Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton

Dead Man Running

Steve Hamilton

In a hunt that will take him across the country and to the edge of his limits, Alex McKnight fights to stop a vicious killer before he can exact his ultimate revenge.

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Alex McKnight--hero of Steve Hamilton's bestselling, award-winning, and beloved private eye series--is back in a high-stakes, nail-biting thriller, facing the most dangerous enemy he's ever encountered.

On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Something about his living room seems not quite right--the room is bright, when he's certain he'd left the curtains closed. Rewinding through the feed, he sees an intruder. When he shifts to the bedroom camera, he sees the dead body.

Martin T. Livermore is the key suspect in the abduction and murder of at least five women, but he's never been this sloppy before. When the FBI finally catches him in Scottsdale, he declares he'll only talk to one person: a retired police officer from Detroit, now a private investigator living in the tiny town of Paradise, Michigan. A man named Alex McKnight.

Livermore means nothing to McKnight, but it soon becomes clear McKnight means something to Livermore...and that Livermore's capture was only the beginning of an elaborate, twisted plot with McKnight at the center. In a hunt that will take him across the country and to the edge of his limits, McKnight fights to stop a vicious killer before he can exact his ultimate revenge. And his grand finale will cut closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

Advance Galley Reviews

Steve Hamilton's "Dead Man Running" is an entertaining thriller with an intriguing protagonist, Alex McKnight. Although I try to avoid reading part of a series in the middle, the book felt like a stand-alone story so I never felt lost not knowing background details from earlier books. Alex McKnight is a character I plan to follow from his beginning. Thanks to Penguin's First to Read program for allowing me to meet him in his latest adventure.

Fast paced hit you between the eyes thriller. One that didn't tip it's hand right away as to what the ultimate goal was. And what a chase to find out what this killer's plan was. There were places where one had to wonder if the FBI would really be that obtuse but one never knows. Good summer read all in all.

At first, the book was a bit confusing because the chapters changed point of views. I did not immediately realize who was giving the narrative from chapter to chapter. Eventually, it became more clear and it was not long before I was hooked. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. It was a good mix of story telling and mystery. I do not read many suspenseful books, but I would recommend this one.

Steve Hamilton is one of the true masters of writing thrillers with stubborn protagonists with a solid moral compass fighting evil of almost unspeakable proportions. I have read Hamilton's recent series about Nick Mason, but this was my first encounter with Alex McKnight, and jumping into book number 11 is sooo not me, but it felt right from the beginning, and Hamilton had me hooked from cover to cover. True, it gets pretty depressing with all the killing and dispair throughout the book, so if you have a weak stomach or are more into slapstick crime novels with a funny twist, then Hamilton is not for you. The plot is solid and clever and the twists and turns believable. Now, I have 10 other books to add to my to-read list... This one lacks a little to reach the fifth star but it is close to 4½.

I received an advance copy of this book. I have never read anything from this author before, or from this series. I honestly didn't even realize that this book was part of a series until after I finished the book, so I think you could just pick this book up and jump right into things. This book was a quick read, a suspense/thriller that kept you guessing throughout. It's not normally the type of book I gravitate to, but it was a nice, light change of pace. Overall, I think I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was a little simplistic, some of the plot "twists" were a little off the wall, and it all tied up neatly in the end, but in a way I didn't particularly love.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This was my first time reading a book in this series. I feel like the author did a good job filling in the details that were needed to make this a stand-alone novel. Very full of twists and suspense. I didn't want to put this one down!

I've read the other books in this series but I think I'd firmly rate them all in 3.5 range. This one included. It's a mostly okay thriller/serial killer story.

I couldn't read this book late at night, the suspense was so intense. This psychological thriller is right up there with the best I have read. The character development of the crazed killer may be the best I've experienced. Just thinking about him makes me shudder. The plot is an engaging one, as well thought out as the plans of the villain. The shocking first pages of the book grabbed me and the near continuous action never let go. I realize that there is backstory to the hero as this is down the line in a series of books featuring McKnight. But this novel read entirely well on its own. His history was clearly presented where needed. This is the first novel by Hamilton I've read and I will certainly be looking for more. I recommend this novel to readers who like well plotted suspense, a genius of a villain who keeps one step ahead of the FBI, and an engaging hero who just will not give up until he has caught his man. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

This is the first book that I've read by this author. I like to read mystery/thriller series that have the same protagonist in every book, such as Spenser, Bosch, Bourne, and Ellery Queen. However, I'm not a fan of serial killer stories because the main characters and plot are usually so similar in these kinds of books. Dead Man Running didn't change my long-time negative feelings about reading serial killer stories. My suspension of disbelief suddenly collapsed during the Livermore's hard-to-believe successful escape from a dozen mangled cops. I stopped reading any further from this point in the book. I'm ready for the next First to Read book selection. Great website. I really enjoy being a member here.

