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Steve Hamilton is the author of Conversation Secrets for Tomorrow's Leaders (2021), The Bounty (2021), Riddle Island (2020), Dead Man Running (2019) and other 58 books.

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Conversation Secrets for Tomorrow's Leaders

release date: Sep 23, 2021
Conversation Secrets for Tomorrow's Leaders
Transformational conversations are a leader''s superpower. It is estimated that 75% of work gets done through conversations. Leaders who practice these Conversation Secrets empower themselves and their teams to ignite innovation and transform organizations. Leaders learn to be more adaptive, to lean into the language of possibility, and thrive through uncertainty. Their powerful conversations emphasize the human-centered core of the future of work, building trust, connection, and collaboration with all stakeholders: employees, shareholders, and the community. Learn these 21 Secrets to unleash your leadership superpower. Leadership is being democratized. Command and control leadership structures are crumbling in favor of more agile and collaborative designs. The Covid-19 Pandemic induced a work from home movement that has been revealing the ''real'' human side of business. We live in a vastly, ever increasingly complex world. To effectively navigate this new world, tomorrow''s leaders need to champion new conversations that recognize and elevate all stakeholders in their business, beyond just shareholder capitalism. The successful re-invention of organizations is being ignited through powerful conversations--perhaps a lost art--secrets of which this book starts to reveal. The authors have thousands of hours of executive coaching experience which they mined to develop these 21 conversation secrets. These secrets represent the areas where leaders consistently needed support to drive up their overall impact by having powerful conversations. Specifically, these conversations emphasize the human-centered core of the future of work, building trust and collaboration with all stakeholders: employees, shareholders, and the community. We are each leaders in our own lives and work. Our collective success accelerates when we apply these secrets. This has the power to inspire trust, connection, and foster inclusion and collaboration, creating a ripple effect in the future of work.

The Bounty

release date: Mar 23, 2021
The Bounty
FBI agent Kate O’Hare and charming criminal Nick Fox race against time to uncover a buried train filled with Nazi gold in this thrilling adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton. Type A special agent Kate O’Hare and international criminal Nick Fox have brought down some of the biggest bad guys out there. But now they face their most dangerous foe yet—a vast, shadowy international organization known only as the Brotherhood. Directly descended from the Vatican Bank priests who served Hitler during World War II, the Brotherhood is on a frantic search for a lost train loaded with $30 billion in Nazi gold, untouched for over seventy-five years somewhere in the mountains of Eastern Europe. Kate and Nick know that there is only one man who can find the fortune and bring down the Brotherhood—the same man who taught Nick everything he knows—his father, Quentin. As the stakes get higher, they must also rely on Kate’s own father, Jake, who shares his daughter’s grit and stubbornness. From a remote monastery in the Swiss Alps to the lawless desert of the Western Sahara, Kate, Nick, and the two men who made them who they are today must crisscross the world in a desperate scramble to stop their deadliest foe in the biggest adventure of their lives.

Riddle Island

release date: Feb 04, 2020
Riddle Island
On the afternoon of July 30, 1975, former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa left the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, never to be seen again. Over two hundred FBI agents have been working the case in the forty-four years since that day—digging up end zones, driveways, hay fields, and horse farms—and yet Hoffa’s body has never been found. In this story by two-time Edgar Award–winning, New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton, Alex McKnight—the former Detroit cop and protagonist of eleven critically acclaimed novels that have sold over a million copies—is sitting at the rail in the Glasgow Inn when a local old-timer tells him an unusual story. It’s the kind of small-town mystery that won’t let Alex sleep at night, but when he goes hunting for answers, he stumbles upon the biggest surprise of his life. Forty-four years later, the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa is still the most notorious open case in American crime history ... And Alex McKnight is about to solve it.

Dead Man Running

release date: Aug 27, 2019
Dead Man Running
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.

Exit Strategy

release date: May 16, 2017
Exit Strategy
In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life, as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission... Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find them—they’re ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified “deep black” locations by an battalion of heavily armed U.S. marshals charged with protecting them—and the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man. As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason''s next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself. In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

The Second Life of Nick Mason

release date: Apr 18, 2017
The Second Life of Nick Mason
An NPR and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Library Journal Best Thriller of the Year “A gamechanger. Nick Mason is one of the best main characters I''ve read in years.”—Harlan Coben From New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free. Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early. He accepts—but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He’s returned to society, but he''s still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It’s the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double-life term who runs an empire from his prison cell. Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything—his family, his sanity, and even his life—to finally break free.

I Want My Life Back

release date: Sep 28, 2012
I Want My Life Back
One is too many. A thousand is never enough.'' ''Andrea arrived in rehab at the same time as me. We were in admissions together. I can''t remember how many times she''d tried to get clean, but it was my eleventh institution and I was dying. For two days I listened to her withdrawal in a room just down the passage from mine. The screaming, the swearing, the crying - and the hideous, desperate ka-klung! of the bars on the side of the bed as she wrestled with the restraints that kept her tied to it. I don''t know what damage they thought she could have done really. Andrea had had all the tips of her fingers amputated. She''d got gangrene from shooting up under her nails too many times ...'' At the age of fifteen I already had a criminal record, busted by the drug squad for possession of an illegal substance. You''d think I''d have learnt a lesson, wouldn''t you, but I''m still learning, even though I''m clean of street drugs now - well, just for today - and have a lot of clean time behind me. The hardest lesson of all for an addict is that the nightmare is never over and the powerful seduction of just one more high never ever goes away. The story in these pages is not a comfortable one. It doesn''t have an ending and I''m not even sure if it has a true beginning. Some of the time it may read like a bad dream. It isn''t. It''s my life you''re holding in your hands. Don''t let it be yours.

Die a Stranger

release date: Jul 03, 2012
Die a Stranger
When the murders of five people and the mysterious landing of an airplane on a deserted Upper Peninsula airstrip implicates his missing Ojibwa friend, Vinnie, Alex McKnight races against time to find his friend, who is also being sought by a mysterious stranger. By the Edgar Award-winning author of A Cold Day in Paradise. 75,000 first printing.

Misery Bay

release date: Jun 07, 2011
Misery Bay
On a frozen January night, a young man hangs himself in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay. Alex McKnight does not know this young man, and he won''t even hear about the suicide until two months later, when the last person Alex would ever expect comes to him for help. What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence and bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless and methodical killer. McKnight knows all about evil. Mobsters, drug dealers, hit men—he''s seen them all, and they''ve taken away almost everything he''s ever loved. But none of them could have ever prepared him for the darkness he''s about to face. A New York Times bestseller, Michigan Notable Book, and Boston Globe Best Crime Book of the Year, Steve Hamilton''s Misery Bay marks the return of one of crime fiction''s most critically acclaimed series.

Beneath the Book Tower

release date: May 17, 2011
Beneath the Book Tower
Before the tragic event that made him seek refuge in a remote corner of Michigan''s Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight was a Detroit police officer. It''s a warm summer night, and Alex is out riding the night shift with his partner Franklin. There''s no shortage of trouble to be found on the dark streets of Motown. But on this particular night, Franklin has his own agenda. From Edgar Award-Winning Author Steve Hamilton, Beneath the Book Tower is the first ever short story featuring Alex McKnight, showing a different side of the man readers have come to love.

A Scandal of the Particular

release date: Jul 09, 2021
A Scandal of the Particular
HYMAN KAZAN HAS REGRETS. We all do. A struggling legal career, an unfulfilled, passionate girlfriend. But the situation is about to get worse, much worse, when the body of a young man from Scotland is found outside of a safe injection site in downtown Vancouver. The dark, rainy streets of the Lower Mainland are about to explode when it is discovered that this corpse and Kazan''s girlfriend shared the same lover, Judge Craig Donald Smith. As his world begins to crumble, Kazan finds himself with one last chance to find truth and happiness. Then he finds himself alone with his demons and a loaded handgun, in a struggle to find justice, ethics, and integrity. But does he have the courage?

Let It Burn

release date: Aug 29, 2013
Let It Burn
The brilliant new thriller from the author of the EDGAR AWARD-winning THE LOCK ARTIST. Half a lifetime ago, Alex McKnight was a young cop in Detroit. Now he''s an occasional private eye up in Paradise, Michigan, and trying hard to put the past behind him. Then he gets the call that every cop dreads: a killer he helped put behind bars is getting released, and he might just have payback on his mind. Suddenly the years fall away, and in his mind Alex is back in that hot summer in Detroit, hunting the brutal murderer of a young woman. The problem is, something about the case no longer makes sense, and Alex feels compelled to retrace the steps that led to the arrest and conviction of Darryl King. But it''s not just the case that looks different: returning to Detroit, Alex finds a city that is almost unrecognizable from the one he left, a city that is quite literally dying on its feet, where crime and decay hold sway, and law and order are in retreat. And as Alex searches for the truth among the shadows of the past, he discovers a story more shocking than the one he thought he knew and a danger more threatening than an ex-con looking for revenge.

An Honorable Assassin

release date: May 14, 2019
An Honorable Assassin
In this pulse-pounding entry in the New York Times-bestselling series, Nick Mason has become a deadly asset for a new master, the head of an organization far larger than he ever could have imagined. Nick Mason was released from federal prison to begin a second life as an unwilling assassin, serving a major Chicago crime lord until the day he finally won his freedom. But that freedom was a lie. Now Mason finds himself on a plane to Jakarta, his life controlled by a vast shadow organization that can cross any international border. He leaves behind everyone he''s ever loved, everything he''s ever known...Except for one thing: The job. When his phone rings, day or night, he has to answer it, and do whatever he''s told. Mason is an exile, forced to live out a nightmare on the other side of the world and the only way home is to keep killing. This time his target is Hashim Baya, known to his followers as the Crocodile. A phantom money man who finances countless bloody terrorist attacks across the globe, Baya is the most dangerous criminal Mason has ever faced. But Mason''s not the only one hunting him. For Martin Sauvage, a tough-as-nails Interpol agent, apprehending Baya has become a personal vendetta. Sauvage wants Baya in prison. Mason''s only chance at survival is to put him in a body bag. Assassin and cop are on a collision course leading to a brutal showdown...and to the most shocking revelation of all.

Ice Run

release date: Aug 26, 2010
Ice Run
A superb new Alex McKnight novel from Edgar award-winning author Steve Hamilton. It is February in Paradise, Michigan, and for the first time since moving there, Alex is taking a hard look at his life. This is what happens when a middle-aged solitary guy falls in love. The woman is Natalie Reynaud, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police whose partner has recently been killed. As far as the OPP are concerned, Natalie is responsible for her partner''s death. She needs a break - from the past as well as the present. Alex and Natalie spend a romantic weekend together, but just as everything seems to be going so well, they are disturbed by someone who knows all about Natalie, and about a dark episode buried in her family''s past which still drives men to violence. As much as Natalie doesn''t want Alex to get involved, there''s no way he can let her face this danger alone. After all, he''s been beaten up and shot at, all to help a friend in need. How much further would he go for the woman he loves?

Beneath the Book Tower, see ISBN 978-1-4299-6681-8

release date: May 17, 2011
Beneath the Book Tower, see ISBN 978-1-4299-6681-8
Before the tragic event that made him seek refuge in a remote corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight was a Detroit police officer. It’s a warm summer night, and Alex is out riding the night shift with his partner Franklin. There’s no shortage of trouble to be found on the dark streets of Motown. But on this particular night, Franklin has his own agenda. From Edgar Award-Winning Author Steve Hamilton, Beneath the Book Tower is the first ever short story featuring Alex McKnight, showing a different side of the man readers have come to love.

A Stolen Season

release date: Dec 16, 2010
A Stolen Season
A superb new Alex McKnight thriller from this popular Edgar Award winner It''s the most miserable summer anyone can remember in Paradise, Michigan. Alex and his occasional partner Leon are outside the local casino waiting to see the 4th July firework celebrations when they witness a spectacular boat crash. They drag four men from the wreck and revive them. When Alex''s friend Vinnie is later beaten up by four strangers, it doesn''t take Alex long to figure out who they might be. Vinnie suspects that these strangers have been preying on some of the local tribes people, pressuring them to make fraudulent claims for medicine, which the men then sell on at street value to drug addicts. When Alex and Vinnie begin to investigate, the men are forced into desperate action. One of them winds up dead, while the others are determined to prevent Alex and Vinnie from cutting off their drug supply. These dangerous newcomers receive a warm welcome from one quarter though - the criminal fraternity. At least Alex can be certain that his cop girlfriend, Natalie, is safe in Toronto, working on a long-term undercover operation against a group of gun-runners. But Alex doesn''t realise the true nature of the op and its link to the drug-traffickers; nor is he aware that Natalie is perilously close to having her cover blown. Then she comes face-to-face with three men who could be used to redefine the word vicious...

