Misery Bay

An Alex McKnight Novel

Alex McKnight Novels (Volume 8)

Steve Hamilton

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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On a frozen January night, a young man hangs himself 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 two months later, when the last person Alex would ever expect comes to him for 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 and methodical killer. McKnight knows all about evil. 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 New York Times bestseller, Michigan Notable Book, and Boston Globe Best Crime Book of the Year, Misery Bay marks the return of one of crime fiction's most critically acclaimed series.

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CHAPTER ONE
 

It is the third night of January, two hours past midnight, and everyone is in bed except this man. He is young and there’s no earthly reason for him to be here on this shoreline piled with snow with a freezing wind coming in off of Lake Superior, the air so cold here in this lonely place, cold enough to burn a man’s skin until he becomes numb and can no longer feel anything at all.But he is here in this abandoned dead end near the water’s edge, twenty-six miles from his home near the college. Twenty-six miles from his warm bed.

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Praise for Misery Bay

Praise for Misery Bay:

"I'm often asked to recommend a detective series readers might have missed. This is it." --Harlan Coben

"Misery Bay showcases Hamilton's dark vision and his talents as a sturdy plotter. ... Hamilton's view of the harsh, bleak landscape of winter in Michigan's Upper Peninsula will have readers grabbing their coats and gloves as the frigid air seems to seep through the pages. Misery Bay is like a visit with an old friend with whom you can't wait to catch up."--Sun-Sentinal

"A triumphant return for McKnight. Misery Bay is as good as the previous ones in this critically acclaimed series. The plot is as suspenseful as they come, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns."--The Associated Press

"Superb.... Assured prose, a thrilling plot, and a surprising, satisfying conclusion make this a winner."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Hamilton's prose is straight and clean, as devoid of pretense as the author's name — Steve, just Steve, with no accompanying initials. The book's complexity comes in Hamilton's gift for layers and the slow reveal."--Seattle Times

"The best mystery novel I’ve read in a while."--John J. Miller, The National Review

"This new entry in Hamilton's Alex McKnight series is one of his best. ... You'll not put this down willingly, and when you do, you'll still be thinking about it."--Romantic Times

"Outstanding."--Yahoo! Shine

"A solid, character- and conflict-driven procedural with one of his twistier plots."--The Boston Globe"

Hamilton is as good as anyone out there when it comes to fast-paced dark mysteries."--City Pulse

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

"I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I'm ready to re-visit Paradise, Michigan."--James Patterson on North of Nowhere


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MISERY BAY by Steve HamiltonKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MISERY BAY . After six years of hiatus, Hamilton returns ex-cop Alex McKnight to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, land that he loves, and sets him against a psychopathic killer who thinks he's Alfred Hitchcock.
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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 Book, received an Alex Award by the American Library Association, and 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 he lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

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Misery Bay
An Alex McKnight Novel
Steve Hamilton

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250008527
ISBN10: 1250008522
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$14.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312380434
ISBN10: 0312380437
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429921053
ISBN10: 1429921056
320 pages
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