Author: Steve Hamilton
First Published: 1998
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Alex McKnight is an ex-cop. He’s been shot in the line of duty 14 years ago and he took a disability retirement soon after. He moved back from Detroit to his hometown Paradise. He works now as Private Investigator for small town, good hearted lawyer. He likes his job well enough but the trauma still lingers, he is still terrified of guns and blood. He keeps to himself, lives in a small cabin in the wood that he built with his father when he was a boy, plays poker with guys and everything seems to fall into place for him. But the good days won’t last. A case from the past now haunts his quite life and he’s desperately trying to solve it.
The setting of novel is your typical small town. Paradise is a cold, desolate place in the north of the country just on the border of Canada. The events of the novel take place within few days. This is one of the aspects that I liked about the book. It’s a first-person narrative, so Alex is at the center of the story and he is in every page. The other characters in the novel are one dimensional, they’ve got nothing special going on but then again this is a story about Alex. The novel was written in a very direct and simple language. It reads like your typical mystery/thriller. There are no distinguishable qualities in the phrasing and the events are a little bit predictable.
A Cold Day in Paradise is the first novel in a series of 8 novels. Am I going to read the rest of them? Sure. I enjoyed it, it was good enough first novel to make you want to read the rest of the books.
I also liked that the book was 300 pages. I read it in two days.