Dead in the Water (Kate Shugak Series #3)

Dead in the Water (Kate Shugak Series #3)

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by Dana Stabenow, Marguerite Gavin
     
 

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There's something fishy about the disappearance of two crew members from an Alaskan fishing boat. Investigator Kate Shugak goes undercover and starts casting her net for clues among the toughest crew on the Bering Sea. And if she doesn't watch her back, she could end up being forced to walk the plank.

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There's something fishy about the disappearance of two crew members from an Alaskan fishing boat. Investigator Kate Shugak goes undercover and starts casting her net for clues among the toughest crew on the Bering Sea. And if she doesn't watch her back, she could end up being forced to walk the plank.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The opening of Kate Shugak's third outing will have landlubbers wondering, What on earth is this woman doing? (Answer: shifting a crab pot on a boat deck during a storm.) But once readers get their sea legs, they'll realize that Stabenow ( A Cold Day for Murder ) offers a satisfactory blend of mystery and danger that is balanced by a gentler side, a view of Alaskan native culture. Kate, who occasionally investigates for the Anchorage district attorney, is working on the Avilda , a crabber, hoping to learn--on the quiet--why two of its crew members disappeared during its last trip. Harry Gault, the Avilda 's skipper, claims that, when water supplies ran low, the men went ashore on Anua Island to locate fresh water and failed to return. Just keeping up with the crabbing exhausts Kate, but with a bit of prowling she learns that Gault has his hands in more than one crab pot. Between crabbing jobs, she visits Unalaska Island, traditional home of her own people, the Aleuts. Here she meets Olga, a skilled weaver of grass baskets, and her daughter Sasha, who uses a ``storyknife'' to carve out a brief tale that is very much to the point of Kate's investigations. (July)
Judith Kreiner
Understand, now, that mystery reviewers do not go out and buy mystery books [...] but after reading Dana Stabenow's Dead in the Water, I actually went out and spent my very own money to buy the two previous chapters in the adventures of Kate Shugak, Aleut investigator. [...] This one is right on target with its descriptions of the hardships of commercial fishing and the greed that motivates murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455838431
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/01/2014
Series:
Kate Shugak Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
544,779
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and after having a grand old time working in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields on the North Slope of Alaska, making an obscene amount of money and going to Hawaii a lot, found it in writing.

Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award; her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list; and her twentieth Kate Shugak novel, Bad Blood, will be released in February 2013.

Find her on the web at stabenow.com.

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Dead in the Water (Kate Shugak #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a little difficult getting into, esp. if you do not know a lot about fishing salmon, but it was worth it. I'm such a fan of dana stabenow that I know the book will keep me interested to read it in a day. I always love the tension between Kate and her grandmother, or one of her men-friends. Mutt is wonderful as always. Recommended Kate Shugak--if you read one, you have to read them all.
Boann More than 1 year ago
I started with this series at the first of the year and have now finished #5. These things are addictive. I'm not sure which is most interesting. . . the mystery, the engaging characters or Alaska. Slight, but well written, The Kate Shugak series is quite engaging.
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alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
Another mystery solved by the amazing Kate Shugak. I know I'm behind the eight ball with this series of books but in my defense, I only discovered Dana Stabenow this year so I am working furiously to catch up. This is book three in the Kate Shugak series and I thoroughly enjoyed it, just like the first two. This time Kate is out crab-fishing in the Aleutian islands and hunting for murderers. I myself have never been to Alaska but Dana's descriptions almost make me feel like I'm there. I felt like I was right there with Kate as she was hauling up crab pots and pounding the ice. I also love the way that the native culture is incorporated into the books. In this case, Kate encounters an old woman who is full of the old stories and also a basket-weaver. I really enjoyed how as part of the story I was also able to get some of the history of Aleut basket-weaving technique and it all just feels natural the way the author writes. So Kate has once again been hired by Jack, this time to be a crew member on a crab boat and try to discover what happened to two previous crew members who have disappeared. Along the way she has a very amusing encounter with a group of Russian sailors, a young California surf dude out to discover Alaska (who by the way saves her life), and a group of men who care for nothing but how much money they can put in their own pockets. Finally, I appreciate Ms. Stabenow's ability to tell a gripping mystery story in less than 200 pages. These are books I can really enjoy without investing weeks of my time. Kudos to Dana Stabenow on another job well done. I can't wait to read book four and I recommend everyone give these stories a try
xxzz More than 1 year ago
I have several books by Dana Stabenow, she never disappoints.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful series by a masterful writer. However. I lived in Alaska for years, and I find it very hard to believe that a woman with a moon shaped flat face and nubby nose is utterly irresistible to every man she meets, especially the hot ones. While I am sure the force of her personality would attract select strong men, she apparently looks just like every other Aleut in the world, and exquisitely beautiful nd appealing to everyone they are not. So that bit of unreality spoils it a bit for me. Heck, even the classically beautiful women some other writers populate their books with annoy me when the author sends every male character slavering after them, but at least it is within the limits of possibility that they would behave that way with a super-model type. I was also sorry not to enjoy Mutt's company in this book; she is by far the best character in the series.
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Enjoyed very much.
Silvertipgriz More than 1 year ago
Shugak is such a fascinating character! This is a different book from the earlier ones in the series because it takes place at sea and in a different part of Alaska - I find myself studying maps to see if it's possible to visit areas to explore Kate's world. Read it!
trbCA More than 1 year ago
I read a Stabenow book when I want a sure thing story.
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I had a hard time getting into this book. Other books by her have been better.
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suemacMC More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series.
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Good book,suspenseful, good action. Enjoyed
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Once again I very much enjoyed Dana Stabnow's book. Her storyline moves quickly and kept my interest. I will continue to read her books.
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