Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel

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Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel

by Steve Hamilton

St. Martin's Press | July 3, 2012 | Hardcover

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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 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 help but be worried. There's a deadly crime war creeping into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, leaving bodies in its wake, and Alex wouldn''t think for a minute that his friend could be involved. But when an unexpected and unwelcome stranger arrives in town, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.

Two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton returns with thid outstanding new novel--perhaps his boldest book yet.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.54 × 6.39 × 1.25 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312640218

ISBN - 13: 9780312640217

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Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel

by Steve Hamilton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.54 × 6.39 × 1.25 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312640218

ISBN - 13: 9780312640217

About the Book

The newest novel by two-time Edgar award-winner and "New York Times"-bestselling author Hamilton about a mysterious plane on a deserted Upper Peninsula airstrip filled with five dead bodies.

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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 in plastic bags. The plane’s transponder is turned off. The pilot is flying by sight only. At such a low altitude he is undetectable by radar. As he approaches the airstrip in Sandusky, Michigan, he can barely make out the dark runway. It’s a tiny airport, after all, and it’s been closed for hours. But he does the one simple thing that all pilots know how to do. He keys the microphone five times in a row on the ARCAL frequency. That sends the automatic signal to the beacon on the ground, which then turns on the approach lights, the runway edge lights, and the taxiways. These lights will remain on for exactly fifteen minutes. More than enough time to land and then to take off again. It’s one part of a simple, perfect plan. A truck is waiting next to the runway, with its lights off. The two men in the truck will transfer the bags to the back of the truck. Working quickly, they can do this in under three minutes. This is also part of the plan. Just as simple and just as perfect. Except that the two men in the truck are not the two men the pilot is expecting. That’s where the simple, perfect plan begins to break down. You can only imagine the pilot’s surprise when he lands and finds two strangers
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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 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 help but be worried. There's a deadly crime war creeping into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, leaving bodies in its wake, and Alex wouldn''t think for a minute that his friend could be involved. But when an unexpected and unwelcome stranger arrives in town, Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.

Two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton returns with thid outstanding new novel--perhaps his boldest book yet.

About the Author

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.

Editorial 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
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