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A Fatal Thaw


Dana Stabenow


A Fatal Thaw


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow. But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It's up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer. It won't be easy; every second Park rat had a motive. Was it one of her many spurned lovers? Was a wife looking for revenge? Or did a deal with an ivory smuggler go bad? Even Chopper Jim Chopin, the Park's resident state trooper, had a history with the victim. Kate will need every ounce of determination to find the truth before Alaska metes out its own justice....
Aleut Kate Shugat, former Sex Crimes Investigator for the Anchorage DA's office is minding her own business baking bread, cutting wood, taking care of her homestead in the middle of twenty million pristine acres of Alaskian National Park, when she hears shots fired in the distance and she grabs her rifle with Mutt by her side heads out to figure out what is going on.

Kate has to utilize all of her skills as an Aleut and an investigator to unravel this suspenseful puzzle. Innocent people being shot for no apparent reason. 8 people or is it 9 people before Kate subdues the snipper. There is suspicion, intrigue, mystery and someone is covering up the truth. The victims lives are all intertwined and full of drama as Kate has to delve into everyone's personal lives to uncover the truth and solve the mystery.

Step by step as the reader you will learn how complex "The Park" actually is with all of the characters being described in detail.

Literally can not put it down.
There are mysteries and there are mysteries that stand above the rest. This book, the second in a series, and those that follow are first rate. Apart from the fact that the author writes well, she knows her subject. Like Martin Cruz Smith knows Russia, like Nevada Barr knows the National Park System, Dana Stabenow knows Alaska and her people. Her central character, Kate Shugak, is unique, facinating and believable. An Aleut women with a past, proven talent, issues with which to deal in her life and relationships, I would put her in the same league as Anna Pigeon, Arkady Renko, Joe Grey, and even Holmes. This is another of those series of which all I need to know is another book is available and I'll buy it knowing I'll be guaranteed of hours of adventure in reading. Like the other great series it is best enjoyed by reading them in order and I am most appreciative of the fact that the cover for each includes its number. I seriously suggest starting with the first, A Cold Day for Murder, and you can't go wrong.
I enjoy mystery series and also enjoy almost anything set in Alaska. When you have a murder mystery set in Alaska, I can guarantee you I will give it a try. I read the first one and enjoyed it quite a bit, but (as is often the case) trying to lay the foundation for the setting and characters means that most authors don't hit a home run since there is too much ground to cover. Ms. Stabenow did a nice job with that first installment in drawing me in and setting the stage so that this second one was even better.

Heavy on character and location, this is more of a cross between cozy and traditional mystery. The characters are interesting and becoming well developed and the location plays a major role in the storyline. With that combination, it lends itself more toward the cozy mystery side but this is gritter and more graphic with a main character who has a police background --- that lends itself more toward the traditional mystery.

A book I enjoyed from beginning to end. Well worth a read and I am on to the next one.
"A Fatal Thaw" is the 2nd book in the Kate Shugak series. The book starts out fast with a deranged killer shooting residents of the park at random. After the shooter is taken into custody and tests are run, it is discovered that one of the victims was shot from a different gun than what the shooter used. Kate Shugak reluctantly takes over the investigation. Kate knows the Park because she has lived there her whole life. People respect her and will talk to her.

Was glad to see the secondary characters back from the first book. Bobby Clark, the wheelchair bound Vietnam Vet, was featured in the book quite a bit. Jack, Jim, Bernie, Kate's grandmother and Mutt also were back. Mutt probably shouldn't be regarded as a secondary character but as a primary character. One can't imagine Kate without Mutt by her side.

This book has different ceremonies that were different and interesting. Bobby holds the Fifth Annual Twentieth Anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Bernie hold a Middle Finger Ceremony and Kate's grandmother organizes a potlatch. All the ceremonies are different and add color to the book.

Some strengths of the series so far is that Dana Stabenow besides being a good writer is a good story teller. The location is wonderful and different from other books. Kate is an individualist and one can not quite predict how she will react to a situation. Sometimes she surprised me even though I thought I knew her character.

It was a fast and enjoyable read for me. Will continue with the series.
OMG - got hooked with this one that was free - I am now up to the 10th book.

The setting is what grabs you - the characters then reach in and grab you - pretty soon you too will be hooked. She is one tough cookie that is a joy to get to know through this series.

The only complaint I have at all about all of the books in the series has nothing to do with the author and EVERYTHING to do with people who do not know how to write a review - please ppl - I would like to read the book myself without knowing who dies, who sleeps with who, who the killer is or any of the above.Several idiotic reviewers totally ruined a book in this series for me - people if you want to write then download the free book on how to write a book for the Kindle and spare all of us PAYING customers your need to feel important!

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