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
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.
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?
No I rarely listen to a book more than once.
Kate she is always my favorite character
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.
The speed reading made me nervous.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
The blackmailing bush pilot everyone loves to hate murdered in Alaska.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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