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"Among the best in a consistently strong series. Along with the series' typical appealing features - Kate's erotically charged romantic life with Trooper Jim Chopin; delightful character sketches of various residents of the Alaskan bush, including a dog named Mutt; and, of course, the vivid rendering of the Alaskan landscape - Stabenow adds a new element this time: setting the case in Anchorage allows her to portray Kate dealing with life in the city and to consider Alaskan history outside the backcountry." (Booklist)
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By Tracey on 04-22-13
No taint in this story
This book is a departure for Kate Shugak -- she is hired by a wealthy woman to free her mother from prison due to a conviction on the arson murder of her eldest son over 30 years before. Kate reluctantly accepts the case, which takes her to Anchorage with Jim Chopin on her heels.
This is a good mystery and it is interesting to see Kate mingling with high society; but this novel does suffer from departure from the Park and its denizens. Also, there is a lot more sex in this novel than in previous novels, which might be a bit off-putting to some fans.
I found the mystery intriguing and this novel a difficult one to which to stop listening. Highly recommend.
As usual, Gavin delivers an excellent performance.
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By Kelly on 05-21-16
The good: Jim; The bad: no Bobby & little Alaska.
I enjoyed the storyline involving Jim. Kate is rejoining life and enjoying herself again - 2 years after losing Jack. Her flirtation with Jim - her enjoyment of the playfulness of their sex life - is a fun part of this book. It allows the reader to escape the grief that has been so integral to the story for several books.
However, the story here takes place in Anchorage. This means that Bobby is completely absent, as is the character of Alaska. My favorite part of this series is its glimpses into the culture of Alaska. I love learning about life in the 49th state, especially among some of the "park rats". I love examining the Aleut culture, I love the craziness brought to life due to the wildlife, and I love the personalities of the supporting cast. All of that was missing in this book and that was a big disappointment for me.
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