Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose’s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight can’t understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders - not to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. And it seems like it’ll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel the cold truth from a deadly deception in a town that’s anything but paradise.
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The protagonist in this book has virtually no redeeming qualities. He is not brave or smart and is constantly whining. He is constantly flying off the handle with little provocation and has more hang-ups than a telemarketer. When stalked by a homicidal maniac, he leaves his gun and flashlight laying around where he can't find them. He is so pathetic it is hard to root for him and difficult to understand why any of the supporting characters care about him at all.The author seems to be in love with himself and drags the predicable plot to the pace of a funeral procession by going off on descriptive prose tangents that appear to have no other purpose but to insert projects from his last writers clinic.There was one funny part when the protagonist's now deceased partner described how boring baseball is. Maybe that was a metaphor for the book itself but one laugh does not a book make.
Nothing by Steve Hamilton.
Good character separation.
- Arizona Eagle
A modern Agatha Christie thriller