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Topic: Anybody up for a Steve Hamilton vs Wm Kent Krueger discussion?

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Subject: Anybody up for a Steve Hamilton vs Wm Kent Krueger discussion?
Date Posted: 12/2/2011 7:21 PM ET
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Both of these authors published their first books in 1998. They both write about former cops turned PI in the upper midwest region (UP, MIchigan for Hamilton and Northern Minnesota for Krueger).  They both have ties to Native American tribes.  Despite this, I find that I really prefer one author over the other and I'm trying to figure out why.

If you've read at least one book from either the Cork O'Connor or Alex McKnight series, step in and give your impression of each.  Also, do you prefer one series over the other? Why?  Have you ever imbibed a Molson Canadian?  Is it really that much better than American beer?  And what's up with all the milk and cookies?

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 1:37 PM ET
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I have only read Cold Day in Paradise from SH. So I can't debate with you yet LeeAnne. Why do you prefer one over the other and which one do you prefer?

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 1:55 PM ET
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And I've only read WKK, not Hamilton, so can't do any sort of comparison either. And I've quit reading Krueger after a few books AND giving him two or three second chances, so I fear I would be biased going into any such discussion.

Molson...meh. It's not that much better than American beer...if you are talking mass-produced American beer like Bud or Miller or Coors, almost everything (including warm cat pee) is probably better. LOL However, there are some wonderful American-made craft/micro brews.


Date Posted: 12/3/2011 4:07 PM ET
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I am nearly "caught up" with both series and I find that I really like Hamilton's series better. Maybe (probably) a LOT better.   While Krueger has flashes of near brilliance with regard to his craft, especially early on,  I find him to be really annoying.  For some reason, I keep hearing Krueger the author intruding  on the story and inserting himself into it rather than Cork O'Connor.  I don't even know why I feel this way.  Weird.  I do know that after the "cliffhanger" at the end of the fourth or fifth book, I felt really angry that he (Krueger) was so manipulative.

As for Hamilton, he seems much more down to earth.  He puts his words out there as if to say "it is what it is". He is an excellent writer and he reminds me a lot of C.J.Box and Craig Johnson.  I always feel like Krueger is leadig me to a conclusion rather than letting me find it. He comes across as much more contrived to me.

Eh.  I'm rambling.  I just finished a book by Hamilton and I'm a third of the way through the 11th Krueger book so they have me thinking and comparing.  I think that Krueger probably has a larger readership but between these two, I'm not certain it's deserved. Just my opinion. :)