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A Stranger Lies There (Tim Ryder #1)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
On a very hot morning in Southern California, Tim Ryder brings his coffee out to the front porch. Before he can take a sip, he sees the dead body of a young man laid out on his lawn. Neither Tim nor his wife, Deirdre, has ever seen the man before, but the youth's death stirs up unhappy memories of the lives they were living twenty years earlier.

Up to this point, they had
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 05, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
SETTING: Palm Springs
SERIES: Debut novel
RATING: 4.25

I'm not ordinarily very fond of amateur sleuth mysteries, but I have to say that A Stranger Lies There was a book I very much enjoyed. I was caught up in it from page 1, and it didn't release its grasp on me until page 304.

Tim Ryder and his wife, Deirdre, have been a part of a stable and nourishing relationship for over 20 years. While at college, Deirdre was a drug addict; but she overcame her habit and ultimately became
Sep 04, 2007 Kristin rated it liked it
This was a pretty interesting mystery. I wasn't that into it at first, but after a darker twist in the middle, I was curious to see how it would end. The writing style is simple but crisp and descriptive where needed. This is no "DaVinci Code," where the clues quickly lead to one astonishing development after another in the blink of an eye. There is a lot of time spent describing encounters and events that do not lead up to the ending, and aren't really important or frankly that interesting, but ...more
Aug 01, 2008 Joanne rated it did not like it
Interesting premise -- 1960s radical goes to jail, then finds dead guy on his front lawn, which digs up his past. But too violent for me.

Each chapter also has a small black and white photograph of part of a prone man's body, which is just distasteful.

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Stephen Santogrossi has been an electronics technician, a workers’ compensation claims adjuster, and a rock radio disk jockey in Palm Springs. He currently manages his wife’s psychology practice. He lives with his wife and daughter in Pomona, California.

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