This book has me hooked from the beginning. I didn’t know what to expect, with this being the first book I have read by this author, but it was a great book. I’m so glad I chose to read this book. This was an excellent read.

This is my third Alex McKnight book and I found it to be the best of the three. I definitely recommend this book to mystery/thriller fans! It has many twists and turns that keeps the readers’ interest. I plan to read all the books in the series. I received an advance copy from First to Read in exchange for my opinion of the book.

This is my first Alex McKnight thriller and makes me want to go back and read the first ten. Alex McKnight is now a retired Detroit cop turned bounty hunter in Michigan's UP. A serial killer across the country is caught by the FBI and requests McKnight to be involved. The story bounces primarily between our killer, Livermore, and McKnight. This is a quick and suspenseful read. I liked the main character and was drawn into the story.

I have enjoyed Steve Hamilton's books for years. Living in Michigan, I am usually familiar with the areas of the UP that is Alex's usual haunts. This one is totally different with both location and characters, One of his best,

Good written story.Vivid characters in an original plot.Nice read.

I read Dead Man Running quickly. The story moved along with the appropriate twists and turns that kept me reading. I did like the 1st half of the book more than the last part. The ending of the book wasn’t bad, just your stereotypical, superhuman feats that you tend to find in this type of thriller. This was the 1st of the series I’ve read. Enough backstory was provided that I didn’t feel lost.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. I was so engrossed that I was right there with Alex on every twist and turn of this gripping thriller. I had to know what connected Alex with this frightening and complex nemesis. I have found a new series to read!

This was a fantastic book. I was hooked from the moment the first chapter started. It read like a fast-paced Denzel Washington movie and never let up. The writing was good and the character development was very, very interesting.

This is the stuff of nightmares. A fast paced thriller not for the squeamish. A brilliant serial killer is obsessed with one man, a former police officer, for reasons known only to himself. This is the type of book you can't put down except when life gets in the way... and even then you can't wait to get back to see what the connection is and what happens next. Although this is part of a series it holds up as a stand alone. I definitely will read others and highly recommend this to anyone who wants a great thriller. I received a free pre-publication copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Intense, fast paced read - kept me turning the pages to discover what the connection between McKnight and Livermore was.

Crime thriller, well done! Enjoyed the book and would read more from this author. This book did seem to carry on a bit too long towards the middle of the story, but still a quick, interesting read. Thank you First to Read for the free copy.

I was really enjoying the book thru the 1st's a thriller, & moves at a pretty fast pace, which is great......then at about the half way point.....I felt like it seemed to get too 'fantastical/repetitive/unrealistic/unbelievable' for me. Thru out the 1st half, I was into the action, it was kind of scary-good.....then it turned into 'Oh come on....he can't get away that many times!' It does continue at a fairly good clip thru out the entire book, it's a 'thriller', there's a 'chase' thru just became a bit 'overdone/over the top' for me.....& then I also thought it ended a bit abruptly....? Maybe for other readers, it works tho? I do intend to read some more of the 'Alex McKnight' series......I'll give it another chance! It was a very fast read, short chapters lead the reader to 'divide & conquer' pretty quickly! I received this e-ARC from Penguin's First-To-Read giveaway program, in return for my own fair & honest review.

This is book no. 11 in the Alex McKnight series. I haven’t read any of the others, but that didn’t do anything to my understanding of the story. It starts with a guy on a cruise along the Mediterranean discovering through the NetCams he installed that not only someone broke into his home but he was having sex with a corpse on his bed (yikes!) The FBI quickly caught the guy who was a serial killer on his watch list only to find out he has a victim still alive hidden somewhere. However, he will only speak to Alex McKnight, a cop-turned-bounty-hunter living across the country. Killer and Alex will go on a cat and mouse chase across country that will end pushing Alex to the limits. This book is a page-turned. I could have finished in a sitting but life got in the way. However, I have to admit that though I loved 83% of the book, the remaining 17% was a total let-down. So predictable, I just knew exactly what was gonna happen... plus, Alex McKnight escape from a life-threatening situation seemed like out of “Saw” the movie. I also didn’t like the link between the killer and McKnight which is (of course) only revealed at the end. Finally, like expected from this type of books, women are only victims and all the strong and smart characters are men. But overall, it’s entertaining.

