The New York Times Bestseller
One of The Boston Globe's Best Mysteries of 2011
ALEX MCKNIGHT IS BACK in the long-awaited return of one of crime fiction's most critically acclaimed series.
On a frozen January night, a young man loops one end of a long rope over the branch of a tree. The other end he ties around his neck. A snowmobiler will find him thirty-six hours later, his lifeless eyes staring out at the endless cold water of Lake Superior. It happens in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay.
Alex McKnight does not know this young man, and he won’t even hear about the suicide until another cold night, two months later and 250 miles away, when the door to the Glasgow Inn opens and the last person Alex would ever expect to see comes walking in to ask for his help.
What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence and bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless killer. McKnight knows all about evil, of course, having faced down a madman who killed his partner and left a bullet next to his heart. Mobsters, drug dealers, hit men—he’s seen them all, and they’ve taken away almost everything he’s ever loved. But none of them could have ever prepared him for the darkness he’s about to face.
A Boston Globe Best Crime Book of the Year
A Michigan Notable Book
Praise for Misery Bay:
"A definite winner. ... Hamilton delivers with his latest, giving readers the adrenaline rush they need after a five-year wait."--Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A sheer pleasure to read."--Spinetingler Magazine
Praise for Steve Hamilton:
“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 writes tough, passionate novels.... This is crime writing at its very best.” —George Pelecanos
“Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won’t be beaten down.” —The Miami Herald
“Already one of our best writers.” —Laura Lippman
“Hamilton’s prose moves us smoothly along and his characters are marvelously real.” —Publishers Weekly
“Hamilton’s prose...remains an unself-consciously terse pleasure.” —Entertainment Weekly
“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 never misses a beat.” —Rocky Mountain News