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Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight #9)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,507 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Brilliance Audio
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Larry Hoffer
While reading Steve Hamilton's ninth mystery featuring Michigan ex-cop Alex McKnight, all I kept thinking was, "Why isn't Steve Hamilton more of a household name?" Having read every one of his books, I always walk away immensely satisfied by the depth of his characters, the complexity with which he imbues every plotline, and the emotions he touches on. That's a rare feat.

Alex McKnight lives in the small Upper Peninsula town of Paradise. Constantly living with the reminder of being shot as a poli
I have enjoyed 10 novels by this author prior to this current book. I have to say that this one is tiresome.

Alex McKnight, the continuing character, is a retired Detroit policeman. He has a PI license that he rarely uses. He rents out cabins (that his father built long ago and he rebuilds after a fire) in the Upper Peninsula (UP) in Michigan. I like the setting (in the vicinity of Lake Superior). It reminds me of William Kent Krueger novels, featuring Cork O’Connor, located in northern Minnesot
Dan Stinton
Free books make me happy! Once again thank you to the folks at Goodreads and St Martins Press for the advanced copy of "Die a Stranger" through the first reads program.
I started reading Steve Hamilton back in 1998 after the release of "Cold Day in Paradise" for no better reason than I had a friend by the same name (still do). I was pleasantly surprised and remain a faithful reader. The highlight of his bibliography, in my opinion, was 2009's wonderful "The Lock Artist".
"Die a Stranger" is the st
Donald Baker

Two stars means "it was OK".

And it was. This was not the weakest book of the series but ranks right next to it. For a good part of the book it was simply two guys driving around MI looking for two other guys. It was maddening. When the author finally dropped that, the story picked up a bit. In all, there was little mystery or suspense. The dialogue stalls quite a lot and is downright inane in places. This author has continuing issues with dialogue in many of his books. Not a strong poin
Won this on a GoodReads Giveaway! Starting today, I think this will be a good one.

I really wanted to like this book, I did. It just wasn't that great. I feel bad because I won this book and want to be nice, but, alas...

There was no suspense. It was just a story about two guys trying to find thei friend/son, so it was kind of boring. These two don't run into a lot of problems and when they do there is nothing that leads up to the action, if you can even call it action.

The author would have done b
Synopsis: Alex's buddy Vinnie, an Ojibwa tribal member and recovering alcoholic, disappears after his mother passes away and he relapses with several drinks. Alex must find what happened to him and if it has anything to do with several men being killed in a drug trade that Vinnie's name has come up with. To make matters worse, a man has just shown up claiming to be Vinnie's father, which is funny since Vinnie was told all his life that his father was dead. Alex must figure everything out before ...more
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My earliest foray into mystery fiction involved the usual: Hammett, Chandler, Thompson—i.e. the progenitors of the hardboiled and noir. Although I still love this sub-genre, I find too many novels these days try and mimic the style instead of progressing it. Lucky for me Steve Hamilton is here to light the way. The Alex McKnight series has been one of my newest and best discoveries. Instead of the gritty urban settings of similar greats (Connelly, Estleman, Crais, etc.), McKnight operates in the ...more
Not only is this a heart-stopping crime fiction tale, but it is also a revealing time inside the world of Michigan Ojibwa culture in our days. The awareness of how men's friendships and alliances work is a rare gift, like this moment: "We got over it the way men get over things, not by talking things out heart to heart but by working on something together." And an unusual glimpse into male confusion and weakness in an alien culture: "Damn it all. That feeling of being the outsider, of being tota ...more
I blame myself for my disappointment with this novel. Not that I had unreal expectations but that I had expectations at all proved to be an issue.

I was expecting crime/investigative thriller but after reading I would consider this a cozy mystery.

