When he's found not guilty, Kate and Jim and the rest of Nilniltna, Alaska, are certain that a man has gotten away with murder, and that it's only a matter of time before he tries again. Sure enough, a few weeks later, a woman and her son are shot, the victims of an apparent robbery. But this time, Kate and Jim have a witness, and they're determined that Deem will not get away again. Or will he?
©2007 Dana Stabenow; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Kate Shugak is becoming a leader among her people and is already a leader in the sorority of women detectives." (Publishers Weekly)
"An engaging plot, the fascinating Native American frame, the well-developed characters, and the vivid depiction of the Alaskan wilderness add up to another strong entry in this consistently satisfying series." (Booklist)
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
It must be very difficult for Stabenow to write a bad mystery book, as she doesn't disappoint here. This book is a bit more sombre fare than some of the earlier Kate Shugak stories, perhaps because we get flashbacks to earlier deaths from the point of view of the victims. The setting is the Park, so we get further development of the Park Rats we have come to know through the previous volumes and we become invested in learning the outcome of the events. I recommend reading as many of the previous books as possible to get more out of this story.
Dunne did a good job with the narration; however, those who have become acclimated to Marguerite Gavin's narration of Stabenow's universe (both the Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell series) may be distracted by Dunne's rendition of the voices. I am fan of Dunne's other narrations (particularly of "The Sharing Knife" series), so I wasn't off put by her narration, although it did take an adjustment at the beginning of the book.
The change in narrator this far into the series made it difficult to objectively judge Bernadette Dunne. Margaret Gavin has become the voice of Kate. I stopped listening and thought I was finished with the series but I see that Gavin is back in the next book.
I've been a long time Kate Shugak fan -- this was a hard story line for me because of the treatment of young women. Still not sure how I feel about the ending…
Not sure - it is SO disorienting to have such a different performance in a long established series like this. The men especially are just, well, not very manly sounding and Johnny, is 15 now and pretty mature for his age and he sounds like and 8-year old! It's not a terrible performance - it's just too different.
When Louis Deem gets shot! Hooray! has anyone "needed killing" more??
No - I'm sure she is fine but it is unfair to judge when she is following someone who is so connected with this series!
I have actually read this before, so I already knew Mutt would be okay but my heart stopped the first time I read it!!! I love Dana Stabenow's books and especially the Kate Shugak books. I wish I could go to her homestead and hang out with her and Mutt :-) She is strong, fierce and independent. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and stands up for what she believes in - a GREAT role model!!
Yes. Another good book in the series.
All - simply enjoy the series.
Missed M. Gavin as narrator. Dunne is a good narrator, but M. Gavin is THE voice of the Sugak series!
Yes. I love the writing.
Vivid detail makes you feel like you know these characters personally. Alaska is as much a character as any of the people. It's fun to see the developing relationships in Kate's life.
She should have listened to at least one of the previous books. She does a mediocre job with the voices and intonation. She's not horrible but the change in narration was continually intrusive throughout the book -not just at the beginning. Not a lot of variation in the voices.
Dana's books always make me laugh and cry.
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