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Let it Burn

Let it Burn

An Alex McKnight Novel

Alex McKnight Novels (Volume 10)

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 continues the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton.



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....


Praise for Let it Burn

“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

“This may be his best one so far.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Let It Burn may be Hamilton's best novel yet.” —Shelf Awareness

“McKnight's vision of now-devastated Detroit is tremendously compelling.” —Booklist

“Steve Hamilton has written another compelling addition to his continually outstanding Alex McKnight series with Let It Burn. As always, Hamilton's writing is realistically stylized with three-dimensional characters and atmospheric locales. You literally feel the heartbreak of present-day Detroit in comparison to its former glory days as the renowned Motor City. Let It Burn is thrilling crime drama at its very best.” —Fresh Fiction

“A great read, for all the right reasons.” —Criminal Element

“As good as it gets for an Alex McKnight mystery, and that's a high standard indeed!” —Book Loons

Let It Burn is a tense, well-constructed, and sometimes poignant tale that will make newcomers to Hamilton's series want to go back and read the previous entries.” —The Rap Sheet

“The Alex McKnight series is head and shoulders above most in the crime genre today and Hamilton writes with such an easy style it is impossible to not get instantly drawn into the drama. Let It Burn is a great and unforgettable read and one that does the Alex McKnight series proud.” —New Mystery Reader

“This is a police procedural of the highest order. The chapters in the first half of the book alternate between the present and the events which took place all those years ago at a pivotal, life-changing time for McKnight. The second half of the book follows him trying to go back over everything in the initial investigation to find out what he missed. Ultimately this already fast-paced tale takes a totally unexpected twist. And from that point on, I couldn't put the book down.” —Crimespree Magazine

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About the author

Steve Hamilton

STEVE HAMILTON's first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before becoming a USA Today bestseller and winning both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel The Lock Artist was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making him only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and 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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