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A COLD DAY IN PARADISE, Steve Hamilton
Alex McKnight owns a small group of cabins in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His cabins are rented by hunters, hiker and those passing through. A former Detroit police officer, he's escaped north after a nasty case that saw his partner killed by a lunatic. Alex's testimony helped to put the felon behind bars at Jackson State prison.
Reluctantly, he is persuaded to do a little detective work by an old friend. He's also helping to protect another friend from the demon hold of gambling. This situation is complicated by a brief affair between Alex and the gambler's wife.
Two bookmakers die.
These story lines along with the possibility that the felon, called Rose (and leaving hints for Alex that he's in Paradise), is coming after him make for a suspenseful story.
Especially good is the evocation of the UP in Michigan and the creation of a likable yet realistic series hero. He has his own demons, his own reason for hiding out in the middle of nowhere.
Hamilton won several awards for this, his first book. He's gone on to write more novels about McKnight and recently a standalone. Highly recommended. Especially for those from the midwest who will relate to the setting.