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Die a Stranger (Alex McKnight #9)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,176 Ratings  ·  229 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 H
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this novel on my drive from Florida. While the subject matter is deep, Mr. Hamilton keeps things interesting and forward-moving. 6 of 10 stars
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Alex McNight series and Steve Hamilton is a fantastic writer and person, but this one simply isn't the best of the series. I can see the seeds of the Nick Mason series in the subtext and increased violence of this installment.
Tom Swift
This is a good series about a retired Detroit cop who moves up to northern Michigan, but trouble always seems to find him.
Dan Stinton
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: page-turner
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
William 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
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2012-reads
SETTING: Michigan
SERIES: #9 of 9
RATING: 4.75

Drug dealing operations originating out of Canada have become more and more creative. In the latest twist, drugs are being flown in to small airfields in Michigan. The plane lands, the drugs are unloaded, and the plane departs in a matter of minutes. But this time something has gone terribly wrong, with several of the local smugglers being killed. AnOjibwa Indian named Buck Carrick is somehow involved and has disappeared, poss
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