Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow. A Park ranger with powerful relatives is missing, and now the investigator Jack sent in to look for him is missing, too.
Reluctantly, Kate, along with Mutt, her half-wolf, half-husky sidekick, leaves her wilderness refuge to follow a frozen trail through the Park, twenty thousand square miles of mountain and tundra sparsely populated with hunters, fishermen, trappers, mushers, pilots and homesteaders. Her formidable grandmother and Native chief, Ekaterina Shugak, is — for reasons of her own — against Kate’s investigation; her cousin, Martin, may be Kate’s prime suspect; and the local trooper, Jim Chopin, is more interested in Kate than in her investigation. In the end, the sanctuary she sought after five and a half years in the urban jungles may prove more lethal than anything she left behind in the city streets of Anchorage.
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©2011 Dana Stabenow (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
It is a great book, any book with Kate in it is a good read
It is easy to understand why this story and author won an Edgar award. The story is lively, with interesting character development, very fine depiction of the characters' environment and the cultural and legal battles of the early 90s in an Alaskan park. Tying in murders to these battles, with plenty of action and local color produces a story that is refreshing. The reader will want to read more stories about Kate and Jack. This is my first read of a Stabenow novel and I will read more of them.
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Kate had quit her previous job of investigating sex crimes. The last sex crime she had solved, proved to be her undoing. Kate retreated to a cabin, further into the wilds of Alaska, that her father had left to her.
Jack Morgan, ex-FBI, now the DA, knowing Kate's good investigative skills, approaches Kate to ask for her help in tracking down two men who have been lost in the forest. Kate and Jack were ex-lovers and their relationship ended 14 months ago, at the same time that her job ended.
Kate reluctantly agrees to search for the lost Park Ranger and an investigator, from the FBI, who went into the dense forest to search for the Forest Ranger.
The mystery was good but not filled with action nor suspense. The book was short but not one that I finished in one sitting. I'm accustomed to series written by Tom Clancy, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Daniel Silva and Brad Thor, to name a few. These books keep me on the edge of my seat, wanting to listen for more. The Kate Shugak Mysteries are good but lack the drama and adrenaline rush I'm used to. The language is definitely not as bad as other books but that's not to say it doesn't have any four letter words sprinkled throughout the book. The narrator did a good job but he lacked enthusiasm. I was given the beginning's of a learning experience about Alaska and the beginning's of industry trying to invade its wilderness. The book was a soft mystery that had a good story-line and the ending was good.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Kay Shugak is a no nonsense Alaskan born girl who has retired from the Anchorage D.A.'s office, where she worked as a sex crime investigator. During her last assignment she was almost killed while investigating a child abuser and was left with a severe scar around her neck as a reminder. That was it, she went off the grid into the far back woods of Alaska, no utilities provided but she still manages to live very comfortably with her best friend, Mutt, a large Husky/Wolf.
Kate's ex boss arrives one day in her compound and asks her to take on a missing person case of a congressmen's son. She knows all the locals and feels pressured, after a little prodding she decides its probably time to get back into society anyway. As she gets deeper into the investigation she starts to realize it is much more than a missing person case.
I read the second book in this series, A Fatal Thaw, which was very good and the story was fast and realistic. I like to start a series with the first book so this was a must read. I actually liked book two better, this was a bit to rudimentary comparatively, but the story did get better toward the end where it picked up and became more interesting.
I will probably read more in this series. The narration got better as the story went along and was even better in the next book.
I've been intrigued by some of the other books in the series. It was highly recommended to me that I read the first few books to learn the background of Kate Shugak. I didn't find the story to be all that suspensful.
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it instead of listened to it. I thought the narrator's voice didn't suit what I thought the protagonist should sound like. Kate seemed to be a no-nonsense country gal with an injury to her throat. Her voice should have been husky at the very least. I was distracted by Marguerite Gavin's interpretation, so much so that I didn't focus on the story the way I should have.
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I have enjoyed book/audiobook along with suggesting it to my friends and family. I not only Facebook/Share it, I copy and paste the information in my emails to non FB family/friends. I am more often drawn to series that explore the actual historical values of the area written about, ie - Alaskian history and the Aleut historical culture that is weaved throughout the suspense of the murder and intrigue. The author has developed Kate's circle of family and friends along with her own trauma which keeps the plots moving.
I would actually compare the book style to Thomas Perry's to " Jane Whitefield Series" because he also writes about the historical & cultural values of the area and the native American Indians. Both are the kind of series that you read and then start from the beginning and RE - READ it again.
Kate of course is # 1. Mutt is ranking # 1 also...They are a pair..
That is a very hard question because I couldn't put it down.
I found one of the audiobook/books at the San Antonio Public Library on line and was hooked.
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