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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,505 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Stabenow Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariomedina | 2/20/2014

    " Surprisingly good. The whodunit is predictable, but the character development is what it's all about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/20/2014

    " First of the Kate Shugak series (which is now up to 15 and counting). It's a good series, based in Alaska, and evoking the wildness of the wilderness. Decent crime mysteries. The heroine is a native Alaskan who returned to 'the Park' after working for the DAs office in Ancorage and is now its unofficial private detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 2/16/2014

    " This mystery series, set in Alaska, has one of the best lead characters ever. Kate Shugak is intelligent, tough and sensitive.She investigates crimes for her community,a place and people she deeply loves.Read this book and you will be hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent Mystery. Kate is Detective that can't get away from her past--following a horrible investigation of a child molester gone life alteringly wrong, she lives by herself in her Alaskan, Aleut home. But her old boss Jack Morgan snowmobiles in to ask for her help on a missing ranger case, no one knows the territory like Kate as she grew up here and is related to most of the Park. This story introduces a culture I was unfamiliar with and I so enjoyed learning about it through Kate's eyes. Really interesting characters, written with an air of mystery through out--the perfect mystery and perfect beginning to a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 2/3/2014

    " Kate Shugak is an Aleut Indian living in Alaska. She has returned to her hometown after being attacked and killing a child abuser. Her grandmother wants her to become more involved in Indian affairs but Kate is resisting. A former detective for the DA, she now freelances. She is asked to help out when a man goes missing in the park and the officer sent in to find him goes missing as well. She must come to grips with the fact that she knows the killer personally. Good start to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/31/2014

    " murder mystery, takes place in Alaska...Not bad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaRaine P | 1/18/2014

    " The first book I read in the series. Got me hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/9/2014

    " Loved the Alaskan location and the colorful, independent characters! I will read more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/6/2014

    " Quick read! Does the job "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NVTony | 12/30/2013

    " Alaska has always been of interest. Found descriptions realistic as were characters. Liked lead character as had personality which fit with story. Mystery was good enough to keep me reading into late evening because I was intrigued by plot. Another excellent writing by Stabenow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/10/2013

    " A fun mystery. I have not read Dana Stabenow before, and it was a good read. I would read another by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dara Mccarroll harms | 10/25/2013

    " Wasn't my type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D Kaiser | 10/14/2013

    " This is another series, this one is Alaska. A bit more graphic than some of the others but I love the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slinkyboy | 4/18/2013

    " I'll be reading more of these. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 2/9/2013

    " I couldn't bring myself to go finish... a sad way to introduce Alaska to the mass reading public. Fake names for real places, generalizations galore, flat descriptions of breathtaking scenery... to say nothing about the poor understandings of Alaska's diverse Native peoples. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacinta | 12/3/2012

    " It felt like a good book with a couple of interesting characters and unexpected turns but something about the overall background bugged me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 12/2/2012

    " An interesting start to a great series. Kate is asked by the FBI to help investigate a missing park ranger. It leads to her almost being killed several times. Not as good as "Breakup," but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrie | 11/29/2012

    " Good story and great description of Alaska and the people who live there "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaija | 10/29/2012

    " It's a murder mystery. Nothing overly special about it, but set in Alaska which gives it a unique aspect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 10/28/2012

    " Cozy quickie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Dickison | 4/8/2012

    " Very good new series for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Moffa | 4/8/2012

    " Good, solid detective fiction. Alaska setting adds to the interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacia | 2/22/2012

    " Nice, short, solid mystery with interesting characters and a unique setting. I'll try a couple more in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antonette | 12/12/2011

    " Even though I love thrillers AND Alaska, this was not a fun book to read for me. Somehow, the wilderness and native culture of The Last Frontier just don't match with a crime book. And I didn't really like the main character. Probably my first and last Dana Stabenow... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed this first book in the Kate Shugak Mystery series. I love the setting and I love how the stories don't unfold prematurely. I'll definately be read ing more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/26/2011

    " I love Kate Shugak. I love books set in Alaska. I love mysteries. I'll definitely be reading more of this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabre | 11/22/2011

    " Had trouble getting into this. The premise had promise but the execution was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 9/22/2011

    " If you like reading murder mysteries, this one fits the bill. Set in Alaska, it brings to life the mind set of native Alaskans who are still struggling to live in today's world. Good suspense and easy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 9/17/2011

    " I really like the mixture of mystery, suspense and tribal life that Stabenow winds into her books. Happy to look for more. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 9/12/2011

    " I can't wait to read more of this series. The mystery kept me guessing and u enjoyed learning about Alaska at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Lake | 9/9/2011

    " Another one of my freebies off Amazon for my Kindle. A nice gentle read. Set in ALaska its very different from anything else I've ever read.A bit shorter than I realised but nevertheless a really good read and I wouldn't hesitate to read another one of hers soon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidiheskett | 9/7/2011

    " If you like the Anna Pigeon series, you will like Kate Shugak. Characters are unique and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zep | 9/1/2011

    " a very weird book. it's worth the time, as a very quick read, but it's not a great book, I wouldn't say. the best part (for me) was it's free as a kindle book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 8/29/2011

    " An enjoyable easy read. After watching many tv documentaries on Alaska, it was nice to read a book with a story set in Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/27/2011

    " Kate, a former investigator hiding out in the Park, is tasked to find out who killed a Park ranger and her investigator-boyfriend. I thought the relationships and emotions in this book were really well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 8/22/2011

    " Fun. Takes place in Alaska, although not the part where I traveled. The investigator is Aleut. Will read others in the series.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrie | 8/4/2011

    " Good story and great description of Alaska and the people who live there "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 7/31/2011

    " This was a freebie on the author's website, and while I did enjoy it, sort of, it felt a bit underdeveloped to me. Fun to read something set in Alaska, but not very satisfying either as a mystery or as social commentary. Doubt I'd read more about this heroine. "

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About the Author
Author Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on seventy-five-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing. Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace but has since been resurrected as an e-book. Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar Award, and her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”