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Die a Stranger

Book 9, Alex McKnight Novels

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Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning.

And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing.

Vinnie is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex McKnight’s best friend. He’s come through for Alex more than once in the past, and he never ever misses a day of work. So Alex can’t help but be worried. There’s a deadly crime war creeping into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, leaving bodies in its wake, and Alex wouldn't think for a minute that his friend could be involved. But when an unexpected and unwelcome stranger arrives in town, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.

Two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton returns with thid outstanding new novel--perhaps his boldest book yet.

From Publishers Weekly

May 07, 2012 – Every word counts in Edgar-winner Hamilton s masterful ninth novel featuring ex-cop Alex McKnight (after 2011 s Misery Bay). McKnight, who rents out cabins on Michigan s Upper Peninsula, is trying to put his time in the Detroit PD behind him, while his best friend, Vinnie Red Sky LeBlanc, mourns the death of his mother, Hazel. Considered a mother to the entire Bay Mills Indian Community, Hazel mistook Vinnie shortly before her death for his estranged father. The older LeBlanc killed three people while driving drunk, a crime that made Vinnie a teetotaler. Given Vinnie s strong antipathy toward alcohol, McKnight is shocked to find his friend knocking back a few scotches in a bar one night. Vinnie s disappearance soon after may be connected with illegal smuggling across the porous Canadian border. Through his emotionally intelligent characterizations, McKnight transforms what could have been a mundane plot into a sensitive exploration of tragedy and redemption. Author tour.

Customer Reviews

Great read

Keep them coming! Another great read and adventure for Alex McNight!

Very Disappointing

I have read all the prior novels by Steve Hamilton, and I particularly enjoyed the eight previous Alex McKnight books. To me the action and dialogue of the supposedly familiar Paradise, MI characters just seem all out of kilter in this novel. It appears more like an author's attempt at developing those characters anew rather than a continuation of roles. Take the scenes where McKnight tussles with Vinnie's father (the primary weapon being a rolling pin, of all things!) and the subsequent meeting of Alex, Jackie and Vinnie's dad in the Glasgow tavern. The actions and dialogue reek of "Cheers meets F Troop," with Sam Mallone taking over for Alex McKnIght, the original Cheers bartender, Coach, now playing Jackie, and one of the F Troop indians playing the dad. Sad.

Another winner!

The Alex McKnight series by Steve Hamilton is a great series, and 'Die a Stranger' is yet another winner!

Good solid story, great characters, and Steve weaves a great yarn.

You simply can't go wrong with Steve Hamilton!

Die a Stranger
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Hard-Boiled
  • Published: Jul 03, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 9, Alex McKnight Novels
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