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Life is a journey not a destination On the road of life adversity teaches the most valuable lessons The emotional outcome of ones choices always carries a heavy burden guilt exists a common feeling How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself Syrus 48 Guilt causes a multitude of different reactions In Steve Hamiltons novel and its sequel A Cold Day in Paradise and Winter of the Wolf Moon unresolved guilt burdens the protagonist Despite countless efforts to overcome this guilt he inevitably ends up in trouble with the law In both novels the protagonist Alex McKnight displays a guilty conscience by over-indulging in investigations which eventually casts suspicion on him until the truth appears Throughout both novels Alex McKnight appears affected by his unresolved guilt In A Cold Day in Paradise McKnights guilt emerges perceivable from the beginning of the story witnessing the tragic shooting of his partner Franklin at a crime scene in Detroit leaves Alex suffering After Franklin was killed I decided to trade in my badge for a much safer profession Hamilton 5 Alex unable to find forgiveness beats himself up for not protecting Franklin resulting in heavy guilt Chief Maven reinforces this guilt when he comments to McKnight Geez McKnight why didnt you go for your weapon when he first drew on you 90 McKnight cannot handle the heavy emotional drains of guilt in which the only way of dealing comes to alienating himself from the situation I needed to close my eyes and not see Franklin on the floor next to meI found the pills in the back of my medicine cabinet I took one and then another 22 Although he successfully attempts to suppress his guilt the sight of blood triggers flashbacks The blood unlocks this unforgettable memory I tried to stop the next image from coming into my mind but I could not I saw blood again A vast shivering red lake of blood 21
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