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Die a Stranger by Steve Hamilton
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Jul 12, 2012

Read in July, 2012

Die a Stranger, by Steve Hamilton, a-minus, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

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 with marijuanaand it is sold in the lower 48 states for great profit. The war has risen to new levels when one gang highjacks the plane of another gang and takes over their drug racket. Alex becomes involved because his best friend, Vinnie LeBlanc,an Ojibwa Indian and a blackjack dealer at the casino, turns up missing. He has never missed a day of work but he’s gone. As time goes on, Alex learns that Vinnie’s cousin, Buck got himself involved with these drug gangsters and when the shooting started he panicked and called Vinnie to come and get him. Buck and Vinnie were captured. Then Vinnie’s father, imprisoned for the last 30 years, shows up because he’s heard that Vinnie is missing, and he and Alex set off to find him. A steady stream of terror and captures and escapes follow. The background to all of this is the relationship Alex and Vinnie have, and Alex’s relationship to the rest of the Indians. Very good.

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