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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780399143564
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/1998
  • Series: Kate Shugak Series , #8
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Excellent

    Lots of local color, maybe a little too much detail about how the salmon fishing season works in Alaska, but it's hard to find anything to complain about. A somewhat surprising villain, but really just all my favorite characters back for another round.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Recommended

    I have all the Kate Shugak books in both hardback and ebook. They are all exceptionally well-written, with characters who become more real with each book.

    I would highly recommend these books, as well as Ms. Stabenow's other series (the Liam Campbell books), to anyone who enjoys an excellent mystery, fascinating people and interesting and unusual situations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly recommended--unique heroine

    Once again Dana Stabenow has brought us a mystery which is a thriller, but with a twist you wouldn't expect. Stabenow has the unique skill to bring to life a woman who is so atypical of our usual heroines that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. You have to admire and root for Kate, an independent woman who is unlike any other woman starring in her own series. Each book in the series shows us another side of Kate, one which we may have suspected but never has been confirmed. Kate makes every woman seem placid and conventional by comparison, but in our hearts we know Kate is lurking there, just waiting for the right opportunity to blast forth and show the world that each woman can achieve whatever she sets her mind to do. She submerges you in a culture so foreign, yet so admirable that it makes you want to move to Alaska in your next life so you can experience the beauty of that world and all its ancient beliefs and cultures.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Mystery

    Enjoyed it. Once again Dana Stabenow provides a well-researched and fast moving adventure with her protagonist Kate Shugak.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Alaska's flavor drips off the pages.

    So many suspects, so many motives. With wit and luck, Kate just wades through them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Good

    Great as always.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is the next book in the series I need to read but if it is anything like the previous 7 - I will commence reading and not want to put it down until it is finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    These Kate Shugak books are addictive.

    When you finish one of these books, you can't wait to start another. I love the characters and any books set in the Alaskan Frontier. The stories are great and so are the descriptions of the Bush.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Love Dana/Kate

    Been waiting for this one to go digital. Only complaint--lots of typos.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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