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Restless in the Grave | [Dana Stabenow]

Restless in the Grave

Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case. Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Dana Stabenow returns with her most outstanding novel yet, teaming up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time.

Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case.

Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years. After buying the closed Air Force base south of town from the federal government at a bargain-basement price, he became a fixed-base operator running his fishing, hunting, and flight-seeing business, servicing planes flying through the area, and most interestingly and lucratively, getting into the air freight business. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where? The answers involve Kate in her most challenging case to date, one that starts with murder and quickly sprawls into a much larger conspiracy ranging from the darkest family secrets to treason and beyond. Restless in the Grave is a treat for fans and another outstanding addition to Dana Stabenow’s acclaimed and award-winning series.

©2012 Dana Stabenow (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 03-16-12
    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 03-16-12
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    "Kate Shugak plus Liam Campbell!"

    In this primarily Kate Shugak story, Liam Campbell plays an important role, and we get a chance along the way to learn a bit of the Campbell back story that we hadn't gotten yet. The story overall takes place primarily in Campbell's town and revolves around the death of a pilot that turns out not to be an accident. Liam asks Kate (and Mutt, of course) to investigate because Liam's wife, Wyanet Chouinard, is a prime suspect.

    The dead pilot, Finn Grant, was a thoroughly unpleasant person with no shortage of suspects for his death, but someone doesn't want Kate to investigate, apparently, since she is attacked almost immediately upon arrival and stuffed in a chest freezer. With Mutt!

    Overall, an excellent addition to the Kate Shugak series. Very well read by Marguerite Gavin, as are all the Kate Shugak books. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lynda Edinburg, VA, United States 07-24-12
    lynda Edinburg, VA, United States 07-24-12

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    "Good story but recorded at wrong speed"

    After reading others in this series, the characters are like family, the stories of Alaska along with a bit of mystery, usually great fun but this was hard to listen to and enjoy because of the speed. I know this reader and how she usually portrays these characters and I don't think she could possibly read this fast. The characters voices were distorted. Couldn't this be slowed down to a normal pace?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 03-02-12
    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Wish The Narrator didn't speak so fast"
    Would you listen to Restless in the Grave again? Why?

    No I rarely listen to a book more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate she is always my favorite character


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the narrators voice, but unfortunately she spoke so fast it seemed to me that she just wanted to get it over. I will probably read Dana Stabenow's books from now on rather than listen to Marguerite Gavin.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The speed reading made me nervous.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTINE ASHLAND, OR, United States 02-28-12
    CHRISTINE ASHLAND, OR, United States 02-28-12
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    "Good story - grating narration"

    Rapid fire and mechanical sounding narration made this a difficult book to listen too and cut the enjoyment by plenty. The story was good, so I stuck with it, but I will definitely avoid this narrator in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States 11-29-12
    Laura Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States 11-29-12
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    "I can hardly wait for the next book in the series"

    I love, love, love these books and I will try to never miss one.
    I enjoyed listening to this book but I missed Jim Chopin. Kate can surely get herself into some tight spots, thank goodness for Mutt. What you learn about Alaska is amazing and the description of the country side is wonderful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark W. Bohrer Albuquerque, NM 02-04-13
    Mark W. Bohrer Albuquerque, NM 02-04-13

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    "Twisty Alaska Mystery Expertly Acted"
    What made the experience of listening to Restless in the Grave the most enjoyable?

    Marguerite Gavin should star in the movie version of Restless in the Grave. Her audio performance shows how tough it would be to cast her in any one role, though. She plays wise-ass, gruff or sweet when the story calls for it. Her reading flashes pictures in your head as the story unfolds, a hallmark of an expert storyteller.

    And the story could be direct from the headlines. I grew up in the Chicago area during the 1960s and 1970s, watching enough questionable politics to learn what power and emotions do to people. Dana Stabenow's story leads a tour through a small town's pride, greed, anger and larceny, with a scoop of movie star attraction and realistic police-blotter touches. That it's set in the U.S. state with the last remaining true wilderness and strong native culture is an incredible bonus.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Restless in the Grave?

    The climactic scene with an assault weapon wielded by a drunk teenager definitely stands out, in a book filled with vignettes of the real Alaska.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    Gavin can play anything. She does gruff state troopers, nail-hard tribal chairwomen, and emotionally-damaged detectives trying to raise adopted teenagers equally well. I'm surprised we haven't seen her on the stage or big screen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The blackmailing bush pilot everyone loves to hate murdered in Alaska.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great meeting of four strong characters from Dana Stabenow's two excellent book series. The incredible thing was that it took so long for Kate, Liam, Wy and Jim to share one story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie United States 03-10-12
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    Would you try another book from Dana Stabenow and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dana Stabenow again?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She spoke in a rapid fire tone without much emotion. I got bored with the narrator's voice - it wasn't particularly compelling. I liked the previous Stabenow narrator much better.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed with the plot. It was confusing: too many plot threads, and a lot of critical points seemed to involve the previous book in the series. Frankly, I was flummoxed by the ending... It seemed to be the surprise finale to another book. There were an annoyingly large number of unresolved plot points were left floating.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrative voice of the heroine, Kate Shugak, seems to have gotten smart-alecky and sarcastic. Kate seems to be jaded and has lost her sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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