mann fr besondere Aufgaben werden, sein Ausputzer - und dafr wird er ihn raushauen. Und so ist Nick nach fnf Jahren wieder drauen. Eigentlich knnte er jetzt sein Leben in Freiheit genieen. Wenn da nicht dieses Handy wre, das man ihm bei der Rckkehr nach Chicago berreicht hat. Wann wird es das erste Mal klingeln?"e;Umwerfend. Ein packender Nonstop-Thriller, fesselnd von der ersten Seite an."e; Don Winslow

Second Life of Nick Mason

Second Life of Nick Mason

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2016

An NPR and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearA Library Journal Best Thriller of the Year ';A gamechanger. Nick Mason is one of the best main characters I've read in years.'Harlan Coben From New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free. Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early. He acceptsbut the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double-life term who runs an empire from his prison cell. Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everythinghis family, his sanity, and even his lifeto finally break free.

Let It Burn

Let It Burn

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2014

The brilliant new thriller from the author of the EDGAR AWARD-winning THE LOCK ARTIST. Half a lifetime ago, Alex McKnight was a young cop in Detroit. Now he's an occasional private eye up in Paradise, Michigan, and trying hard to put the past behind him. Then he gets the call that every cop dreads: a killer he helped put behind bars is getting released, and he might just have payback on his mind. Suddenly the years fall away, and in his mind Alex is back in that hot summer in Detroit, hunting the brutal murderer of a young woman. The problem is, something about the case no longer makes sense, and Alex feels compelled to retrace the steps that led to the arrest and conviction of Darryl King. But it's not just the case that looks different: returning to Detroit, Alex finds a city that is almost unrecognizable from the one he left, a city that is quite literally dying on its feet, where crime and decay hold sway, and law and order are in retreat. And as Alex searches for the truth among the shadows of the past, he discovers a story more shocking than the one he thought he knew and a danger more threatening than an ex-con looking for revenge.

Let It Burn

Let It Burn

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

A brilliant thriller from the author of the Edgar Award-winning THE LOCK ARTIST. Half a lifetime ago, Alex McKnight was a young cop in Detroit. Now he's an occasional private eye up in Paradise, Michigan, and trying hard to put the past behind him. Then he gets the call that every cop dreads: a killer he helped put behind bars is getting released, and he might just have payback on his mind. Suddenly the years fall away, and in his mind Alex is back in that hot summer in Detroit, hunting the brutal murderer of a young woman. The problem is, something about the case no longer makes sense, and Alex feels compelled to retrace the steps that led to the arrest and conviction of Darryl King. But it's not just the case that looks different: returning to Detroit, Alex finds a city that is almost unrecognizable from the one he left, a city that is quite literally dying on its feet, where crime and decay hold sway, and law and order are in retreat. And as Alex searches for the truth among the shadows of the past, he discovers a story more shocking than the one he thought he knew and a danger more threatening than an ex-con looking for revenge.

Let It Burn

Let It Burn

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past hed just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partners death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest. So hes more than happy to stay in the little town of Paradise, three hundred miles and half a lifetime away.Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. It turns out that a young man Alex helped put away will be getting out of prison. That one big case marked the highlight of his career, before his partner was killed, before his marriage fell apart, before he left Detroit, forever. Now that man is about to walk free.When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times sake, its an offer he would normally refuse. However, theres a certain female FBI agent he cant stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and goes back to Detroit. While there, hes reminded of something about that last case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. Its not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex cant let go of this gut feeling that they arrested the wrong man.And that the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again.And again.And again.

Der Mann aus dem Safe

Der Mann aus dem Safe

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2012

Als sein Vater Amok lauft, versteckt sich der achtjahrige Michael in einem Safe, der fast zum todlichen Gefangnis wird. Nur durch ein Wunder kommt Michael mit dem Leben davon, seither ist er verstummt. Doch ein Talent bleibt ihm: Er ist ein Genie beim Knacken von Safes. Doch schon bald werden die falschen Leute auf seine Begabung aufmerksam ...

