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A Stranger in Town

A Rockton Novel

by (author) Kelley Armstrong

Initial publish date
Nov 2021
Small Town & Rural
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
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    Nov 2021
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“As with the very best series in any genre, the real joy is revisiting people whose lives are still unfolding for us, in a place that feels remarkably real, yet not like anywhere we know….this is a series that covers all the bases.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch
Detective Casey Duncan has noticed fewer and fewer residents coming in to the hidden town of Rockton, and no extensions being granted. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, presumes it’s the natural flux of things, but Casey’s not so sure. It seems like something bigger is happening in the small town they call home.
When an injured hiker stumbles from the woods, someone who seems to have come to the Yukon for a wilderness vacation but instead is now fighting for her life, it’s all hands on deck. What – or who – attacked this woman, and why?
With the woman unconscious, and no leads, Casey and Eric don’t know where the threat is coming from. Plus, the residents of their deeply secretive town are uneasy with this stranger in their midst. Everyone in Rockton wants this mystery solved – and fast.
In the next riveting thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, the paranoia increases – along with the stakes – as the town of Rockton tries to solve the latest mystery at their door in A Stranger in Town.

About the author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Stranger in Town
“Armstrong’s unique setting and clever premise play pivotal roles in this multifaceted mystery, which satisfies as a self-contained puzzle and significantly advances the series’ arc. Abundant plot twists amplify tension, while poignant interactions between psychologically complex characters add heart and heft. Thriller fans seeking something different will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly
“Deeply mysterious and chillingly suspenseful.” —Booklist
Praise for The Rockton Novels
“Kelley Armstrong’s solid Casey Duncan Series… is turning into one of the best new finds of the decade . . . Slick plotting and good characters are hallmarks of this clever series." — The Globe and Mail
“Kelley Armstrong is incredible at writing atmosphere, and it’s on full display in her Casey Duncan series.” — Bustle
“There are small towns, and then there’s Rockton . . . The crimes they solve will keep readers guessing, while the remote setting adds to the suspense and heightens the sense of danger.” — BookBub
“Read one, and you will want to read the rest.” — BookPage
“Fans of the author who have not yet checked out the Rockton novels should do so, pronto.” — Booklist
“Fans of thrillers, small-town mysteries, and classic PI novels will be well pleased.” — Publishers Weekly

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