Let It Burn

An Alex McKnight Novel

Alex McKnight Novels

Steve Hamilton

Minotaur Books

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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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. Something so subtle you might


Praise for Let It Burn

Praise for Steve Hamilton:

“A proven master of suspense.”


“I’m often asked to recommend a detective series readers might have missed. This is it.”


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


“Already one of our best writers.”


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


“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.”


"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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  • 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.

  • Steve Hamilton
    Steve Hamilton


Available Formats and Book Details

Let It Burn

An Alex McKnight Novel

Alex McKnight Novels

Steve Hamilton



Minotaur Books