This is my first exposure to this series. Dead Man Running is a fast-paced book following an ex-cop's pursuit of a serial killer. This author knows how to construct suspense. The tale alternates between a third person narrative and a first person narrative told by the main character, ex-cop McKnight. While this alternating pattern got a little confusing at first, it really added to the suspense later. I look forward to reading more in this series.

Martin Livermore has set an evil trap for the FBI and for Alex McKnight. He's obviously still driven to kill, as any self-respecting serial killer would be, but the motives for Livermore's actions remain hidden. It was fascinating to know that Livermore's sights were set on McKnight but the reader is taken along on the mystery as to why. The journey that McKnight is forced to take starts with the FBI picking him up from Michigan and whisking him off to Phoenix. McKnight meets some good people along the way, and it hurt my heart to read about their callous and twisted treatment from Livermore. Dead Man Running is full of questions and action. It's a great read!

I love this series! As always, this was a fast paced action packed book. I read it all in one day. I just had to get to the end. I would definitely recommend! Thanks First to Read for my advance copy.

One of the last things a man did before he and his wife went on a Mediterranean cruise was set up a security camera at their house. Maybe it seemed a little paranoid, but better safe than sorry, right? When he's finally able to log on for the first time, his fears are unfounded—wait, why does the living room seem brighter than when they left? Did the front door just open? He watches, aghast, as an intruder enters their house and heads up to their bedroom. While he readies for the intruder to steal his wife's diamonds (which he didn't let her bring on the cruise), he is utterly unprepared for the woman's body on their bed. Not to mention what the intruder does to the body... The intruder turns out to be Martin Livermore, a gifted scientist who is the suspect in the abduction and murder of at least five other women. The FBI has been hunting him for a while, but he's never been this sloppy before. When he is apprehended returning to the vacationers' home for another encounter with his latest victim, the feds feel victorious, but they can't help but wonder why it seems as if he was trying to get caught this time. Livermore once again gets the upper hand, when he refuses to speak to anyone but Alex McKnight, a former police officer and private investigator from the small town of Paradise, Michigan. McKnight has no idea why Livermore has involved him, can't figure out any connection to this murderer whatsoever. But Livermore knows too much about him, and Alex is a crucial part of a tangled, dangerous plot that Livermore is about to put in motion. With each action, Livermore ups the stakes, and as Alex races to figure out why the murderer has drawn him into his schemes, the danger continues to grow, and it threatens to affect him in places he'd never expect. How do you catch a criminal mastermind who has targeted you, who taunts you with his crimes, and knows your every step before you take it? Alex faces off with a relentless killer, and only one of them can survive. In a veritable sea full of thriller writers, Steve Hamilton is the real deal. He's one of the rare breed of authors in this genre who can write pulse-pounding action scenes while creating characters with depth, characters you root for and care about. Every time I read another one of his books I say the same thing—I cannot understand why he isn't a household name, because his books are far superior (a little Michigan humor) to many more popular authors. It was great to have Alex McKnight back again, but I definitely missed Paradise, and Vinnie, Jackie, and Leon. Still, it was good to see Alex have to leave his comfort zone and try and figure out his connection to Livermore. While I don't love villains who are always one step ahead of everyone else, and who can always outsmart law enforcement, Livermore was one creepy character who made me shudder. (His diversions were pretty dastardly.) Dead Man Running is a prime example of a writer at his peak. If you've never read any of Hamilton's books, you don't know what you're missing. Whether you read his Alex McKnight series, his newer series featuring Nick Mason, or one of his standalone books, you'll see this is an author whose name you should see on books being read everywhere you look. Hopefully someday the world will catch on to what I've known for years—Hamilton is one of the best. NetGalley, PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, and First to Read provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

Dead Man Running is the next rough-and-ready adventure of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight, ex-baseballer, ex-cop and current day private eye in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In this "chapter" Alex temporarily leaves his fugitive recovery job in the UP when Martin Livermore, accused of abducting and murdering 5 women, tells the FBI and Scottsdale, AZ, police that he'll only talk to Alex - though for the life of him, Alex cannot figure out any connection between them. When the FBI and police are executed in an ambush set up by Livermore, Alex gives chase across the country, only to discover that his connection to Livermore is someone he still holds dear and must rescue from his clutches. Fast read by an award-winner author. Not to be missed.


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