Let It Burn
  • Let It Burn
  • Let It Burn
  • Let It Burn
ISBN: 0312640226
EAN13: 9780312640224
Language: English
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9.3" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, 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. So he's more than happy to stay in the little town of Paradise, three hundred miles and half a lifetime away.

Then he gets a call from his old sergeant. It turns out that a young man Alex helped put away 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.

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 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.

And again.

And again.

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   Not a Fan
The tale of Alex McKnight is boring and unbelievable. I guessed the villain from the beginning. It was one of them. The tours of downtown Detroit were boring and unnecessary, and it was hard to believe that the Detroit Police Department allowed its policemen to drive wherever they wanted. It's too implausible.
I have enjoyed all of Steve Hamilton's mysteries. Let It Burn is the least satisfying of the three. Since most of the action takes place in Detroit, the book is very relevant. The characters of former minor league catcher and ex- Detroit beat cop McKnight and his friends in Paradise are well- drawn and interesting. The plot of Let It Burn deals with a brutal murder years before where McKnight played a role in bringing the case to a close McKnight is thinking about the case, the confession of the murderer, and whether or not justice was served when the murderer is released on parole. There was a great plot, great characters, and great descriptions of Detroit then and now. A good read, but not as strong as the previous books.
   Return to Detroit
Alex was seriously injured and eventually retired after this caper took him to an old murder case just before his partner was killed. Alex revisits Detroit and some of his former cops on the case of the convicted murderer who is getting out of prison. Alex has doubts if the original case was proper, if the con was really guilty, and if he harbored some payback on the officers involved. I miss the UP, it's cold, snow and Leon. So be it. Looking forward to my next Hamilton! The cop shop.
   The series is still a winner
The female characters are getting on my nerves, but I really enjoy the Alex McKnight series. Alex will never be happy, but I don't think it's a good idea to keep introducing women that make him even more miserable. It was interesting to go back in time to Alex's police days when he was put out to pasture on a disability pension and it was a good read. I would love to see his old sidekick, Leon. It was fun.
   Always great to read a new Alex story
A new Alex story is always great to read. There is more information about his time as a cop in Detroit. When there were no boarded up buildings in Detroit, the city was a great place to visit and eat. I did a cruise through Detroit about five years ago and was amazed at the amount of trash it took. Get used to that. If things don't change soon, most of this country is going to look like that. I like Alex McKnight's novels, my favorite is ICE RUN. In the 20's and 30's, there were good stories about bootlegging liquor from Canada. Good stuff.
   Good read
A lot of our leads in the crime world are lonely and broken. It's about taking care of something that wasn't done correctly the first time. Alex is fighting for his life after the system got a person to convict and closed the case. Alex returns to Detroit, a city that has given up its fight against death, decay and is beyond redemption. He doesn't want to repeat what he did the first time around, and he still loves the place. I wish he would have ended it sooner. This is a good read and I would recommend you read his earlier books so that you understand the character and storyline.
   Always good to read about the life of Alex.
Alex is a character and I read about his adventures. The part of the country where he lives is where I like the most. His friends make great secondary characters and one gets to know them.
Alex Hamilton's books feature Alex McNight. I am waiting for the next one to come out and have read all of them. These stories are the best of the best. It's great to read about Paradise and the Soo and all of the places I know. Mr. Hamilton, please write more.
   The tenth and most recent book in the Alex McKnight series
The main character in Let It Burn is retired from the Detroit police force and living in Upper Michigan, where he rents out cabins on Lake Superior, in order to supplement his income. The unincorporated community of Paradise is the primary location in the novel. There is a city called Sault Sainte. Marie is a woman. Detroit is portrayed in a way that is evocative. Detroit is seen as the main character in the book, a city of great suffering and tragedy. The title refers to the practice of burning down empty houses in the city on Devil's Night and Halloween from the 1970s to the 21 st century.