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Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, but a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he'd just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner's death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest.Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. A young man Alex helped put away—in the one big case that marked the high pointAlex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, but a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he'd just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner's death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest.Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. A young man Alex helped put away—in the one big case that marked the high point of his career—will be getting out of prison. When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times' sake, it's an offer he would normally refuse. However, there's a certain female FBI agent he can't stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit.While there, he's reminded of something about that young man's case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It's not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can't let go of the feeling that they arrested the wrong man. And that the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again.Let it Burn continues the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton....

Title : Let it Burn
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ISBN : 9780312640224
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Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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Let it Burn Reviews

  • Larry H
    2018-09-21 10:50

    I'd rate this 4.5 stars.Steve Hamilton may be one of the best crime/thriller writers out there right now. He's written 10 terrific books featuring dogged Michigan private investigator Alex McKnight, which take place in the Upper Peninsula town of Paradise (the first book in this series won an Edgar Award) and two equally fantastic stand-alone novels, the most recent of which, The Lock Artist, also won an Edgar.Alex McKnight used to be a police officer in Detroit. After he was seriously wounded in an incident in which his partner was killed, he retired from the force and moved up to Paradise, where he rents out several cabins to tourists and finds himself (often reluctantly) in the private investigator game. One day he gets a phone call from his former commanding officer in Detroit, telling him that a man he had helped put in prison was being released after a number of years. It was a case Alex hadn't thought about in many years, because it happened just before he was wounded.The phone call brings him back to Detroit, and the decline of the city really hits home for him. Having a drink with his former sergeant, he starts thinking about the case that could have launched his career if he hadn't been wounded. The more he thinks about it, the more he realizes he has questions about what transpired. These are questions nobody wants to hear, and Alex isn't sure he wants to know the answers, but he starts to wonder whether the right man was sent to prison all those years ago. And when other similar murders are uncovered, Alex is determined to try and help solve the mystery—and understand what happened in the first place.Whenever I read a book in Hamilton's McKnight series, I feel as if I get to spend time with old friends. Alex is rarely sunny, but he's enigmatic, fiercely loyal, and so complex that I love getting to know him more and more with each novel. And after 10 books, his friends in Paradise are all too familiar to me—I know their quirks, what drives and bothers them, and I almost could see them in my mind's eye.Let It Burn featured Alex in an even more angsty mood than usual, but it doesn't make him any less appealing. I thought this was another tremendously well-written and captivating book in this series, and once again, I marveled at Hamilton's knack for character development, introspection, and terrific action.The only thing that was missing from this book, by and large, was Paradise, as the story mostly took place in Detroit. And barely any Paradise meant barely any Jackie or Vinnie, although Alex's former partner and constant guide, Leon, did make a few appearances. If the Paradise connection is what you like most about Hamilton's books, you'll be disappointed; I enjoyed getting to see this other dimension in Alex's life and coming to understand the events that have made Alex Alex.If you're a fan of crime novels, pick up any one of Hamilton's books. I'm fairly certain that once you do, like me, you'll become hooked, and you'll find that you devour his latest novel so quickly you'll be sorry you'll have to wait for the next one.

  • Marleen
    2018-10-06 08:59

    This is my first Steve Hamilton read, and I’m glad I picked it out in Audio-book. The narrator Dan John Miller is fantastic! To begin with, he has an appealing and warm voice, without being too sexy, and he does everything right to bring the story to life. His performance is consistent and authentic; he is able to develop multiple convincing character voices using appropriate inflection. He’s just brilliant and I want to hear more audio-books narrated by him.Now back to the story and the writer. This series features Alex McKnight, a retired cop, who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he rents out cabins. Alex still has a PI license and when, like here, the mood strikes him he digs into a case to see it resolved.So when Alex gets a call from his old sergeant, it turns out that a young man Alex helped put away some ten years ago will be getting out of prison. That one big case marked the highlight of his career, before his partner was killed, before his marriage fell apart, before he left Detroit, forever. Now that man is about to walk free and Alex can’t stop thinking about it , so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit. While there, he’s reminded of something about that last case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It’s not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can’t let go of this gut feeling that they arrested the wrong man.And that the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again.For me there were a few things that I absolutely liked; Alex is a man with integrity. Alex is a man that doesn't jump to conclusion (but sometimes should). And Alex is a good man, loyal to his friends and loyal to people who deserve his help. The author does a wonderful job rendering homage to the city of Detroit. It’s clear Steve Hamilton knows what he’s writing about.

