A Night Too Dark is New York Times best-selling writer Dana Stabenow’s latest, the 17th in a series chronicling life, death, love, tragedy, mischief, controversy, nature, and survival in Alaska, America’s last real frontier.
In Alaska, people disappear every day. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak’s Park, they’ve been disappearing a lot lately. Hikers head into the wilderness unprepared and get lost. Miners quit without notice at the busy Suulutaq Mine. Suicides leave farewell notes and vanish.
Not only are Park rats disappearing at an alarming rate, but so is life in the Park as Kate knows it. Alaska state trooper Jim Chopin’s workload has increased to where he doesn’t make it home three nights out of four; the controversial mine has seduced Johnny and his classmates with summer jobs and divided the Niniltna Native Association—the aunties are to a woman selling out—and a hostile environmental activist organization has embraced the Suulutaq Mine as their reason for being. It’s almost a relief when Kate finds a body. This she can handle. Until the identity of the body vanishes, too.
In this latest Kate Shugak novel, the smart, sexy P.I., her wolf/husky hybrid Mutt, and Chopper Jim are only just beginning to realize the fallout from the discovery of the world’s second-largest gold mine in their backyard. “Mine change everything,” Auntie Vi said in Whisper to the Blood (the previous book in the series and the first to hit the New York Times best seller list). And it’s only just beginning.
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©2010 Dana Stabenow (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
I really enjoyed this book. Great Humor, romance, quirky who dunnit twists and great characters. I had originally started this series on the 11th book and got hooked so I went back to the 1st one and have listened to them all. I've come to enjoy Marguerite Gavin's interpretations of each character.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I keep returning to these books despite the fact that they are up and down in quality and at times I have been completely disappointed. Why? Because I love the premise. I love the small group of characters who live in the park featured in the series. Old Sam, the Aunties, Jim, Johnny, Dinah, Katya and especially Bobby. These characters are unique, funny, stubborn, loyal, mysterious and intriguing. I also love the setting. Alaska has its own life and stands as its own character... and the books in the series that warrant an above average rating are those that focus on the craziness of life in the park. This installment does some of that -- not enough for my liking, but enough to give her 3.3 stars.
I liked this book. It's the kind of book you want to read while you're curled up by the fire on a cold winter day. It's not horrifying or erotic, just a smooth read. The author uses enough 'color' in her verbiage to keep you wanting to read more.
this book has to many Kate said, Jim said, Kate said and then Jim said again. etc..... my first read of this author and will probably be my last. I only finished it because I didn't want to WASTE my money... actually stopped toward the end to find something else More interesting..then went back to it to drag thru the ending..
Stabenow never fails to intrigue, surprise and entertain me with her beautifully crafted novels. Though each book is richly satisfying, she has always left me hungry for the next entry in this series.
I have read many books by this author which I enjoyed very much. However, this book was a big disappointment. It is not up to her usual standards. Still love audible though and will be buying a bunch more.
Loved the exciting and unpredictable plot set with exacting detail of Alaskan bush life,. Dana Stabenow writes with love for the land, the people and the way of life.
I've listened to all the Kate Shugak books up to 17, but I'm thinking this series has run its course and Dana has lost her touch. There just wasn't enough personal storyline about Kate. It was mostly impersonal stuff about her case, and I found myself drifting off all the time. I haven't decided if I'll listen to anymore in this series.
Stabenow does such a great job with character development, making you feel like these are your friends.
I found this book very slow moving with a very weak plot. In no way do you get the sense of knowing the characters as they are not developed to any extent. The people of Alaska are portrayed as uneducated and have to use profanity to express themselves. I kept hoping that the story would improve but that just did not happen. Save yourself a credit and having to listen to ten hours of gutter trash language.
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