Blood is the Sky

by Steve Hamilton

St. Martin\'s Minotaur, June, 2003.
Hardcover, 304 pages.
ISBN: 0312301154

Blood is the Sky by Steve Hamilton Ex-cop Alex McKnight has moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to try to forget his past. His law enforcement career was ended by a bullet and his marriage was also a casualty. Alex agrees to help his friend, Vinnie Red Sky LeBlanc, a member of the Ojibway Indian tribe (and no, they don't like the term "Native American"). Vinnie's brother has always been a troublemaker, but now he's out on parole, and is supposed to be turning his life around. After signing on to be a hunting guide for a group of wealthy men, Vinnie is now missing, along with the hunters. The hunting party was heading to Canada, although the terms of Vinnie's parole do not allow him to leave the country. The group was last seen flying off to an isolated island. But the owners of the hunting lodge seem very unhelpful when Vinnie and Alex question them, and soon they are embroiled in a dark story of revenge for a crime committed long ago.

Edgar-winning author Steve Hamilton takes readers on a gripping, moving adventure with his latest novel. The quiet, remote beauty of the Canadian wilderness is the perfect backdrop for this story of friendship and revenge. Alex McKnight is a man driven by demons from his past who has isolated himself from people. But he is pulled back into the land of the living by his friendship with Vinnie. Peopled with both eccentric and memorable characters, Blood is the Sky is a powerful and thought-provoking novel.

-- Claire E. White

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This review was published in the June-July, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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