Dead Man Running
by Hamilton, Steve

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. By a New York Times best-selling author.

Steve Hamilton is the New York Times-bestselling author of fourteen novels, most recently Exit Strategy and The Second Life of Nick Mason. His debut, A Cold Day in Paradise, won both an Edgar Award and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel The Lock Artist was a New York Times Notable Crime Book and won an Alex Award and the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Hamilton attended the University of Michigan, where he won the Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

In the eleventh Alex McKnight thriller, the Detroit ex-cop's past continues to follow him to remote Paradise, Michigan, this time confronting him with a mysterious connection to a serial killer prowling the Southwest. Abruptly picked up by the FBI, Alex is hustled to the Phoenix interrogation of Martin Livermore, who is accused of murdering six women and abducting a seventh. Livermore refuses to speak to the FBI until Alex arrives, but Alex is certain that he's never met him or his victims. Despite Alex's denials, Livermore agrees to take Alex and an FBI team to his victims' bodies. As they near what they assume is the hiding spot, Livermore detonates explosives planted before his arrest and disappears, leaving Alex as the only other survivor. Clearly, Livermore allowed himself to be captured so that he could connect with Alex and engineer this moment. Why? Hunting again, Livermore taunts Alex with each new kill, drawing him into a no-holds-barred chase. Hamilton's long-awaited reboot of the McKnight series (following Let It Burn, 2013) is a streamlined, gut-wrenching thriller driven by Alex's desperation to end Livermore's killing spree and reconcile past mistakes. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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