A Fatal Thaw (Kate Shugak #2)

A Fatal Thaw (Kate Shugak #2)

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by Dana Stabenow
     
 

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Spring has arrived in The Park. The snow is melting, the birds are singing, the wolves are frolicking... and somewhere, in a lonely cabin along the road to Niniltna, a man's sanity is breaking. Soon, nine people will be dead, seemingly the victims of a random act of violence--until a routine ballistics test reveals that one of the murders was anything but random. Once

Overview

Spring has arrived in The Park. The snow is melting, the birds are singing, the wolves are frolicking... and somewhere, in a lonely cabin along the road to Niniltna, a man's sanity is breaking. Soon, nine people will be dead, seemingly the victims of a random act of violence--until a routine ballistics test reveals that one of the murders was anything but random. Once again the Anchorage DA's department must turn to their former investigator, Kate Shugak, to uncover a calculating killer, hiding in plain sight.

The second novel in Stabenow's Edgar Award-wining series of Alaskan mysteries, A Fatal Thaw vividly captures life in America's last frontier, filled with unique hardships, quirks and rewards.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012348142
Publisher:
Gere Donovan Press
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Kate Shugak Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
35,245
File size:
642 KB

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; 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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Fatal Thaw 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
junonia-shell More than 1 year ago
The first Kate Shugak story got me hooked. The second has me craving for the third......and so on.....and so on......!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just not enjoying her books in it's entirety. The suspense is good, but again, I figured out who did it long before it was revealed, too much focus on unimportant details. The only thing you don't know is if she's going to settle down with Jack or not...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the setting and the charcters. However, this book is only about 150-160 pages. Since page count is not easy to find it is disappointing to finish it in about an hour and a half.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I knew who the killer was by the 3rd chapter, unsure why this book was so transparent, I enjoy Stabenow's characters, however overall Fatal Thaw was very predictable.
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alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Kate Shugak series. Kate is a former investigator for the Fairbanks police department who was nearly killed during a drug bust. The near fatal injury has left her with a raspy voice and a very noticeable scar on her neck. After this incident she “retired” to her homestead in the wilderness of Alaska, however, when crime happens in the Park area where she lives she is called on to investigate. She lived in the area all her life and knows better than anyone the people and their ways. In this book a serial killer has gone on a killing spree. Nine people are killed before he ends up near Kate’s home and she and her faithful dog, Mutt, manage to disarm him and turn him over to the police. During the investigation it is discovered that one of the nine victims was not shot by the serial killer’s gun but by someone else’s gun. Kate is asked to investigate. Kate digs up more than few secrets about this victim and finds more than one person who was happen to see her gone. During the investigation Kate herself is shot at and also a park ranger. The motive in this case has been building for many years and while Kate suspects she knows who the killer is she desperately wants it to be someone else. I found this book impossible to put down. I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series when I came across it a few months ago but I think this one was even better. There is plenty of action in the story to keep you on the edge of your seat but the author also gives you a break now and then from the action to get to know the characters and their relationships better. I also really enjoy the author’s descriptions of the area in which the story takes place. She has a way of bringing the scene to life without being overly flowery or leaving you feeling bogged down in the description. She gives you enough so you feel like you are there and it always feels like the descriptions are helping to tell the story as a whole. I especially enjoyed in the book her recounting of the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. I would definitely give this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I think those who like action and those who like mystery/crime type stories will really enjoy this book.
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lettore1 More than 1 year ago
The series in general is exceptional, my favorite is still Breakup , because it mixes the unique perspective of life in the Alaska interior with an irreverent humor.
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I work in a library and one day a Stabenow book caught my eye. I took it home and slept not at all. I ordered the series at work but they came in slowly and I've bought the first five. I'm mostly Cherokee but live 'Outside'. Through Dana I've reexperienced Pow-Wows, Victory dances and generally the joy of being "connected"! I'd love to have her homestead but no longer have the youth or courage. Thank you, Dana Stabenow for a wonderful gift to an old homesick lady!
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Another really good book.
witnwool More than 1 year ago
Kate Shugak is an Alaskan native, former FBI agent, and victim of a horrible stabbing who lives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. Her knowledge of all things Alaska gets her pulled back in to investigate crimes with the local police and the FBI. She is involved in a complicated romance with the FBI head agent. The setting, the culture, the lives of folks living very differently from those who live close to civilization all add to the crime solution. I have read the first and second books in this series, and I have come to love many of the characters. I read the first one on an Alaskan cruise. Such fun to read about Alaska as I floated along looking at its amazing scenery. Great series!
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Love the Kate. Love Alaska. Love the ceremonies, danger and mother nature's power.
Tomterrific More than 1 year ago
Kate is a somewhat reluctant Park Ranger in the woods of Alaska. The story unfolds some of her love life and lots of interesting characters in her hometown and region. Her grandmother is always trying to get her to retain the "old ways" and not let any modern things into her life. She meets certain unsavory characters she has to deal with as well state and federal agents.
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