A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In Goodreads, 5 stars = "It was amazing." What I find most amazing about this first novel was how deceptive it is. Of course the plot is deceptive - it's a mystery. The writing is even more deceptive, flowing and seemingly simple, yet powerfully pulling this reader into the mind and emotions of first-person narrator (and hero) Alex McKnight. "Less is more." It was the advice of two nephews, one a firefighter, the other a firefighter/paramedic, that led me to his book. Both of them have been reading every Steve Hamilton book they can get their hands on. Well, guess what? As soon as I closed this first entry in the series I did a search of the C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing System) database to find the nearest copy of #2 in the series, Winter of the Wolf Moon. I drove to pick it up and started reading as soon as I got home. I recommend this for anyone looking for an exciting page-turner that will not insult your intelligence. Harry The Librarian.
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