  • Ray Palen
    2018-10-09 16:01

    When Private Investigator and former Detroit P.D. Officer Alex McKnight visits the city he used to call home --- Detroit, MI --- he is horrified at how run-down and barren parts of the area are. It’s as if people stopped caring…like they just looked at it as the flames approached and decided to ‘let it burn’.These thoughts race through Alex’s head as he is forced to return to his old stomping ground and open up some old wounds in the process. LET IT BURN is the title of the latest in the popular Alex McKnight series and astute readers will recognize it as a metaphor for much of what takes place within the pages of this taut thriller.Even though he is long removed from the force and living several hours north of Detroit in the town of Paradise there are some things in his past that cannot be put to rest. The last bust he made prior to the event that ended his police career (and put a bullet lodged near his heart at the same time his partner was gunned down) involved Alex chasing a young black man along the railroad tracks who then tosses an item away.Alex chases after the man but cannot catch him. What he finds as he returns to the train station is the badly mutilated corpse of a young woman --- knifed over a dozen times. A task force helps to scan the area for the item the alleged perp tossed and it ends up being a piece of jewelry taken from the dead woman. When the young man, Darryl King, is eventually caught he is grilled by a Detective with a desire to use a high profile case to further his own career. King confesses to the murder and is put away for the crime.Now in the present, Alex receives a phone call from an old sergeant notifying him that Darryl King is being released from prison. It’s just a courtesy call --- but Alex takes it seriously. Could Darryl have been waiting all this time in prison to get his revenge at the men who put him away? Is Alex in danger? Rather than feeling threatened, Alex goes through a range of other emotions with the most important one being guilt. It seems Alex never felt right about the confession and has always had doubts that Darryl King was responsible for the murder he ‘confessed’ to.To make matters worse, the FBI has been on the hunt for a multi-state serial killer. This would not interest Alex except for the fact that the killer has targeted only women and killed them all in the same manner as the woman Darryl King was indicted for. More importantly, Darryl King was in prison for all of these killings. Alex realizes he has to return to Detroit and face his past in the form of old police cronies as well as the mother of Darryl King. He also wants to be there to face off with Darryl himself when he returns home. Unfortunately, things do not always work out the way we imagine they will and Alex will soon find himself in the middle of an intense trip down memory lane and directly in the sights of a deadly killer with a vendetta.Every time a new Steve Hamilton novel comes up it immediately goes to the top of my reading list. The Alex McKnight series is head and shoulders above most in the crime genre today and Hamilton writes with such an easy style it is impossible to not get instantly drawn into the drama. LET IT BURN is a great and unforgettable read and one that does the Alex McKnight series proud.Reviewed by Ray Palen for New Mystery Reader

  • Robert
    2018-09-26 10:51

    I've loved the Alex McKnight series from book one and I know the author (who is a great guy), and I must say that the last installment (Die a Stranger) was my least favorite and I worried that the franchise was dead. Steve proved me wrong. This book might just be the best in the series. I hear there is another in the works and I can't wait.

  • Robert Bacal
    2018-10-15 08:53

    I've always loved the books in this series, and liked this one too. The Alex McKnight character appeals to me because there's a touch of the dark side to him, and I' also appreciate the rural setting (the shores of Lake Superior wilderness), and the mention of Canada.I like this book. It's got some nice twists and turns, but I found it a bit different than most of the earlier books. First the Alex in this book has lost his darker side, but gained a better sense of humor, and I found that a bit jolting, as I do when book characters change their personalities.The book itself is set in Detroit, primarily, so it doesn't have the same charm as the more rural previous settings. Using flashbacks interspersed with the present Hamilton interweaves present and past to provide a context for the mystery to be solved, a murder of course.While McKnight seems to have lost HIS dark side, the profile of Detroit is bleak, very dark indeed, with a slight tinge of hope. So perhaps the change in Alex's character was to balance off the bleakness of a city dying off.A good read. Different than his earlier books. If not for the jolting aspect of the character change, I'd have rated it a five.