Misery Bay

Misery Bay

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2012

It's a beautiful place to die... The latest superb novel from EDGAR AWARD-winning author of THE LOCK ARTIST. In the dead of winter a young man is found hanging from a tree on a remote shore of Lake Superior known as Misery Bay. There's no evidence of foul play. Nothing to suggest it's anything other than a tragic teenage suicide. Devastated and unbelieving, the boy's father just has one question: why? Finding the answer is not a job ex-cop Alex McKnight relishes, but loss is something he understands only too well. When he starts to question the local cops about the suicide, Alex's instincts instantly tell him something is very, very wrong. And that he's unwittingly opening a door into a nightmare world of madness, murder and twisted revenge...

Die a Stranger

Die a Stranger

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2012

Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning. And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing. Vinnie is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex McKnights best friend. Hes come through for Alex more than once in the past, and he never ever misses a day of work. So Alex cant help but be worried. Theres a deadly crime war creeping into Michigans Upper Peninsula, leaving bodies in its wake, and Alex wouldnt think for a minute that his friend could be involved. But when an unexpected and unwelcome stranger arrives in town, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined. Two-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton returns with this outstanding new novel - perhaps his boldest book yet.

Beneath the Book Tower

Beneath the Book Tower

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2011

Before the tragic event that made him seek refuge in a remote corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight was a Detroit police officer. It's a warm summer night, and Alex is out riding the night shift with his partner Franklin. There's no shortage of trouble to be found on the dark streets of Motown. But on this particular night, Franklin has his own agenda. From Edgar Award-Winning Author Steve Hamilton, Beneath the Book Tower is the first ever short story featuring Alex McKnight, showing a different side of the man readers have come to love.

North of Nowhere

North of Nowhere

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2010

Lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of police chief Roy Mavens lead suspects. Worse, Vargass own sense of vigilante justice has targeted the former private eye as well, and the brash millionaire may be responsible for the sudden disappearance of Alexs best friend Jackie. Now, with officials pointed in the wrong direction and his closest allies either missing or in jail, Alex knows he is the only one who can uncover the truth. But McKnight cant possibly know how dark this conspiracy truly is or how close to guilt he actually standsAgreeable plot twists (the revelation of whodunit really is a surprise) and thoughtfully engages some larger questions about wilderness real estate developments and the limits of friendship. Washington Post

Hunting Wind

Hunting Wind

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2010

In an unprecedented literary feat, Steve Hamiltons debut novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, captured both the prestigious Edgar and Shamus awards. Now the bestselling author presents the third installment in his critically acclaimed mystery series: a complex, atmospheric tale that will plunge listeners back into icy, unpredictable Alex McKnight territory, where the private investigator finds himself doing a favor for an old friend but this favor could cost him his lifeIn the remote, wintry reaches of Michigans Upper Peninsula, its hard for a man to remember what springtime is like, let alone Spring Training. But when a former teammate tracks him down, erstwhile minor league player Alex McKnight is instantly transported back to the good old Toledo dugout, circa 1971. Unfortunately, Randy Wilkins didnt trek 3,000 miles to the bleak shores of Lake Superior to sit by the fire with a couple of imported beers, dissecting the past, inning by glorious inning. Hes here to pitch a proposal: that Alex help him find the woman with whom he had a brief, passionate affair three decades ago. Who is Alex to deny a fellow the chance to ward off classic midlife chill by rekindling an old flame? What he doesnt consider is that there might be a good reason the mysterious, missing Maria is more elusive than a starting position in the majors and that his trusted old pal might not have told him the whole score

Cold Day in Paradise

Cold Day in Paradise

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partners death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Roses unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight cant understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murdersnot to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. And it seems like itll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel the cold truth from a deadly deception in a town thats anything but paradise."e;Chilling as the November wind. A must for PI and suspense fans."e; Charles Todd, author of Wings of Fire"e;Hamilton combines clear, crisp writing, wily, colorful characters and an offbeat locale (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) in an impressive debut. This book won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Private Eye Novel of 1997."e; Publishers Weekly

