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Author: Dana Stabenow Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Series:The Kate Shugak Novels Release Date: April 2002 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415911952

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Set in Alaska, Edgar Award winner Dana Stabenow’s novels combine a rich portrait of life in the frozen north with taut suspense and top-notch characters. In this latest installment in the Kate Shugak series, the possibility of drilling for oil in a wildlife preserve near the home of the dynamic Aleutian P.I. has battle lines drawn. Things heat up when a ranger at the preserve loses his job for political reasons, but when a passionate conservation spokesperson is found poisoned, the war begins in earnest. In a gripping story both entertaining and tense—not to mention timely—Dana Stabenow brings to life the beauty and danger of living and dying in Alaska. This could be the novel that catapults Stabenow into the forefront of crime fiction today. “The series is known for its breathtaking portrayal of the Alaskan scenery and way of life, its complex characterizations and the wry humor that gives the stories their unique appeal.”—Writers Write

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really like the Kate Shugak series, but I am getting frustrated. I would like to see her settled down with Chopper Jim Chopin, or someone else. This was a good story, as usual, with several corpses. If these people really thought about it, they would not want to be associating with Kate, since murder victims seem to show up where she is. I love Mutt, her half wolf dog--what a character. This series gives the reader a flavor of what it is like to live in Alaska. I am assuming that there is accuracy in the setting and lifestyles portrayed. "

    - Marti, 2/13/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " read it in a day. kept my interest. "

    - Mich, 2/12/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A return to the earlier tone of the series as Kate moves on in life. "

    - C, 1/28/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great Kate Shugak novel. As I work my way through the series, it occurs to me that a lot of Niniltna characters get offed in various ways, kind of like the endangered citizens of Pecan Springs in Susan Wittig Albert's books. I guess when you write murder mysteries, there needs to be a murder or two. Stabenow is very good at not repeating a template--each books is different enough to keep interest high. Still, if I were Kate Shugak, I'd think about going into real estate. "

    - Nancy, 1/27/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Stabenow's Kate Shugak mysteries are glimpses into life in Alaska with strong and appealing characters and complex realities and are upbeat as well. Some mystery writers seem to include a touch of romance because as a token gesture and I feel frustrated because it doesn't seem to go anywhere. The relationships Dana Stabenow includes seem to help the characters make discoveries about themselves. I did do some skimming, feeling there was "too much information" in a place or two. "

    - Vilo, 1/23/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The author took too long setting the stage--at least half of the book before the murder. I also felt like she was trying to shove "green" down my throat. Some language, and too much sex. Action was good. Story line was good. "

    - Nadine, 1/19/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " These keep getting better and better. Loving this series. "

    - Marla, 1/16/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One more this summer, could not stop! "

    - Martha, 11/5/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A good continuation of the Kate Shugak series. We find out more about her past and get a glimpse of what her future may be. "

    - Joyce, 8/18/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love this author. Another spellbinder! "

    - Carole, 2/10/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fatal attack on a pair of aging conservationists, beloved in the Park, stirs up Kate's friends in Niniltna and creates new patterns for future books. "

    - Joy, 5/30/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'm reading this out of order as I find them, so I keep having this sense of 'deja vu' on some of the characters.....Love Mutt! "

    - T, 5/6/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love serial mysteries and Kate Shugak might just be my favorite character. "

    - Vikkie, 4/29/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really wish I could read all these in order! The individual mysteries are fantastic, but I hate picking up a book and realizing favorite character(s) are dead! "

    - Amber, 2/7/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really like the escape up North. I really like the people that live there, even the bad guys. "

    - Nicole, 11/21/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very good book. A little heavy on some of the description but it left me wanting more (and wanting more NOW) so I'm giving it five stars. "

    - Daphne, 11/18/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this over again each winter "

    - Pk, 11/4/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good view of the tough life in Alaska, the wonderful people who live there, and how they survive/thrive with major challenges. Really better than I expected; felt very close to the characters. "

    - Suzanne, 11/2/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " More like 4 1/2. Better than the last one. "

    - John, 10/26/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " All of Dana's books about Alaska and the First People there are wonderful. I especially love Kate Shugaks wolf-dog Mutt. "

    - Marsha, 10/2/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The author took too long setting the stage--at least half of the book before the murder. I also felt like she was trying to shove "green" down my throat. Some language, and too much sex. Action was good. Story line was good. "

    - Nadine, 6/17/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really wish I could read all these in order! The individual mysteries are fantastic, but I hate picking up a book and realizing favorite character(s) are dead! "

    - Amber, 1/18/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book started it all for me. I grabbed an audio book copy of this for a road trip from Knoxville, Tennessee to Rutland, Vermont. By the time I got to New York, Kate had her hooks in me and I have inhaled all things Stabenow since. "

    - Marc, 10/22/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I loved the characters in this Kate Shugak mystery. "

    - Carolyn, 9/10/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good view of the tough life in Alaska, the wonderful people who live there, and how they survive/thrive with major challenges. Really better than I expected; felt very close to the characters. "

    - Suzanne, 8/3/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A good continuation of the Kate Shugak series. We find out more about her past and get a glimpse of what her future may be. "

    - Joyce, 5/23/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fatal attack on a pair of aging conservationists, beloved in the Park, stirs up Kate's friends in Niniltna and creates new patterns for future books. "

    - Joy, 11/7/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very good book. A little heavy on some of the description but it left me wanting more (and wanting more NOW) so I'm giving it five stars. "

    - Daphne, 9/15/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Kate Shugak; "

    - Joe, 9/5/2009
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " read it in a day. kept my interest. "

    - Mich, 1/20/2009

About the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Alaska and is the author of historical adventure novels, mysteries, suspense, and science fiction, including the award-winning Kate Shugak mystery series. The first book in that series, A Cold Day for Murder, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and Though Not Dead made the New York Times bestseller list. She lives in Alaska, where she was awarded the 2007 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

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. She 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.”