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Publisher's Summary

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.
State of suspense: listen to more Alaskan mysteries in the Kate Shugak series.
©2002 Dana Stabenow (P)2002 Books on Tape Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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 5 stars
By Jaime l on 03-21-13

Wanted the whole series after reading this.

Found this book in a used book store and had never heard of Kate Shugak or the author. Loved the book and then found out it was a series. Made me go looking for all of them. So well written and grabs your attention and holds on. There are so many twists and turns that you don't realize who the killer is. In so many mysteries you can guess who did it, but not in a Stabenow book. I recommend all of her books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 05-11-16

Kate is back in the Park & back in my esteem.

I was very disappointed in books 9 & 10. I missed book 11. And I am so glad that in this book - book 12 - Kate is back where she belongs. She is at home in her Park. She is at home with Johnny. She is at home in her own skin.

What is good: Jim Chopin is growing as a character. He was almost cartoonish in some of the early books. He wasn't likable or intriguing. But in this book he becomes a person who is real and has both compassion and heart. I think he will become a character to love.

What is still missing: 1. Bobby in a bigger role. That character brings comedy and heart and I miss him. 2. Alaska as a character. In many of the earlier volumes Alaska takes a central role and becomes a character in itself. We explored the phenomenon known as break up, the salmon fishing industry, tribal politics, and so much more. We lost that in books 9 & 10 and it is still missing from this book.

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