Winter of the Wolf Moon

Winter of the Wolf Moon

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

Ex-cop and sometime-P.I. Alex McKnight endures the bitter winter of Michigans Upper Peninsula in his log cabin with warm fires and cold Molsons. When Dorothy Parrish, a young Ojibwa woman, asks him for shelter from her violent boyfriend, McKnight agrees. But after secreting her in one of his cabins, he finds her gone the next morning. McKnight suspects vicious, hockey-playing Lonnie Bruckman of abducting the woman, but his search for her brings on more suspects, bruising encounters and a thickening web of crime, all obscured by the relentless whiplash of brutal snow storms. From the secret world of the Ojibwa reservation to the Canadian border and deep into the silent woods, someone is out to kill and McKnight is driving right into the line of fireAn excellent mysteryThe kind of book you climb inside and, when youre forced to leave, you wish you could stay a little longer. Booklist

Lock Artist

Lock Artist

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2010

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether its a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. Its an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever closer to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone youve ever seen in the world of crime fiction.

Night Work

Night Work

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2009

A superb stand-alone thriller from Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton Joe Trumble is a probation officer with a tragedy in his past. Two years ago his fiancee Laurel was brutally killed three days before their wedding. No one has yet been caught. As the story opens, Joe is heading for a blind date with Marlene, a jewellery designer, his first encounter with a woman since Laurel's death. The evening is a success, but the next day Marlene is reported missing. Two days later her body is found. As the last person to see her alive, Joe is at the very least a material witness and, as the evidence mounts and another body is found, suspicion begins to centre on him.

Night Work

Night Work

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2007

Joe Trumbull is not a man who scares easily. As a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, New York, hes half cop, half social worker to the most high-risk youth in the city. And when hes not pounding the streets, trying to keep his kids out of jail, hes pounding a heavy bag in the gym to stay in shape. But tonight Joe Trumbull is scared to death. Its been two years since his fiance, Laurel, was brutally murdered. Two years of grief and loneliness. On this hot summer night, hes finally going out on a blind date, his first date since Laurels death. Hes not looking for love, just testing the waters to see if its possible to live a normal life again. The thought of it is turning his knees to jelly. Marlene Frost is a beautiful woman. Shes warm and funny, with a smile to match. After the first awkward minutes, Joe finally starts to think this isnt such a bad idea after all. In fact, maybe this blind date will turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to him. He couldnt be more wrong. Because somehow, for reasons Joe can barely understand, this one evening will mark the beginning of a new nightmare. A nightmare that will lead him to the faceless man in the shadows....

A Stolen Season

A Stolen Season

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2007

A superb new Alex McKnight thriller from this popular Edgar Award winner It's the most miserable summer anyone can remember in Paradise, Michigan. Alex and his occasional partner Leon are outside the local casino waiting to see the 4th July firework celebrations when they witness a spectacular boat crash. They drag four men from the wreck and revive them. When Alex's friend Vinnie is later beaten up by four strangers, it doesn't take Alex long to figure out who they might be. Vinnie suspects that these strangers have been preying on some of the local tribes people, pressuring them to make fraudulent claims for medicine, which the men then sell on at street value to drug addicts. When Alex and Vinnie begin to investigate, the men are forced into desperate action. One of them winds up dead, while the others are determined to prevent Alex and Vinnie from cutting off their drug supply. These dangerous newcomers receive a warm welcome from one quarter though - the criminal fraternity. At least Alex can be certain that his cop girlfriend, Natalie, is safe in Toronto, working on a long-term undercover operation against a group of gun-runners. But Alex doesn't realise the true nature of the op and its link to the drug-traffickers; nor is he aware that Natalie is perilously close to having her cover blown. Then she comes face-to-face with three men who could be used to redefine the word vicious...

