Killing Grounds (Kate Shugak Series #8)

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Dana Stabenow returns with her sleuth Kate Shugak. While working on a fishing boat, Kate's catch of the day turns out to be a murdered man. Problem is, he's one of the most hated of all local figures, so getting to the bottom of this case will be murder for Kate Shugak. Mystery lovers will fall for this one hook, line, and sinker!
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Overview

Dana Stabenow returns with her sleuth Kate Shugak. While working on a fishing boat, Kate's catch of the day turns out to be a murdered man. Problem is, he's one of the most hated of all local figures, so getting to the bottom of this case will be murder for Kate Shugak. Mystery lovers will fall for this one hook, line, and sinker!
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this gripping eighth appearance of former Anchorage, Alaska, investigator Kate Shugak, a fisherman is murdered, leaving almost as many suspects as fish in the ocean. Cal Meany was a cheat, a poacher, an abusive husband and father, an adulterer and an opportunist who disdains joining the fishermen's strike against the largest local wholesaler, which has drastically reduced the price it pays for salmon. While helping her relative Old Sam on his tender in the Gulf of Alaska, Kate discovers Meany's body in Alaganik Bay: he's been beaten, stabbed, strangled and drowned. Kate assists state trooper Jim Chopin's investigation. As they validate alibis, suspicions point to Meany's family. After Meany's daughter is murdered and his handyman disappears, Kate's lover, Jack Morgan, and his son, Johnny, visiting from Anchorage, help with her investigation. In a harrowing climax, Kate identifies the murderer and the unusual motive. The background allows Stabenow to examine the predicament of commercial fisherman threatened by fish farms, native subsistence fishing and lucrative sport fishing. As usual, Aleut customs are seamlessly woven into the plot; here, Auntie Joy is suing the government to retain traditional fishing rights. In powerful prose, Stabenow evokes Alaska's rugged physical splendors and the toll taken on the humans who live there. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Alaskan private investigator Kate Shugak (Breakup, LJ 6/1/97), who practically wallows in the surrounding wild beauty of nature, spars with an abusive, strikebreaking fisherman who later winds up dead. Kate's recently returned lover, enigmatic kin, and eccentric acquaintances make this a delightful read.
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Drift fisherman Calvin Meany is the kind of guy who bullies his wife, beats his son, drives a family away from its fishing site so that he can take it over, cuts his neighbor's nets in the hope of driving her off too, and breaks a strike against a big seafood buyer by continuing to fish with his indentured relatives. So it's no wonder that Kate Shugak, putting in time as a deck boss in sunny Cordova, finds him floating in Alaganik Bay stabbed, strangled, beaten, and drowned, as if whoever killed him wanted to make absolutely sure, or was just having a really good time. The problem with this summertime Alaska idyll is that Meany's death is greeted with such unanimous acclaim—"Did you see the body?" his anxious widow asks Kate; "Are you sure he's dead?"—that it's hard to get worked up over the hunt for his killer among the happily bereaved family, the neighbors whose land Meany had tirelessly sought to buy out from under them, and the subsistence fishers and small commercial rivals he made life miserable for. Like Breakup (1997), Kate's eighth is best approached as a leisurely guided tour of still another unexpected corner of the Yukon State, with crime and punishment taking a backseat, along with the large, colorful cast of extras.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736654647
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Series: Kate Shugak Series , #8
  • Format: Cassette

Meet the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and 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.
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