North of Nowhere

release date: Apr 01, 2010
North of Nowhere
"I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I''m ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan."—James Patterson New York Times Bestselling Author of Die a Stranger Steve Hamilton''s novels have won the mystery world''s most prestigious awards. Now, in North of Nowhere, he returns to Michigan''s Upper Peninsula, where former Detroit cop Alex McKnight has learned that wherever money goes, envy isn''t far behind. After a game of cards turns into a professional heist, Alex McKnight finds himself lying facedown on the floor with a gun to the back of his head. When the dust settles, McKnight is one of the police chief''s lead suspects. Worse, one of the other card players has the same idea, and he has no qualms about exercising some vigilante justice of his own. Now, Alex knows he is the only one who can uncover the truth. But he''s about to discover how dark this conspiracy truly is—or how close to guilt he actually stands. . . .

A Cold Day In Paradise

release date: Dec 16, 2010
A Cold Day In Paradise
A murder from the past; the murderer in prison - so how come it''s starting all over again? Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimetre from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner''s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes, has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cosy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose''s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight can''t understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders - not to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. It seems as though Hell will freeze over before McKnight can unravel the cold truth in this town that''s anything but Paradise.

Blood is the Sky

release date: Apr 01, 2010
Blood is the Sky
Before Blood is the Sky, the Alex McKnight series had already hit bestseller lists and won awards, but this novel took it to a whole new level. Set in the forests of northern Ontario, a land of savage beauty and sudden danger, Blood Is the Sky shows why Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed crime novelists writing today. Alex McKnight isn''t a man with many friends, but the few he has know they''re never alone in a fix. So when Vinnie LeBlanc asks for his help in taking a trip deep into Canada in search of his missing brother, he knows he can count on Alex. His brother had taken a job as a hunting guide for a rough crew of Detroit "businessmen." The group was due back days ago, yet there''s been no sign of them, and there''s mounting evidence of something odd about their disappearing act. The trackless forests of northern Ontario keep many secrets, but none more shocking than the one that Alex is about to uncover. And the more closely Alex looks for answers, the more questions there become.

The Lock Artist

release date: Jan 05, 2010
The Lock Artist
"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me. But you can call me Mike." Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it''s a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all. It''s an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you''ve ever seen in the world of crime fiction. The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Past Offences

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Past Offences
Joe Trumble is a probation officer with a tragedy in his past. Two years ago his fiancee was brutally killed three days before their wedding. No one has yet been caught. As the story opens, Joe is heading for a blind date with Marlene, a jewellery designer, his first encounter with a woman since his late fiancee Laurel''s death.The evening is a success, but next day Marlene is reported missing and, two days later, her body is found. As the last person to see her alive, Joe is at the very least a material witness and, as the evidence mounts and another body is found, suspicions begins to centre on him.

Night Work

release date: Aug 26, 2010
Night Work
A superb stand-alone thriller from Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton Joe Trumble is a probation officer with a tragedy in his past. Two years ago his fiancée Laurel was brutally killed three days before their wedding. No one has yet been caught. As the story opens, Joe is heading for a blind date with Marlene, a jewellery designer, his first encounter with a woman since Laurel''s death. The evening is a success, but the next day Marlene is reported missing. Two days later her body is found. As the last person to see her alive, Joe is at the very least a material witness and, as the evidence mounts and another body is found, suspicion begins to centre on him.

Winter Of The Wolf Moon

release date: Aug 26, 2010
Winter Of The Wolf Moon
A breathtakingly chilling novel of suspense from the author of A COLD DAY IN PARADISE It''s winter in Paradise, a small town in Michigan''s Upper Peninsula on the frozen borders of Canada. After ploughing the new snow from his drive every morning, Alex McKnight is content to stay warm in front of the fireplace at the Glasgow Inn with a bottle of his favourite Canadian beer. Once a catcher in the minor leagues, later a Detroit police officer, Alex gave the private eye business a try and it ended up being the ''second worst'' mistake of his life. So when a young native American woman of the Ojibwa tribe comes to him for help, Alex is reluctant to become involved. Nor does he want anything to do with goofy Leon Prudell, who wants to get back in the PI business and has fixed on Alex as his partner. But before you can say ''storm warning'', events have spun out of Alex''s control. Soon he''ll have to deal with an entire team of drug-crazed hockey goons, two mysterious men wearing guns and hunting caps, and a cold-blooded killer from the other side of the world. Perhaps Alex needs that new partner after all...
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