The Stranger House

The Stranger House

By Reginald Hill

Avon Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780060821425, 470pp.

Publication Date: August 29, 2006


For more than five hundred years weary travelers have been coming to the Stranger House—an out-of-the-way inn in the tiny village of Illthwaite in Cumbria, England. Now two very different visitors have arrived here onthe same dank and dreary autumn afternoon, each one driven by curiosity . . . and perilous purpose.

Australian math wizard Samantha "Sam" Flood is here searching for answers to a disturbing family mystery. Miguel Madero, former novice priest-turned-historical scholar, is exploring the links between an ancestor's bizarre disappearance and the people of Illthwaite. But Sam and Mig are not welcome in this town of secrets and silences. And when their personal quests become strangely intertwined, two determined seekers will find themselves drawn ever deeper into a fetid morass of deceit, mystery, and violence as they race to uncover the shocking truth about who they really are.

About the Author
Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.

Praise For The Stranger House

“Suspense master Hill brings together...winning, spontaneous and blood-real characters.”
-Kirkus Reviews

-Publishers Weekly

“A stellar stand-alone packed with compelling characters, provocative plot twists, and a potent sense of place.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Hill is one of the masters of the genre.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News

“Hill is one of the masters of the genre.”
-Rocky Mountain News

“Hill...captures his characters’ contrasting viewpoints brilliantly.”
-Denver Post