I've never read this author or series before. Never heard of it I don't believe. It was by chance; a casual browse off the library audiobook shelf and my need to fill roadtrip audio airspace in my car. I knew pretty early on that I was now dealing with
Great story. Really enjoyed reading it. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, so was very interested with the references made by Steve regarding specific locations and information on Sault Ste. Marie. I will be reading more of Steve Hamilton's books as they come out.
Lynette Barfield
I have read all 10 of Hamilton's books. That says something right there. They are enjoyable, what I call lightweight suspense, that hold your interest with intriguing characters and plots. I recommend these books to everyone.
I enjoyed the last week with Alex along for my daily commute. Even with some not so great secondary character voices on the audio, this was a really good book, one of the best in the Alex McKnight series. What a wild ride it was. The ending left me with much to consider, and things I don't want to imagine. I love the way we enter the UP area and are immersed in the setting with this series, and into a story of greed and loyalty; topical and yet timeless as we follow Alex as he searches for the t ...more
this is the series where the cop who had been shot twice, one bullet still in his chest , owns a bunch of cabins in a cold state by Canada and the Indian man has one cabin on his road. he goes to the local bar for food and beer every day

the Indian man went missing after his mother died. his long gone dad who was in prison most of his life shows up and the x cop and dad go looking for him

there was a plane running pot from Canada to us that had a shoot out killed the pilot. the pilots brother was
Gail Cooke
Talk about multi-talented fellows - Dan John Miller is known for his film work, is the lead guitarist and vocalist for a band, and has received accolades for his voice work. It has been said that he “always expertly captures the emotional heart of a novel with his audiobook performances...How does he do it? "I want to get into the mindset of the author," Miller says. "The book is someone else's work of art, and I want to respect that."

Well said and Die A Stranger is extremely well read as ace
Ray Palen
Steve Hamilton’s ninth novel in the terrific Alex McKnight series starts off with a bang. The night of his mother’s funeral, Alex’s best friend --- Vinnie Leblanc goes missing. What makes Alex particularly concerned is that he found out about a deadly shoot-out at the local airstrip which left five unnamed bodies behind and Vinnie may have been involved!

Vinnie, a reclusive Ojibwa Indian living off reservation in one of his friend Alex’s cabins, is not prone to drinking or any form of reckless be
Kathleen Hagen
Die a Stranger, by Steve Hamilton, a-minus, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

This is the ninth in the Alex McKnight series. Alex, a former cop, with a private eye license and a number of cabins in a fishing camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, hears about a private plane landing at a nearby small airport, and the next morning five bodies are found. Everyone figures it’s the latest in the drug wars where planes come in from Canada loaded w
Gloria Feit
The newest novel in the wonderful Alex McKnight series by Steve Hamilton starts
out, as do most of them, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The residents of the area, referred to as the “land of the Yoopers,” consist heavily of Native Americans, most of them living in the reservations in that part of the country. As the book opens, Vinnie Red Sky LeBlanc, an Ojibwa Indian who is probably Alex’ best friend, is mourning the death of his mother, a legend on the “rez.” Alex, a former cop from Detro
My ARC copy came today! Review to follow.
6/17 Finished. I'm happy I was able to obtain an ARC book in this series, otherwise I might have never discoverd it. The story centers around the disappearance of Alex McKnight's best friend Vinne. A mysterious stranger comes to Alex's aid in finding Vinnie, and that's when trouble starts in Paradise(yup, that is the town's name) The story behind the disappearance of Vinnie really kept me reading and up at night. Gangseters, hippie gansters(?!), drug trad
DIE A STRANGER holds true to the traditions of the preceding Alex McKnight novels. Set exclusively in Michigan, much of it in the upper peninsula, the story begins with what our culture insists on calling a Drug Deal Gone Bad (What's a "good" drug deal, I always wonder...) when a plane flying high-grade Canadian marijuana (Who knew?) is intercepted by a rival drug dealer, the pilot and contact people killed. An Ojibwa man sees the crime and becomes a target for the criminals. When he seeks the a ...more
This is the ninth book in Steve Hamilton's terrific series about Alex McKnight, an ex-cop who lives a quiet life in Paradise, northern Michigan. At the centre of this story is his friendship with Ojibwa Indian Vinnie LeBlanc, who abruptly disappears while grieving the death of his mother. Alex is concerned and becomes more so when he realises there may be a connection between Vinnie's disappearance and a local drug smuggling operation which has gone violently wrong. He teams up with a long lost ...more
#9 in the Alex McKnight series. Alex is a Detroit cop, retired after a shootout left him with a bullet near his heart, and now renting cabins in Paradise on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Alex also has an inactive P.I. license but the inactivity doesn't stop him from getting involved in situations where his police background may come in handy. In this outing, Alex takes an introspective moment to realize that he has only two living friends and half of them are missing.

