Let It Burn

An Alex McKnight Novel

Alex McKnight Novels (Volume 10)

Steve Hamilton

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, but a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he’d just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner’s death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest.

Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. A young man Alex helped put away—in the one big case that marked the high point of his career—will be getting out of prison. When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times’ sake, it’s an offer he would normally refuse. However, there’s a certain female FBI agent he can’t stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit.

While there, he’s reminded of something about that young man’s case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It’s not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can’t let go of the feeling that they arrested the wrong man. And that the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again.

Let it Burn
is the newest novel in the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
 
Summers die hard in Paradise.
The first time you live through it, and because this place still has the “MI” as part of the address, you might actually expect the summer to fade away slowly like it does below the bridge. Down there, on a crystal blue day in September, the sun shining hot and bright until it starts to go down, you might feel a slight note of coolness in the air, a note that makes you think of football and back-to-school and leaves turning and all those other bittersweet signs that the season is changing.

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Praise for Let It Burn

Praise for Steve Hamilton:

“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

"I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I'm ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan."

—JAMES PATTERSON

“Already one of our best writers.”

—LAURA LIPPMAN

"Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels.... This is crime writing at its very best.”

—GEORGE PELECANOS

“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

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

The Miami Herald

“Hamilton’s prose . . . remains an unself-consciously terse pleasure.”

Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Let It Burn:

“McKnight’s vision of now-devastated Detroit is tremendously compelling.”

Booklist

"This may be his best one so far." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"As the tense story unfolds, the action builds to a violent climax. This beautifully crafted novel lives up to the standard fans have come to expect from one of the few writers to have ever been honored with two Edgar Awards." —Associated Press


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About the Author

Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton’s debut, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before winning Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel The Lock Artist was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award, and went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

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Let It Burn
An Alex McKnight Novel
Steve Hamilton

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250000095
ISBN10: 1250000092
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$15.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312640224
ISBN10: 0312640226
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$25.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250034526
ISBN10: 1250034523
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$9.99
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