Review: Hamilton’s A Cold Day In Paradise

A Cold Day In Paradise

Steve Hamilton

An above average crime thriller, the first in Steve Hamilton’s series featuring down on his luck, broken detective Alex McKnight. I picked this up because I read somewhere that Hamilton’s an underrated crime writer – I guess that’s true. Certainly better than the Baldacci’s of the world, but the prose isn’t a clean as Child, and the plot and characters are a bit too formulaic, even for my formulaic taste. I knew who the killer was pretty early, and McKnight is very much of a type — former cop, injured on the job, now looking for quiet solitude, until the world of murder drags him back in.

Clichés or no, the plot moves and the writing was good enough that I stayed up till one in the morning finishing it, so maybe I should talk too much smack.

Suffice it to say Hamilton is now on my stuck in an airport without a book list (where he joins Child), but not on my read it as soon as it comes out list (ala Price).

If crime novels are your thing, you could do worse, but I’m not sure this is worth seeking out otherwise.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Comments (



  1. Review: Hamilton’s The Second Life of Nick Mason | Milo and the Calf

    […] is better than A Cold Day In Paradise. Mason is more complex than McKnight, and more interesting (if perhaps less believable). The […]

  2. 2016: My Year In Books | Milo and the Calf

    […] A Cold Day in Paradise, Steve Hamilton – Recommended for the Enthusiast […]

%d bloggers like this: