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Die a Stranger

Die a Stranger

An Alex McKnight Novel

Alex McKnight Novels (Volume 9)

Steve Hamilton

Minotaur Books

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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 a member of the Ojibwa Indian tribe and he just might be Alex McKnight's best friend. So Alex can't help but be worried when he disappears. There's a deadly crime war creeping into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Alex never would have thought that his friend could be involved. But after an unexpected stranger arrives in town, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.

The latest in Steve Hamilton's Edgar Award–winning series, Die a Stranger just might be his boldest book yet.

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CHAPTER ONE


On a clear, warm night in June, a small airplane is flying low over Lake Huron. It's a Cessna, a single-engine four-seater. The pilot is flying alone. The back of the plane is filled with the cargo, all wrapped up tight...

Reviews

Praise for Die a Stranger

“Masterful.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Hamilton] creates an ensemble of strong, believable characters and spins his suspenseful tale in crisp, hard-boiled prose. The result is a taut, fast-paced story with lots of gunplay and unexpected twists, along with a poignant subplot about the strained relationship between father and son.” —Associated Press

“Steve Hamilton keeps getting better and better, and in this latest Alex McKnight novel, he seems to have hit a fast-paced groove. This book is so spare and so elegantly assembled, it seems effortless. … This book has enough twists, emotional and otherwise, for me not to want to give away too much other than to say this is a powerful, and powerfully told, story by a writer who is at the peak of his narrative powers.” —AnnArbor.com

“In the latest of the Alex McKnight series, Steve Hamilton again demonstrates why he is one of the better authors at giving a sense of depth to the stage where his characters reside.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

“Hamilton does an excellent job creating strong, believable characters that are frequently put in violent, deadly situations. Deftly structuring his novel, the author slowly increases the tension while providing useful background information and offering societal insights into life on the reservation.” —Lansing State Journal

Die a Stranger is marvelously atmospheric with characters and locales so realistic, they jump off the pages. Alex is a flawed, but totally captivating, man whose principles are put to the test time and again. A great series!” —Fresh Fiction

“A master wordsmith…. His prose is not flowery, but is loaded with a quiet descriptive power that is easy to take for granted, so effortlessly does narrative slip across printed page. Hamilton makes it look easy, but I doubt it is.” —BookReporter.com

Die a Stranger is an excellent book in every way.” —Reviewing the Evidence

“Hamilton's plot is swift and dialogue driven, his observations skillfully linking setting and character.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“McKnight is tough as nails and inordinately lovable, with an unerring, offbeat moral compass and a dark, ironic funnybone.” —Chronogram

“Hamilton keeps us on edge to the very end. His writing is sharp, his characters have dimension, and his settings are richly authentic. Die a Stranger is, quite simply, a terrific yarn.” —Open Letters Monthly

“I'm often asked to recommend a detective series readers might have missed. This is it. Hamilton has been flying under the radar with his Alex McKnight series for too long.” —HARLAN COBEN

“A proven master of suspense.” —LEE CHILD

“I really like his main character, Alex McKnight, and I'm ready to revisit Paradise, Michigan.” —JAMES PATTERSON

“Already one of our best writers.” —LAURA LIPPMAN

“Hamilton writes tough, passionate novels.... This is crime writing at its very best.” —GEORGE PELECANOS

“Hamilton's compelling, vigorous prose doesn't allow the option of taking a break.” —Los Angeles Times

“Steve Hamilton writes the kind of stories that manly men and tough-minded women can't resist.” —The New York Times

“Hamilton . . . paints a rich and vivid portrait of a world where the chill in the air is often matched by that of the soul.” —The Providence Journal

“Hamilton gives us mysteries within mysteries as well as a hero who simply won't be beaten down.” —The Miami Herald

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About the author

Steve Hamilton

STEVE HAMILTON's first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before becoming a USA Today bestseller and winning both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His stand-alone novel, The Lock Artist, was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and then went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel, making him only the second author (after Ross Thomas) to win Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife and their two children.

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