A Fine and Bitter Snow (Kate Shugak Series #12) [NOOK Book]

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Change never comes easy, but it comes just the same, and it's on its way to the Park, to Niniltna, in southeast Alaska. This time it concerns the possibility of drilling for oil in a wildlife preserve near there, near Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak's home territory. Battle lines are drawn across their community, but at least it gives Kate something to do. Still just months after her lover's violent death, though she doesn't know quite how, she is ...
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A Fine and Bitter Snow (Kate Shugak Series #12)

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Change never comes easy, but it comes just the same, and it's on its way to the Park, to Niniltna, in southeast Alaska. This time it concerns the possibility of drilling for oil in a wildlife preserve near there, near Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak's home territory. Battle lines are drawn across their community, but at least it gives Kate something to do. Still just months after her lover's violent death, though she doesn't know quite how, she is trying to get back into her daily life.

First, tensions run high as their resident park ranger, Dan O'Brien, is deemed "too green for them" by management and asked to take early retirement. Kate rallies the troops inside the Park to fight for his job, but before she can really start throwing her weight around, a long-time Park resident is brutally murdered, another stabbed and left for dead as well.

Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin enlists Kate to help investigate, and together they tackle the loose ends: motive, timing, opportunity, means. One thing is for certain-in Dana Stabenow's masterful crime novels about the beauty and the danger of living and dying in Alaska, nothing is as simple as it seems.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This is the 12th in a series (after 2001's The Singing of the Dead) that truly evolves rather than simply revisiting the same setting, although that setting is a doozy: an austere and beautiful Alaskan outback, populated with eccentrics and wild creatures. Kate Shugak could be considered a little of both, having grown up in this hinterland and being fond of her own ways. Kate discovers that park ranger Dan O'Brian is about to lose his job, probably because he is against drilling for oil in the local wildlife preserve. In an effort to garner support for Dan, Kate calls on her late grandmother's dear friends, Ruthe and Dina, who together taught Kate the name of every living thing in the park when she was a child. This longtime couple sits on a big chunk of pristine wilderness and works hard to protect other areas. Meanwhile, Dan has fallen for Christie Turner, the new waitress at the Roadhouse, and state trooper Jim Chopin, a notorious womanizer, is focused on the one woman who won't give him the time of day Kate. She isn't ready for a new relationship, as she is still mourning her dead lover, Jack Morgan, and trying to provide a stable environment for his teenage son, Johnny. When Dina is killed and Ruthe is put on the critical list at the hospital, Kate scrambles to solve the crime while keeping a balance in the rest of her life. Along the way, she finds herself in a brief but torrid encounter with Jim. Rich with details about life in this snowbound culture, the story moves at a steady pace to a classic ending. (June 17) Forecast: A five-city author tour will help build on the momentum of last year's well-received The Singing of the Dead, though generic jacket art doesn't signal that the author transcends the "regional" category. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The well-known Alaskan P.I. finds herself in the middle of a volatile situation involving proposed drilling for oil in a wildlife preserve. A ranger there is fired for political reasons, and then an important conservationist is poisoned. Be sure to have this on hand. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kate Shugak's 12th adventure (The Singing of the Dead, 2001, etc.) begins with a threat against the Park, the beloved wilderness she shares with Stabenow's other regulars. Chief Ranger Dan O'Brian is being encouraged to retire by an administration that sees Alaska as acres of oilfields covered by so much snow. When Kate mobilizes her network to protect O'Brian, she discovers that not everyone agrees with his environmental policies. Some members of the Native Association badly want more jobs, and miners and big-game hunting guides like John Letourneau would welcome a, well, less tightly regulated business environment. In due course, Kate calls on friends of her grandmother, Dina Willner and Ruthe Bauman, still in old age adventurous souls and outspoken environmentalists who are happy to speak up for Ranger O'Brian. But before they can, Dandy Mike walks into their cabin to find Dina stabbed to death, Ruthe mortally wounded, and Dan O'Brian, bloody and confused, behind the door. Even though Dan refuses to tell all he knows, Trooper Jim Chopin clears him and arrests a homeless veteran clutching the murder weapon and muttering about angels. Then John Letourneau, Dina and Ruthe's neighbor and business rival, types out a confession and shoots himself. Have Kate and Jim, distracted by their explosive mutual attraction, missed something? Stabenow enjoys tantalizing her fans with Jim and Kate's romance, but her pleasure in her beloved creations can be self-indulgent. When she finally gets around to the serious business of murder, it's satisfying but anticlimactic.
From the Publisher

"Stabenow uses the merciless magnificence of her state to create a stunning backdrop for her intense and intelligent mysteries."--St. Petersburg Times

"An intelligent crime novel that reflects both [Stabenow's] love of wilderness and her understanding of the complex questions of profit versus the purity of the frontier."--Dallas Morning News

"The 12th in a series that truly evolves...rich with details about life in this snowbound culture, the story moves at a steady pace to a classic ending."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Among the series' best."--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429909167
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Kate Shugak Series , #12
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 31,602
  • File size: 298 KB

Meet the Author


Dana Stabenow is the author of eleven previous Kate Shugak mysteries as well as three featuring Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell, in addition to three science fiction novels. A graduate of the University of Alaska with a BA in journalism and an MFA, she won the Edgar Award for her first novel, A Cold Day for Murder. She writes a monthly column for Alaska Magazine and is an Explorer for Alaska Magazine Television, which airs on public television. Stabenow was born and still lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

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    Kept me up late

    It's been a long time since I've read a book that kept my up past my bedtime on a "school night", but this one did. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Kate Shugak books in this series so far. I must admit I'm addicted to mystery series, so I was delighted to have stumbled upon this particular series. The characters are very rich and you really feel like you get to know them throughout the series. With the death of a main character several books ago (trying not to spoil anything for those who haven't read the entire series), I was shocked and unsure about how the series would evolve following that event. But I'm glad I stuck with it as the series continues to reel me in and the characters continue to develop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2002

    great Kate Shugak mystery

    Now that the Republicans are back in the White House, there is an intense interest in exploring the Alaskan wilderness for oil reserves. The natives of the state are torn between the need for new jobs and preserving the beauty of their untamed land. Chief park ranger Dan O¿Brien is on the record for wanting to preserve the environment and as a result was asked by his superiors to take an early retirement. <P>Kate Shugak, a homesteader in the Park, is rallying the people to save Dan¿s job. When two elderly radical conservationists that Kate spoke to about the problem are found dead, Alaska state trooper Jim Chopin arrests a Vietnam vet, covered in blood and holding the murder weapon. Although it looks like an open and shut case, both Kate and Jim find that things seem too pat and decide to investigate, a decision that puts Kate in deadly danger. <P> Although A FINE AND BITTER SNOW is a great mystery, the author puts more emphasis on the strange but very real courtship of Kate and Jim. Kate¿s efforts to avoid Jim and his honest bewilderment about his feelings for the prickly investigator make for some funny episodes. As always, Dana Stabenow brings the beauty and the danger of the Alaskan frontier alive, but also provides insight into the oil rigging environmental controversy This exciting novel will leave readers excited yet bushed from a wonderful reading experience. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Good

    Great as always.

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    Really enjoyed this.

    Another good mystery.

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