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The Stranger House (original 2005; edition 2006)
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Australian math wizard Samantha "Sam" Flood is here searching for answers to a disturbing family mystery. Miguel Madero, former novice priest-turned-historical scholar, is exploring the links between an ancestor's bizarre disappearance and the people of Illthwaite. But Sam and Mig are not welcome in this town of secrets and silences. And when their personal quests become strangely intertwined, two determined seekers will find themselves drawn ever deeper into a fetid morass of deceit, mystery, and violence as they race to uncover the shocking truth about who they really are.
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Things move slowly in the village of Illthwaite, but that changes when two strangers arrive in the village to dig up bits of the past locals would rather keep buried. The antipathy between Sam Flood and Miguel Madero is obvious but as they follow their separate quests their paths become increasingly entangled.
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