Hamilton's BLOOD IS THE SKY is the best yet in his award-winning Alex McKnight private-eye series. This grip-ping adventure takes Alex and his friend Vinnie to the northern Canadian woods to search for Vinnie's missing brother.

As events unfold, they face ever-increasing tests of survival, and passing them requires all the physical endurance and mental ingenuity they can muster.

On an October day, Vinnie tells Alex of his concern for his brother, Tom, who was hired as a guide by a group of men going on a hunting trip in Ontario. The group has not returned, and Tom's disappearance deeply concerns Vinnie and his family. Alex agrees to help his friend search for the missing men. Upon reaching the hunting lodge, they learn that the group left a few days ago, and the lodge owners have no information to offer about where they might have gone.

The few clues they find take Alex and Vinnie on a life-or-death trek deep into the Canadian wilderness. The result is a reader's delight: a fast-paced, breathtaking adventure for which a night's sleep gladly will be sacrificed. BLOOD IS THE SKY is a stunner. (Jun., 304 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters