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Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers in the world, and one of only two authors (along with Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he’s put two recent titles on the New York Times best-seller list. It was his standalone "The Lock Artist" that made publishing history, his first book to win an Edgar for Best Novel, a CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in the UK and an Alex Award. "The Lock Artist" has been translated into 17 different languages, and was an especially strong seller in Japan, where it was voted the number one translated crime novel of 2012 by both the annual Kono Mystery Ga Sugoi guide and by Weekly Bunshun magazine.
Hamilton’s very first book, "A Cold Day in Paradise," won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. That book introduced Alex McKnight, an ex-cop now making a living renting cabins in the small town of Paradise in Michigan’s isolated Upper Peninsula, who becomes a reluctant private detective.
In 2006, Hamilton won the Michigan Author Award for his body of work. Hamilton lives in upstate New York with his wife Julia and their two children Nicholas G. and Antonia.
His new book is "Exit Strategy: A Nick Mason Novel."