North of Nowhere

North of Nowhere

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2007

Lying face down on the floor with a gun to the back of his head is where Alex McKnight finds himself after a game of cards turns into a professional heist at the home of local developer Win Vargas. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of Police Chief Roy Maven's lead suspects. Worse, Vargas' own sense of vigilante justice has targeted the former private eye as well, and the brash millionaire may be responsible for the sudden disappearance of Alex's best friend, Jackie. Now, with officials pointed in the wrong direction and his closest allies either missing or in jail, Alex knows he is the only one who can uncover the truth. But McKnight can't possibly know how dark this conspiracy truly is-or how close to guilt he actually stands.

Stolen Season

Stolen Season

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2006

On a cold, miserable night in Michigans Upper Peninsula, a night that wouldnt feel so unusual if it wasnt the Fourth of July, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When theyre all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures hell never see them again. He couldnt be more wrong. Its not enough that Natalie Reynaud, the woman who has become the center of his life, is five hundred miles away, working a dangerous undercover operation in Toronto. Now Alex has even more problems when the men from the boat get tangled up with his best friend, Vinnie. Its all Alex can do to keep Vinnie from killing them or being killed by them. With Vinnie in danger on one side of the border, and Natalie in just as much danger on the other, what comes next will be the absolute darkest hour of Alexs life, beyond anything hes ever faced before.

Ice Run

Ice Run

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2005

A superb new Alex McKnight novel from Edgar award-winning author Steve Hamilton. It is February in Paradise, Michigan, and for the first time since moving there, Alex is taking a hard look at his life. This is what happens when a middle-aged solitary guy falls in love. The woman is Natalie Reynaud, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police whose partner has recently been killed. As far as the OPP are concerned, Natalie is responsible for her partner's death. She needs a break - from the past as well as the present. Alex and Natalie spend a romantic weekend together, but just as everything seems to be going so well, they are disturbed by someone who knows all about Natalie, and about a dark episode buried in her family's past which still drives men to violence. As much as Natalie doesn't want Alex to get involved, there's no way he can let her face this danger alone. After all, he's been beaten up and shot at, all to help a friend in need. How much further would he go for the woman he loves?

The Hunting Wind

The Hunting Wind

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

'The calendar said April, but April in Paradise is still cold enough to hurt you ' - a terrific Alex McKnight novel from award-winning Steve Hamilton. Alex McKnight is sipping his beer in the Glasgow Inn when Randy Wilkins, a friend from his days in Detroit, turns up out of the blue. Finally he gets to the point. Randy's in love with a girl called Maria and wants to find her. The only problem being that he last saw her thirty years ago. It's a test of friendship to say the least and, at first, Alex can't think of anything worse. But loyalty gets the better of him and together Alex and Randy go back to Detroit where, as a police officer, Alex got shot. The bullet is still lodged in his chest. Their search for Maria leads them back to the past - a strange country which is unsavoury for Randy and painful for Alex as they hunt for Randy's lost love and Alex's lost life.

Winter Of The Wolf Moon

Winter Of The Wolf Moon

Author: Steve Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2002

A breathtakingly chilling novel of suspense from the author of A COLD DAY IN PARADISE It's winter in Paradise, a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the frozen borders of Canada. After ploughing the new snow from his drive every morning, Alex McKnight is content to stay warm in front of the fireplace at the Glasgow Inn with a bottle of his favourite Canadian beer. Once a catcher in the minor leagues, later a Detroit police officer, Alex gave the private eye business a try and it ended up being the 'second worst' mistake of his life. So when a young native American woman of the Ojibwa tribe comes to him for help, Alex is reluctant to become involved. Nor does he want anything to do with goofy Leon Prudell, who wants to get back in the PI business and has fixed on Alex as his partner. But before you can say 'storm warning', events have spun out of Alex's control. Soon he'll have to deal with an entire team of drug-crazed hockey goons, two mysterious men wearing guns and hunting caps, and a cold-blooded killer from the other side of the world. Perhaps Alex needs that new partner after all...

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