August Readers' Report
Winter of the Wolf Moon: An Alex McNight Mystery
by Steve Hamilton
Winter of the Wolf Moon, is the second book in the Alex McKnight series, featuring a former Detroit cop and P.I. who now lives in a remote cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The story begins when McKnight offers shelter to a young Ojibwa woman who is fleeing from her abusive boyfriend. McKnight feels a connection with her and hopes to help her start a new life. However, the next morning, he finds her gone, along with a mysterious canvas bag that contains something very valuable. McKnight feels responsible for her safety and sets out to find her, with the help of his friend and Ojibwa neighbor, Vinnie LeBlanc.
The search leads McKnight into a brutal winter landscape, where he faces deadly enemies at every turn. He also uncovers a dark secret that involves the Ojibwa reservation, the Canadian border, and his own past. Along the way, he has to deal with his own guilt, loneliness, and anger, as well as his growing feelings for the missing woman.
Winter of the Wolf Moon is a gripping and atmospheric novel that showcases Hamilton’s skill at creating realistic and complex characters, vivid settings, and tense action scenes. The book also explores themes such as identity, loyalty, justice, and redemption. Hamilton does not shy away from showing the harsh realities of life in the Upper Peninsula, where poverty, racism, and addiction are common problems. He also portrays the Ojibwa culture with respect and authenticity, highlighting their history, traditions, and spirituality.
The Readers enjoyed this book, giving it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. We appreciated the arctic cold local color around Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and its sister city in Ontario. We thought the characters were authentic, even though ruthless and violent, and the plot twists held our attention right to the end.
Join us on September 19th when we will discuss Act of Oblivion, a work of historical fiction by Robert Harris. We will meet at the home of David Morrow at 244 McMillan Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms. Please RSVP to Dave at (313) 303-1570 or post to the Readers Forum on our club website.