Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Haunting Wind (Book 6)

Title: The Haunting Wind
Author: Steve Hamilton
First Published: 2002
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Series: Alex McKnight (Book 3)

     I'm having fun with the Alex McKnight series. My reading list for 2013 didn't include them, but hey, reading should be fun and sometimes unplanned.

     The Haunting Wind is the 3rd book in the series which keep getting better in my opinion. Partly because the characters big and small are growing on me. I do also like the funny and sarcastic inner dialogue of Alex. He keeps getting into troubles or maybe troubles have a way of finding him.

     In The Haunting Wind, his friend Randy suddenly appears. He has not seen him in more than 30 years. They knew each other while playing in the minor league for the Detroit Tigers. Randy got on his nerve constantly but he could never hate him, in fact Alex was and still is very fond of him. His old buddy comes to him with the most absurd request in Alex's opinion at least. He wants to find the girl that got away, THE ONE! so he can rekindle the old flame. It doesn't take much to persuade Alex. Randy has a charm about him that no one can really resist. Alex is a sap, the biggest sap on planet earth according to Jackie and will always be a sap.

     Things are not with they seem especially in Alex's life. Events take turn for the worse and as always, Alex finds himself fighting on many fronts by himself. It does seem evident or at least in the first 3 books of the series that generally law enforcement guys don't warm up to Alex right away. More than often he finds himself to be the accused. THE PRIME SUSPECT. I've also noticed that the writer, Hamilton, is not fond of your typical Hollywood happy endings. Many bad guys seem to get away with it. Life imitate art or is it art imitate life? I don't know!

     The series is very addictive, if you fall for Alex you can't help but continue the journey with him. I already started book 4.


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