North of Nowhere: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Mysteries)

4.02 avg rating
( 2,895 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780312268978: North of Nowhere: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Mysteries)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Summer has finally arrived in Paradise, Michigan, but Alex McKnight doesn't seem to notice the change in the weather. He's been retreating into own his private world the past few months and now he barely leaves his cabin except to go have his meals in the nearby Glasgow Inn. The Inn's proprietor, Jackie, is more and more concerned with Alex's state, and the last straw comes as he watches Alex morosely counting up his "failures" on the eve of his 49th birthday-- his marriage, his baseball career, his stint in the Detroit police. He offers his friend an ultimatum: "Either I take you to the airport and put your ass on a plane to Moosehide or you play poker with me tonight."

The other poker players are men Alex hardly knows, in a posh house near the water. In the middle of the game, masked robbers invade the premises, hold the players at gunpoint and proceed to rob the homeowner. Alex is roused to action and so is his former detective partner, Leon Prudell. Working first against one another and later together, they discover that the crime is far more complex than a simple robbery. There is murder and greed and revenge involved, and a wild chase on the waters of Lake Superior before Alex is forced to realize that there is no retreat from life. And that maybe this is a good thing.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

That Steve Hamilton has won a following by writing private-eye novels about a guy who has no interest in being a PI is testament both to his storytelling talents and readers' hunger for fresh approaches to this genre. North of Nowhere finds ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight celebrating his 49th birthday by retreating to his cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he laments his personal and career failures. Eventually, though, McKnight is coaxed out with the prospect of a poker game, hosted by wealthy contractor Winston Vargas, only to have the game interrupted by armed men in masks, who empty Vargas's safe and leave clues suggesting that Alex and his fellow players engineered the heist.

Now, McKnight really has reason to feel sorry for himself. But instead, he goes after the gunmen, along the way swapping sucker punches with Vargas, shaking down his former detective partner (who videotaped the thieves' escape), and discovering that even his friends harbor secrets that could get them all killed.

This fourth McKnight outing (after 2001's The Hunting Wind) is a fine showcase for Hamilton's lithesome prose. The pace is brisk, the episodes often humorous, and the tale brims with an infectious reverence for its natural setting ("God help me, on a summer night when the sun is going down, it is the most beautiful place on earth"). If Hammett moved the detective story from the drawing room into the mean streets, Hamilton has proved that the north woods have their own potential for homicidal intrigue. --J. Kingston Pierce

From the Back Cover:

"Steve Hamilton writes the kind of stories that [one] can't resist."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
Steve Hamilton's debut novel "A Cold Day In Paradise" was the first novel to capture mystery's three most prestigious awards-the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Anthony awards for best first novel. Now "North of Nowhere" returns to the beautiful and dangerous landscapes of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where former Detroit cop Alex McKnight's attempts to leave civilization behind only lead to disaster...
Lying facedown 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...

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781250029249: North of Nowhere: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1250029244 ISBN 13:  9781250029249
Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2013
Softcover

9780312983819: North of Nowhere: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels)

Minota..., 2003
Softcover

9780752852744: North of nowhere

Orion, 2002
Hardcover

9780752849485: North of Nowhere (Alex McKnight)

Orion ..., 2003
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hamilton, Steve
Published by Thomas Dunne Books, New Yorl (2002)
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lyon's Den Mystery Books & More
(Rock Hill, SC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Thomas Dunne Books, New Yorl, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. First Edition; First Printing. The author's 4th mystery featuring Alex McKnight. Text block is tight with no loose pages and no markings or underlinings. Dust jacket shows no wear or tears. Dust jacket protected in clear mylar wrapper; bubble wrapped, boxed, and shipped with USPS Tracking (USA only). Signed on title page. Seller Inventory # 002185

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Hamilton, Steve
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York (2002)
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Sly Fox
(Virden, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. Nice, unsold, unread first edition, first printing of this Alex McNight mystery set in Michigan's Upper Penisula, author's 4th. Seller Inventory # 001933

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Steve Hamilton
Published by Minotaur Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Minotaur Books, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312268971

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Steve Hamilton
Published by Minotaur Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Minotaur Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312268971

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Hamilton, Steve
Published by Minotaur Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Minotaur Books, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110312268971

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 52.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Steve Hamilton
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0312268971

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 78.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Steve Hamilton
Published by Minotaur Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0312268971 ISBN 13: 9780312268978
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Minotaur Books, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st - may be Reissue. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0312268971n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 105.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds