Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell Series #1)

Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell Series #1)

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by Dana Stabenow, Marguerite Gavin

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In this brand new mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, but with a wonderful new character--state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska--where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.



In this brand new mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, but with a wonderful new character--state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska--where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

"Evocative."--Dallas Morning News


"Liam Campbell is a delightful character, already fully formed in the skilled, inventive mind of Miss Stabenow, and meeting him is a pleasure." --Washington Times

"Evocative writing, intelligent plotting...intensely believable." --Dallas Morning News

"Lots of quirky people, adventures, and scenery." --Kirkus Reviews

"This much mayhem has rarely been in surer literary hands."--Publishers Weekly

* First in a new series
* Stabenow is a national bestseller and Edgar Award winner
* "Alaska's finest mystery writer." --Anchorage Daily News

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stabenow, author of the Edgar-winning Kate Shugak series (Killing Grounds, 1998), masterfully traces the twisting life of Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell in this series debut. Campbell steps off a plane in the town of Newenham, his new posting, leaving behind him in Anchorage a tattered career, a dead son and a wife in a coma. His first moments in town bring him into close contact with pilot Wy Chouinard, the woman he really loves, and the headless corpse of her flying partner, Bob DeCreft, who was decapitated by the propeller of Wy's plane. Meanwhile at the local watering hole someone has taken offense at Jimmy Buffet's singing and shot out the jukebox. Now the music critic is being held hostage by an enraged barkeep. The proliferation of grizzled macho thugs, sexy loner women and acts of nasty violence might makes readers' heads spin, but Stabenow weaves it all into a compelling tale with an assured hand. The young woman who lived in the dead man's house is attacked by the loutish owner of a fishing boat. It was he who hired Wy to spot fish from the plane that was sabotaged the first time to take Bob's life and is damaged again in an attempt to intimidate Wy. Liam's troubled past is only a precursor to the turmoil he faces in southwest Alaska. Happily, this much mayhem has rarely been in surer literary hands. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell once had a promising career, but now he has been demoted and transferred from Anchorage to the small town of Newenham. As soon as he steps off the plane, new job challenges accost him: murder at the airport, the appearance of his long-unseen ex-lover (now a herring spotter), and a trying "emergency" in town. In addition, he's conked on the head (and sees ravens), receives his first martial arts lesson from an idiosyncratic shaman, and meets a nasty town lothario. This wonderful series start from the Edgar Award-winning author of the Kate Shugak mysteries (Killing Grounds, LJ 3/1/98) is full of raucous action, complicated characters, evocative scenery, and inventive plot. Highly recommended.
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of Alaskan Park Ranger Kate Shugak (Killing Grounds, 1997, etc.) begins a new series by dumping Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell out of the plane that's taking him to his new posting in backcountry Newenham and onto a tarmac to join the late Bob DeCreft, whose career as a herring spotter has been ended by a doctored propeller Bob didn't know was live, and by Bob's boss, contract pilot Wyanet Chouinard, who used to fly Liam around, and sleep with him too. And that's not all. Before he's had a chance to unpack his uniform, Liam will have to deal with a mob eager to lynch Teddy Engebretsen, who accidentally shot up a local bar's jukebox, and begin a search for Kelly McCormick, who shot up the local postmaster (not so much hurt as peeved) in front of just as many witnesses. The slew of police business, duly handed over by a predecessor who shakes his hand and promptly leaves town, might at least take Liam's mind off his own problemsþhe's been sunk in depression ever since a hit-and-run driver killed his son and sent his wife into an irreversible coma, and he's been busted from sergeant down to trooper and exiled to Newenham ever since a second fatal accident back in Anchorage left him with egg on his faceþif only Wy, whose affair with Liam predates the hit-and-run, didn't have so much to do with those problems in the first place. As in the Kate Shugak series, Stabenow supplies lots of quirky people, adventures, and sceneryþthere's a particularly exciting bout of herring spotting in story for Liam himselfþbefore attending to a mystery that's still thickening when most authors would be calling it a day.

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DANA STABENOW, a New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award winner, has written sixteen Kate Shugak mysteries, four Liam Campbell mysteries, three science fiction novels, and two thrillers (Prepared for Rage and Blindfold Game, available from St. Martin’s Press). Also an acclaimed columnist for Alaska magazine, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was born and raised.

