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Die a Stranger (Alex McKnight Series #9)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The newest novel in the wonderful Alex McKnight series by Steve

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 i...
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 Detroit, has been living for years in the town of Paradise, where his father had built several cabins for rental to hunters and winter recreationers, lives in one of those cabins, just down the road from Vinnie, had moved off the rez years before. Much is made of the clannish nature of the folks on the rez, and how difficult it is for ‘outsiders’ to be trusted. Vinnie has never been allowed to forget that he is now an outsider, just as he has never forgotten that his father had left thirty years before, the same father apparently still in prison for a vehicular manslaughter/drunk driving incident.many years ago, the reason Vinnie himself never drinks.

At the same time, at a little airport three hundred miles away, an event occurs that will effect their lives and those of several others when a small plane holding large quantities of high-grade marijuana lands, precipitating a hijacking which ends with several dead bodies left on the field, only one man making it out alive. Both Alex and Vinnie become deeply involved in the aftermath: Vinnie disappears, and Alex is determined to find him and to discover how he what part, if any, he played in this.

The Upper Peninsula is again brought vividly to life by this author who, along with fellow Yooper William Kent Krueger, seems to completely “own” this part of the United States, just below the Canadian border, in their fictional endeavors. Mr. Hamilton’s description, in part: “It may be July, and it may feel like summer just got here, but the end is already on its way. The cold, the snow, the ice, the natural basic state of this place, it is right around the corner. . . It was another goddamned beautiful useless day in Paradise.” The book veers south to perhaps a lesser-known part of the State apparently called Michigan’s Gold Coast, with towns such a Petoskey and Charlevoix where one soon feels “like you’re in the middle of Times Square,” also beautifully evoked.

This is another terrific entry in the series, beautifully written, as usual, with a somewhat intricate, suspenseful plot and wonderfully drawn characters, and it is highly recommended.

posted by gloriafeit on December 3, 2012

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Terrible tale thats all over the place with unplausible situatio

Terrible tale thats all over the place with unplausible situations and .at all too many, times,boring narrative.My one and only experience with Mr. Mcknight. It's one of those novels you struggle through and look forward to finishing so you can read something better.

posted by Mikeeman on September 10, 2012

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

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    The newest novel in the wonderful Alex McKnight series by Steve

    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 Detroit, has been living for years in the town of Paradise, where his father had built several cabins for rental to hunters and winter recreationers, lives in one of those cabins, just down the road from Vinnie, had moved off the rez years before. Much is made of the clannish nature of the folks on the rez, and how difficult it is for ‘outsiders’ to be trusted. Vinnie has never been allowed to forget that he is now an outsider, just as he has never forgotten that his father had left thirty years before, the same father apparently still in prison for a vehicular manslaughter/drunk driving incident.many years ago, the reason Vinnie himself never drinks.

    At the same time, at a little airport three hundred miles away, an event occurs that will effect their lives and those of several others when a small plane holding large quantities of high-grade marijuana lands, precipitating a hijacking which ends with several dead bodies left on the field, only one man making it out alive. Both Alex and Vinnie become deeply involved in the aftermath: Vinnie disappears, and Alex is determined to find him and to discover how he what part, if any, he played in this.

    The Upper Peninsula is again brought vividly to life by this author who, along with fellow Yooper William Kent Krueger, seems to completely “own” this part of the United States, just below the Canadian border, in their fictional endeavors. Mr. Hamilton’s description, in part: “It may be July, and it may feel like summer just got here, but the end is already on its way. The cold, the snow, the ice, the natural basic state of this place, it is right around the corner. . . It was another goddamned beautiful useless day in Paradise.” The book veers south to perhaps a lesser-known part of the State apparently called Michigan’s Gold Coast, with towns such a Petoskey and Charlevoix where one soon feels “like you’re in the middle of Times Square,” also beautifully evoked.

    This is another terrific entry in the series, beautifully written, as usual, with a somewhat intricate, suspenseful plot and wonderfully drawn characters, and it is highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Love It!!!

    The Alex McKnight series books are full of twists & turns. By the 2nd book you feel like you know him personally. Steve Hamilton does an awesome job!! Gotta read these books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Great

    It was great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Great Series.?

    A must read if you like the McKnight Series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 31, 2012

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    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    Another winner

    Another winner from Steve Hamilton, with his Alex McKnight series. It's always interesting when Alex gets involved in his "cases" . He is like a dog with a bone and will not let go until he's got all the answers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    a very satisfying tale

    I so look forward to the next book in this series, as I always know it will be enjoyable and well written.
    This one was just a jewel, thank you Mr Hamilton

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Good read

    Like all in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Latest Alex McNight novel is gripping and moves right along - en

    Latest Alex McNight novel is gripping and moves right along - ending is exciting and ties the story nicely together

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    Posted October 5, 2013

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