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    Steve Hamilton(Author)

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Set amidst the lakes and woods of Northern Michigan, MISERY BAY is an icily gripping thriller of murder, madness and revenge.

A teenage boy is found hanging from a tree on a remote shore of Lake Superior in the dead of winter. There's no evidence of foul play. But then something about the scene by the freezing lake starts nagging at Alex McKnight's cop-brain, and when the cop who caught the case mentions in passing another tragic teenage suicide - again involving the son of a cop - Alex finds that he's become involved in a full-blown mystery. As what seems like a tragic suicide turns out to be the first of a bizarre series of killings, as a dark family history is gradually uncovered and the hunt for a very unusual killer begins...

Steve Hamilton has crafted a thriller with a strong sense of location, solid characters and the kind of logical structure that keeps you turning the pages. (Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES)"The novel's assured pacing and odd-couple double act would be enough by themselves to make this a first-rate thriller, but Misery Bay's biggest asset is Hamilton's portrayal of the Great Lakes region and its prickly, stoical inhabitants, which gives it the feel of a Scandinavian crime novel." (John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES)

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Steve Hamilton(Author)
  • Orion (19 Jan. 2012)
  • English
  • 2
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Ian Payn on 19 February 2012

    Misery Bay was my first encounter with Steve Hamilton's series about ex-cop Alex McKnight. Set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, what can indisputably be said is that a sense of place is very quickly and firmly established. Despite this being (I think) the eleventh in a seies, Hamilton doesn't take shortcuts to appease old readers and alienate the new. We are always conscious of where we are. The plot is straightforward - McKnight's old non-buddy asks him for help in investigating the suicide of the son of a US Marshall. Reluctantly assisting, McKnight and the non-buddy soon realise there's a lot more going on than it at first seems, as murder follows murder. The FBI get involved and (here's my only real cavil) some predictable antagonism brews up between our heroes and the Feds. I suppose this schism helps the plot along a bit - how could our hero make all the discoveries himself if he was chumming up to the G-Men? - but it's a bit prosaic.But that's all I can offer by way of criticism: From very early on, I was there, not in my warm suburban sitting room, but standing on Misery Bay, watching my breath chill on the cold Michigan air. Good stuff.

  • By Plucked Highbrow on 13 April 2013

    I don't normally start in the middle of a series of books but this had good end of year reviews and I got it cheap. The premise is that a young man has committed suicide in the middle of winter at a place called Misery Bay, miles from anywhere and deep in snow. His father can't cope with not knowing why and so enlists the help of his friend in the local police who then calls in Alex McKnight, a PI with a history. The father is then killed and so begins a pattern of 'suicides' of the children of a number of policemen followed by their murders. McKnight looks for the link.So far, so routine. In fact this is a routine and predictable story, I had worked out the identity of the killer by about halfway but needed the ends tying up. It's a perfectly enjoyable book, easy to read and exciting enough to grip but is not going to change the world.The one thing that lifts this book above the ordinary is the sense of place. The Great Lakes area is unfamiliar and the writing about the people of this area and the way they cope with the harsh weather is excellent.

  • By dixie dean on 19 April 2012

    Steve Hamilton is in my top 3 thriller writers along with Lee Child and Michael Connelly. His Alex McKnight series is absolutely brilliant and best read in order if you can. This latest thriller is as good if not better than any of them - not like some authors e.g Grisham whose work has deteriorated the more he writes. The scene setting is fantastic and transports you to another world of snow and freezing temperatures. You feel like you are actually there or certainly would like to experience that part of the frozen world. The characters are very well portrayed and realistic and the plot great in its detail. His endings are comprehensive and dont leave you in the dark at all - not always happy but then neither is real life. This is not a book you can put down or not for long anyway. Only problem is you therefore,finish the book too quickly and now have to wait for him to write his next one. That cannot come soon enough.


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