  • judy
    2018-10-10 08:08

    A bad year for me. Once again I have to mark one of my favorite authors lower than I normally would. I can blame some of it on having the story centered in Detroit instead of the UP. I'm not much for resurrecting incidents from the past either. The ultimate disappointment, however, was feeling that my credulity was being stretched way too far. I do commend Mr.Hamilton for taking the time to let non-Michiganders know what a tragedy we face in Detroit and how deeply we feel about this once great and unique city.

  • Vince Panone
    2018-10-07 11:44

    As a long time fan of Steve Hamilton, and his Alex McKnight series I have admired the skill Hamilton brings to creating a vivid sense of place to his novels. He painted such a vivid picture of life on the shores of Lake Superior, that my family had to take a road trip to Paradise Michigan, to see it for ourselves.In this outing, Alex spends most of his time very far away from Paradise (both literally and figuratively). The action this time takes place in present day Detroit, along with flash backs to Alex's final days as a cop in the rapidly declining Detroit of the mid 80's Like Steve Hamilton, I am a native born Detroit resident, unlike Steve I have yet to make my escape (unless you consider an inner suburb escaping). As Alex makes the rounds of his old stomping grounds, exploring the burnt out husk of a once great city, a city beset by one bad choice, after another resulting in a decline that today seems unable to be stopped.One summer day Alex gets a call from his old desk sergeant informing that the man imprisoned for a murder that was the biggest case of his career is getting released. Alex decides to use an invitation to share a drink as an excuse to make a road trip to Detroit. Being back home brings back all the memories of those final few weeks as a police officer. Alex starts to think that he missed something all those years ago, and that in spite of a confession, an innocent man may have spent decades in prison.In the flashback scenes while searching for the suspected killer, Alex’s marriage is crumbling, and we find out the details of the shooting which left Alex with a dead partner, and a disability retirement from the police force. As present day Alex looks back at the evidence, his gut is telling he missed something. Determined to get answers, Alex just can’t stay away from investigating.The more he finds out it becomes apparent that someone other than Darryl King is responsible for the murder. There is a terrific relationship which develops between Alex and the mother of the wrongly convicted man. We find out along the way, that much like the city of Detroit is felled by a series of bad decisions, some done with the best of intentions, so too is the investigation of Elana Page’s murder beset with errors in judgement by both law enforcement and suspects.  As with most Steve Hamilton novels, I wish it didn’t read so fast. I did miss the usual haunts up north, but my hometown filled in admirably. If there is one small criticism I could share,it is that some of the ancillary appearing could have been more fleshed out. Might have made the final twist a little more satisfying. But I am nitpicking. Very few authors flesh out their stories so well that I find myself cruising the internet for more information about Lake Superior, or even abandoned train stations in my hometown. My only real disappointment was that I was not able to find the “Glasgow Inn” on our road trip to Paradise. Maybe next time I can invite Steve Hamilton to meet me there for a drink.

  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    2018-09-30 15:49

    This is the tenth book in Steve Hamilton's fine series about ex-police officer Alex McKnight, but it's actually as good a place to start as any because it explores Alex's back history and therefore knowledge of the usual characters is largely unnecessary. If you are new to the series, all you really need to know is that Alex left the Detroit police force many years ago after a being shot on the job. He retired to Paradise, a small town on Lake Superior in Northern Michigan where he has occasionally worked as a private investigator and supplements his pension by hiring out a set of cabins. Alex gets a call from his former Sergeant (also now retired) to let him know that Darryl King is about to be released from prison after serving time for murder. This was the last case that Alex worked on before he left the force and as he thinks back on the case he has the niggling feeling that there was something that he overlooked at the time, that perhaps an error of judgement was made. Despite the fact that Darryl confessed to the crime, Alex can't stop thinking about how the case unfolded and wondering if perhaps the wrong man was charged with the crime.A large portion of the action takes place in Detroit - Alex's old stomping ground but a place that he has avoided for many years. He is struck by the way that Detroit has become so empty and run down - almost as if the population had turned away and said "let it burn". But turning a blind eye to things is not Alex's style - and it will lead him into danger.Ever since I discovered this series a few years ago it has been a favourite of mine. Steve Hamilton writes good mysteries, but what elevates them is the wry humour, the strong sense of place and the very real characters that he creates. Whenever he has a new book out I need to put what I'm reading aside. This is a strong installment in a very good series. It twists and turns and holds your attention throughout.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2018-10-14 14:52

    Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton, a-minus, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Produced by Brilliance Audio, Downloaded from is the 10th in the Alex McKnight series. Alex, who now lives in the Upper Peninsula at the Canadian border in a town called Paradise, was at one point a police officer in Detroit. He is now a private investigator, and he also maintains and rents out cabins to tourists in the summer. Alex gets a call from his old police sergeant from Detroit indicating that there will be a change in the main case he handled in Detroit-the case that came before he got shot, before his partner was killed, before his wife left him. The man convicted of a horrendous murder is going to get out. He decides to go back to Detroit because, he always had some feelings that the case was not adequately investigated. And he now becomes convinced that the wrong man was convicted. He also becomes convinced that the murder for which this man was convicted was a part of a series of murders by a serial killer who is still out there. He becomes involved, along with Detroit police and the FBI in trying to resolve these cases.

  • Pam
    2018-10-21 08:50

    AUTHOR Hamilton, SteveTITLE: Let It BurnDATE READ: 03/21/2016RATING 4.5/B+GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF PAGES Crime Fiction / 2013/ Minotaur Books / 276 pagesSERIES/STAND-ALONE: #10 in Alex McKnight seriesCHARACTERS Alex McKnight/private eyeTIME/PLACE: 2013 / Detroit, MIFIRST LINES Summers die hard in Paradise.COMMENTS: I don't know what it was -- the setting of Detroit rather than the UP, knowing that this may be the last Alex McKnight book or more than likely just me and a mood thing -- but it took me quite awhile to settle into this book. A bit of a change since Alex is back in Detroit after he receives a call re his last case, the one that put him on disability for the gunshot wound . It has been 10 years and Darryl King is being released. Darryl King had been convicted of robbery/murder … Alex worked on the beginning of this but then was out due to being shot. He returns to Detroit, visits Darryl's mother and ends up researching the case -- finding a few hinky things that don't add up to Darryl King being guilty. In the end another good story!

  • Michael
    2018-10-02 11:53

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, Alex McKnight, is an ex-cop living five hours drive north of Detroit in a small settlement called Paradise and he looks after some cabins and enjoys Canadian beer. I would have thought it was not a great distance given the size of the North America, but seemingly he thought it was far enough away from Detroit to be an obstacle for any return that he may make to the city.Slowly, slowly, his past is revealed and in this story the focus is on his last case in Detroit, and whether the person convicted of murder was really the person who actually committed the crime. Detroit is portrayed as a very run-down and derelict city and it certainly seems that neglect to this extent is like an aggressive cancer that may not be able to be controlled. There is nothing predictable in this story with many interesting twists and turns. The characters all have their flaws and foibles and helps create a plausible tale. The tension also builds up slowly and the last few pages are very interesting indeed. A well written story, Steve Hamilton.

  • Gail
    2018-10-12 15:12

    Tenth book in The Alex McKnight series. This time a guy he sent to prison is being released but Alex has questions since he never saw the actual confession or the tape of it. The guy that was sent away his mom insists that he was innocent. So Alex comes down from Paradise, MI to the Detroit area to visit old friends and to relive what had happened back than and to try and prove the guy was sent to prison by mistake. I was glad to find out that the person I thought had done it had actually done it. Another great book. Looking forward to the next Alex McKnight book.

  • Suzze Tiernan
    2018-10-21 09:09

    It was nice learning more of the back story of Alex McKnight. I was worried about so much of it not taking place in the U.P. of Michigan, but the story held up well, and, being a native Detroiter, I was familiar with most of the places the character went. When he goes to a train yard in Detroit, it brought back memories of my deceased brother, Bob, who was a Detroit Police Sergeant. At one time he worked in a division that investigated robberies from those trains.

