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Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel (edition 2012)

by Steve Hamilton

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Title:Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel
Authors:Steve Hamilton
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:mystery, sourceHCPL, fr@201210

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Steve Hamilton is just getting better and better at his craft even as he chooses to go beyond just the "mystery" story and focus and the lives of the main characters in his stories. This book sees Alex McKnight, reluctant private eye, searching high and low for his friend Vinnie LeBlanc, who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances involving his cousin, Buck and a botched drug deal that caused a few deaths. Out of the blue, Vinnie's long lost father Lou appears, and both of the searchers form a bond while traveling across the Great Lakes territory following thin lead after thin lead. On the way, Alex learns a lot about Lou, Vinnie's father and how he came to be estranged from the family, as well as how far a father's love will go to save a son, as well as his own sense of family and loss.

Being from Michigan, these books are even more interesting. I remember visiting some of the places that Steve Hamilton writes about, so could really picture the scenes. Die a Stranger was suspenseful from beginning to end and certainly an enjoyable read.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
AUTHOR: Hamilton, Steve
TITLE: Die a Stranger
DATE READ: 01/25/2016
RATING: 5/A
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction/ 2012 / St. Martin's / 277 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #9 Alex McKnight
CHARACTERS Alex McKnight / private detective
TIME/PLACE: 2012 / UP, MI
FIRST LINES On a clear warm night in June, a small airplane is flying low over Lake Huron.
COMMENTS: Steve Hamilton is another "sure thing" for me -- great book! Alex's best friend Vinnie Le Blanc goes missing along w/ Buck Carrick. Vinnie's mother recently passed and he has been acting strange… A small Canadian plane has delivered weed to small airport and leaves behind several dead… Buck was the only one left alive. Alex is assisted by Lou LeBlanc, Vinnie's father who has been the guest of Nevada's penitentiary system for the last 2 decades. Riveting read. ( )
  pammykn | Jan 25, 2016 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
What seems to be an extended road trip around Michigan explodes into action in the last third of this new Alex McKnight novel. Steve Hamilton does an excellent job . ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
I won this from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

It took awhile for me to really get into this book. It was slow for about the first 80 pages and then it started getting pretty interesting. The last 100 pages though really grabbed me and it became very difficult for me to put the book down. I liked the way the story unfolded and even though the ending wasn't totally happy, it was very fitting and left me satisfied. I will have to look for other books in this Alex McKnight series by this author. ( )
  Barb_H | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Through his emotionally intelligent characterizations, McKnight transforms what could have been a mundane plot into a sensitive exploration of tragedy and redemption.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312640218, Hardcover)

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.

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"A plane lands in a deserted Upper Peninsula airstrip one night, and five dead bodies are found the next morning. The evidence suggests that not only are these murders the beginning of something bigger, but that Alex McKnight's friend Vinnie may be part of it. Alex knows he needs to find him before it's too late. Vinnie LeBlanc is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex's best friend. He's certainly come through for Alex more than once in the past, so when he goes missing, Alex can't help but be worried. There's a deadly crime war creeping into the Upper Peninsula, leaving bodies in its wake, and Alex never would have expected that his friend could be involved. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town also looking for Vinnie, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined. After his award-winning The Lock Artist and the New York Times bestseller Misery Bay, Hamilton kicks things up to the next level with this outstanding new novel in the beloved Alex McKnight series"--… (more)

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