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Publisher's Summary

Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.
©2012 Dana Stabenow (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 03-30-16

The best of the first 3 books!

I began the Kate Shaguk mystery series recently so I have only read the first three. I love the Alaskan setting and feel it actually serves as a character of its own. And in this book we entered the world of crab fishing. It was a really great plot with all the tension needed to keep the mystery moving forward. Kate was in peril. Kate made new friendships. Alaska and its wether played a big role. The "bad guys" were really unlikable and the "good guys" were equally likable. It was good book. The only thing I wanted was more -- more book. The books in this series are short and I really wish they were longer.

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3 out of 5 stars
By MidwestGeek on 04-17-15

It's a good thriller but a lousy mystery.

This is my first book involving Kate Shugak but I didn't have the feeling that I missed much. The prose is good but not exceptional, and the narration is acceptable but flat. The trouble is that I like mysteries more than thrillers, and this book has very little mystery. In my lexicon, a mystery is a story in which the villain(s) are not apparent, at least, not until very late in the story. A thriller is a story in which there is a great deal of action surrounding the protagonist, who either is in great danger or at a loss about how to track down the bad guys. A thriller can also be a mystery, but often the protagonist (and the reader) knows who the villains are very early on, and the tension is in the chase.

Since this is my first in the series, I don't know the author's intent, but I knew who the villains were and what they were up to long before Kate or her paramour and sponsor Jack Morgan did. There is a bit of a mystery about what happened to a couple of sailors, but, since we never encounter them, we don't really much care except in the abstract. Much of what Jack digs up late in the book could have been uncovered much earlier with only a little more research. I couldn't understand why Kate, who is neither a cop nor a detective, is willing to take such enormous risks, volunteer to experience such physical trauma, and still go back for more. There is the suggestion that she was partly motivated by the money, but that seems rather far-fetched, given her choice of lifestyle. Further, Jack seems to be essentially indifferent to both her physical suffering and the danger in which he placed her. He didn't have her back, and Kate had no way to call in the cavalry if things got out of hand--all very strange for a couple supposedly in love. Thus, I am left with mixed feelings about this book, but I'll probably read the next in the series, which is highly acclaimed by other readers.

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