  • Judy
    2018-10-22 09:11

    Hamilton's Alex McKnight books are always a pleasure. I like the UP and have actually been to Paradise, the setting for the books, so I wasn't too happy to see that this one took place mostly in Detroit. It did turn out to be interesting though. Even though I've heard all about Detroit's bankruptcy, this book really describes the devastation that is Detroit. Hamilton describes the city like it's London after the Blitz.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2018-10-04 15:57

    Medically retired former Detroit police office Alex McKnight is notified that a convicted killed he helped put away is being released from prison. Alec develops doubt that the young man was guilty despite a confession. Bouncing between the past and the present, the story unwinds at a steady pace.

  • Claudette Veniez
    2018-10-03 10:07

    I couldn't put this book down. I love this series. there were so many twists and turns and I didn't figure out the ending which is unusual for me. I highly recommend this book and the series.

  • Sara
    2018-10-02 12:46

    I've read all his books and this is his best.

  • Riley Cooper
    2018-10-01 15:11

    Excellent book! The description of present-day Detroit is quite sad. Steve Hamilton has been on fire lately (no pun intended).

  • Tim
    2018-10-14 09:00

    Well done novel of suspense and intrigue. The ending should have been more thoroughly finished and would have resulted in a higher rating. 7 of 10 stars

  • Daymien
    2018-10-15 15:02

    last one. whew. i have read all 10. a bell curve. started out slowly, peaked in the middle, faded at the end. or was that me?

  • Brian
    2018-10-05 14:56

    Dreary. But that's no surprise when Detroit's involved as a major part of the story.

    2018-09-26 08:58

    Steve Hamilton never disappoints me. Alex McKnight relives the incident that caused his disability and the last case he worked on. Now honestly I had the serial killer down to two and I was right.

  • Kathleen Lawrence
    2018-10-15 07:47

    This is the 10th entry in Hamilton’s murder/mystery series featuring retired Detroit police officer Alex McKnight. Hamilton writes about Michigan locales like a native ‘Michigander’. McKnight revisits his native city of Detroit in this tale, and it is fun to hear about familiar landmarks—‘Joe Louis’ fist, the Spirit of Detroit, the old Tiger Stadium, the train station, and more. Oh yes—the plot. Here we have a confessed murderer being released from prison, and this triggers the original detectives to review the case files. Hmm—what if they made a mistake, and convicted the wrong man? Enjoy.

  • Diane
    2018-10-20 13:57

    I really like Steve Hamilton's mystery books, and he McKnight character. He's a former Detroit policeman who has retired after being shot and now lives in Paradise in the Upper Peninsula, and is a private-investigator of sorts, as well as owner of a small summer resort. The books are sort of in the tradition of the Sam Spade genre, and are fast-moving and interesting, with some really gritty characters. Couldn't put this one down, and looking forward to others in the series.

  • Barb Keltner
    2018-09-25 07:56

    I'm not much of a detective story reader, but this somehow got on my To Read When I Retire list -- and I'm glad it did! Excellent story that tricked me several times on who did what to whom. I may have to read a few more of this genre after all, and this author must be an especially good one to choose.

  • Eric
    2018-10-03 16:03

    I had the bad guy pegged right from the start, but it's an interesting story with good characters. Worth a read. This is the second one I've read that takes place below the Bridge. Get back home where you belong, Alex!

  • Ashley McCabe
    2018-09-27 16:11

    Great!So far, the last of his Alex McKnight stories. Some better than others. All interesting with great characters, plots, and storylines. This last one was one of the best. One tough guy who survived only because it's fiction. I wish him love but I could never live in Paradise.

  • Joyce
    2018-10-06 15:48

    I have enjoyed this mystery series set in Michigan, usually in the UP. But he moves the action back to the lower part of the state in this look back at one of the cases Alex McNight handled while on the Detroit police force. Good story, well told. Winds up at the Amtrak station in Niles.

  • Jan
    2018-09-27 16:08

    Once again, Steve Hamilton's writing has kept me engaged and thinking. The main character, Alex McKnight's humble but wise way of pursuing truth makes one want to turn the page. This is one of the best series books I have read. I highly recommend it.

  • Christopher Williams
    2018-09-28 14:43

    I have enjoyed this series. A bit similar to the William Kent Krueger, Cork O'Connor series which are set in Minnesota, which is not too far away. The main character is Alex McNight and the plots are usually, as here, very good and have good twists along the way.