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Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 282 reviews.
Sutterbug More than 1 year ago
The very first book I found by chance by this author. Got me hooked and now I"m looking for everything from this author. Puts you right in the story and keeps you turning the pages in suspence. Wish all books by this author would be formated for the nook book.
Binker More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, good charecter development and the writer has an interesting way of weaving salient past events into the story. A whodunit with a surprise ending. Have fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm cheap! I've tried a few new authors now that I have a Nook simply because their books are inexpensive and sound interesting. That's how I've come to know this author and her Kate Shugak books. It seemed a no-brainer to try her other series. Dana's books are filled with all sorts of quirky characters. This one is no exception. She grew up in Alaska and has an insider's knowledge of that environment and the people who live there. Those insights are instructive and entertaining. You almost forget about the who-done-it. These aren't overly long tomes. They are well paced and hold one's interest. Great read at a great price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love discovering new writers who can convey a story in a waythat is creative and unpredictable. I thought the writing was very intelligent and the characters were compelling. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, good back story. Great read overall! Looking forward to second book in the series!
trashcankitty More than 1 year ago
I started with Stabenow's Kate Shugak series and then found this series. They're both great. Liam is a man who finds himself at the bottom of life's dung heap. For the past three years it's been heaped and heaped, some of it his doing some of it out of his control. Tragedy twofold, love lost and a demotion that sends him to the Alaskan bush is our introduction to this character. Throughout the book he is able to keep a sense of humor, show unending patience (except w/Wy) and do his job well. This series moves a little faster than the Kate Shugak series, but they both deal w/life in the Alaskan bush. If your not interested in learning about Alaska's wilderness, its people and fishing/hunting this book isn't for you. It's like reading about life in another country its so different than the "Outside." Life in the bush goes at a different pace so be forewarned. Its mystery, humor, romance, history, geography and anthropology rolled into one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love both the Liam Campbell and Kate Shugak mysteries. I love the twists and turns. And the imagery of Alaska is always worth the read.
avidreader70SE More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I ended up purchasing the rest of the series and couldn't put them down till I finished every one of them.
BJVallejo More than 1 year ago
Liam Campbell is a new character for Stabenow. I like him! The setting in Alaska adds information about a place I've never been to. I have already read the next 3 books in the series and am looking foreward to continuing with #5, to see what happens next.
Joey44 More than 1 year ago
Liam Campbell is an Alaskan state trooper, whose wife and son were hit by a drunk driver.  His son was killed and his wife is in a coma. He has been demoted at his previous posting, and is sent to the small community of Newenham where he is immediately faced with a murder at the airport. The murder weapon is a plane propeller. His old flame Wy Chousinard lives here and is a pilot who flies out of the airport. Liam hasn't seen her in a few years and seems to hope to pick up where they left off.  The story line could have been good but, for me, so many deaths so quickly didn't feel right.  There was also an awful lot of detail about Alaska's coastline and fishing which were interesting but went on much too long. The ending was so abrupt that I kept wanting to turn the pages to see if there was more.  That's really hard to do with an ereader.
TLJo More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well as other books by the author.
GAD1046 More than 1 year ago
Dana Stabenow once again does not disappoint. Interesting plot, interesting characters. This is an enjoyable read with some interesting plot twists.
Pat Walker More than 1 year ago
I will read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters and the storyline was entertaining enough to keep me wanting to read. I am currently reading the 2nd book, and I plan on reading the other 2 books in the Liam Campbell series.
Kristie Sagehorn More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. I cant wait to read more from this author!
jenblond2002 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. Dana Stabenow's descriptive writing style made the book more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all her books so far. Tried this character and found it good. Give it a try. I am going to read the next one. Really good writer. Kat
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alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
I have a new hero. His name is Liam Campbell and you can meet him too, just pick up a copy of Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow. I absolutely loved this story. This book is the first one in the Liam Campbell series and I can't wait to read the rest. Our hero, Liam, is an Alaska State Trooper who has been disgraced and demoted because of an incident where a couple of troopers under his command were shot. He has also recently lost his son in an auto accident which put his wife in a coma. He has been reposted to the small town of Newenham on Bristol Bay. Before he is even off the plane he has a murder to solve and he is confronted with a face from his past. This story is full of twists and turns and lots of interesting characters. One of the reasons I so enjoy Dana's books is because of her characters. They are always unique and draw you in to their lives, making you feel like you are right there in the center of the story with them. I highly recommend this book.
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I hate sex drenched trashy romances. This is as trashy as it gets. I liked her other series because it didn't have all that explicit stuff, just alluded to it. I find explicit sex scenes generally disgusting; people who like them must be woefulky lacking in the real thing and/or seriously deficient in imagination. And we are supposed to sympathize with a pair of scumbags who were cheating together and reunite after scumbag #1's spouse becomes comatose? No. Ugh.
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