Alex McKnight's best friend V
Robin Jonathan Deutsch
I have written this before: Hamiltion's The Lock Artist was brilliant, a masterpiece. It's hard to fathom that the same writer churned this out. Alex McKnight and the whole cabin rental, trouble in Paradise thing has worn thin. The first few -- and I've read all -- were good. The last few, including this, just aren't good. Die A Stranger reads like it was done quickly ... ah, I don't want to hammer the novel, so I'll simply say I'll likely pass on No. 10 in the series, if there is one.
I put this in the same category as Robert Crais and Sara Paretsky - I read them all yet when the next one comes out I probably won't remember what this one was about. I am not complaining because while reading each of their mysteries I am totally captivated by what is going on and how it is going to turn out. VI, Elvis and Pike, and Alex are well rounded, interesting, brave, and complicated characters - if you are in trouble you want one of them to help. I look forward to the next book in the se ...more
What an amazing writer. Not one word wasted and the depth of the characters, priceless. Hamilton is on my top five best writers. This was the ninth book in his Alex McKnight series. Alex an ex-cop from Detroit now lives in the UP of Michigan in the woods where he rents out cabins to tourist. His friend Vinnie a Ojibwa has gone missing and Alex will do what-ever it takes to find him. This is a story of tragedy and redemption.
Is there anything better than one of your half-dozen favorite writers writing a new book and it being a really good one? Not to me, and Hamilton is one of my favorites and this was the best of his mystery series since (er, that one at the fishing resort up in Canada, whichever that one was). It's definitely a page-turner. I could not stop reading. I was hungry and shoved that thought aside and kept turning pages for five hours. I took the book into the loo with me--that's my highest praise, when ...more
Katherine Clark
I love this series, and I was glad to remember to check if there were any more books since I read the last one, and was thrilled to find 2 more. In this one, we get deeper into Alex's friendship with Vinnie and Alex's own sense of loneliness. The ending was a bit over the top for me which lost it the fourth star, but I love Alex's living situation and most of his choices.
Steve writes a great mystery series but to be honest I love him especially because his tales are set in Michigan's UP. He's always meticulous with his geography--giving mile by mile descriptions and history for those of us who are condemned to spend most of lives below the bridge (we're trolls) I was well into this book when I thought he was going to fail me. Where were the descriptions that I count on when I'm not actually up there? I shouldn't have doubted him. He gave me something even better ...more
This is a pretty good entry in Hamilton's Alex McKnight series, but there were a couple of unlikely plot elements and some loose ends that I found distracting. I did think that the book had a strong finish. This seems to me to be a series best read in order if you are going to have the best sense of the characters and setting of each story.
Great yarn of redemption and misunderstandings.Alex is caried along for the ride of circumstances, bad timing, old secrets and family troubles of his friend Vinnie. Vinnie is one of my favorite characters and while he is the lynchpin of this story he spends most of it either missing or unconscious. Still it is a heartwrenching conclusion and worth the trip.
Georgiann Hennelly
One night a plane landed in a deserted Upper peninsula airstrip, next morning five dead bodies are found. The eveidence suggests that these murders are the beginning of something bigger, but that Vinnie Alex Mc Knights friend maybe a part of it. Alex knows he needs to find Vinnie before its to late. Vinnie LeBlanc is an Ojibwa tribal member, and a black jack dealer at the Bay Mills casino, and he is Alexs best friend. So when he goes missing, Alex can't help but be worried. There's a deadly crim ...more
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