biggest national park, surrounding the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company
has started buying up land. The residents of the Park, are uneasy. “But gold is
up to nine hundred dollars an ounce,” is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the
popular Alaskan skiing champ the company hired to improve their relations with
Alaskans. And she promises much needed jobs to the locals.
But before she can
make her way to every village in the area to make her case at town meetings and
village breakfasts, there are two murders—one a long-standing mine opponent,
and Ms. Macleod herself. Between that and a series of attacks on snow mobilers
up the Kanuyaq River, not to mention the still-open homicide of Park villain
Louis Deem last year, part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna
Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.
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