Play with Fire (Kate Shugak Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt and decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the state troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's investigative instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires she confront issues of community, ...
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Play with Fire (Kate Shugak Series #5)

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Overview

A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt and decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the state troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's investigative instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires she confront issues of community, faith, and free will.
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Editorial Reviews

Mark Lindquist
“Play With Fire,” Stabenow’s fifth, is set in the edgy beauty of Alaska, as were her previous four, including the Edgar-winning “A Cold Day for Murder” ... Stabenow offers a knowing portrait of Alaska, its soul-stirring landscape and fascinating culture
Laurie Trimble
Filled with Alaskan lore, this fifth Kate Shugak novel demonstrates a growth in technique for the author without sacrificing any of the sincere fascination she has for the Alaskan wilderness and the complexity of its native people.
Anne Bendheim
Dana Stabenow has disguised an exploration of religious intolerance as a mystery novel, the fifth in her Alaskan series that features Kate Shugak ... A compelling writer, Stabenow’s plots are well-crafted and her books are virtual tone poems to the beauty of our 49th state. “Play With Fire” is possibly the best in the series ... Stabenow manages to maintain a tension, while liberally dispensing philosophy from Kate as well as the detective’s Aleut friends and relative
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012974433
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: Kate Shugak Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 33,856
  • File size: 485 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 science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace, 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, and her twenty-seventh novel and eighteenth Kate Shugak novel, Though Not Dead, was released in February 2011.

Find her on the web at stabenow.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    Ashes to Ashes

    Kate Shugak and Mutt are front and center in another great mystery novel. Kate and her wheel chair bound Vietnam Vet friend (and ex-lover) Bobby, and a pickup named Dinah (who had come up the Alcan and run out of money) are picking morels. After the previous season¿s forest fires, morel picking is outstanding and buyers are up from the lower 48. So these three are camped out loading buckets, making money and enjoying life. Until Kate and Dinah stumble upon a body in the ashes. It has been there awhile ¿ long enough to have mushrooms growing out of it¿s skin and ash. After they report it, Kate is visited by a small boy, Matthew, that wants to hire her to find his father who is missing. It doesn¿t take long to put two and two together. The body is his father ¿ Daniel Seabolt. His body has been there since the previous year and he is naked ¿ miles from the nearest water or road. As Kate learns more about Daniel and his father, the Reverend Simon Seabolt, the pastor of a fundamentalist church, the more she believes his father had something to do with his son¿s death. The church is almost a cult for most of the town. Daniel had been a teacher of science and there had been a huge controversy about his teaching of evolution at the school with the parishioners and his father leading the charge. Stabenow does an excellent job again of laying out a complex mystery with the grandeur of Alaska. Having lived there many years ago, I can almost feel the air and heat, smell the forest and hear the wind. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a great summer diversion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Love this series

    Reading this series is addictive. Kate is such an original character and her supporting cast never disappoints. The plots are always inventive and I am learning more than I ever thought I'd want to know about Alaska and its natives. I started with book #1 and am working my way through them, trying to ration so they will last me at least a few months.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    A WINNER AS USUAL

    THE STIKING PART OF THIS CONTINUING ALASKAN MYSTERY SERIES IS THE DESCRIPTIVE WAY THIS AUTHOR WRITES. KATE IS WASHING OFF AFTER A DAY OF PICKING WILD BERRIES. YOU ARE WITH KATE AS SHE FLEXES AND PREENS AS A BALD EAGLE WOULD-YOU CAN FEEL THE WATER SLUCING DOWN HER BODY-THE MUSCLES AND TENDONS STRETCHING-THE COLD FROM THE STREAM INVADING HER BONES.IF YOU CAN'T GET A VIVID PICTURE IN YOUR MIND WITH THIS AUTHORS WRITINGS-GET HELP!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Not a good read

    I did not like this book at all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Love this series

    I love these books. Stabenow definitely has a great love and respect for her state and the native culture. As for the dog scene, it is realistic. An eagle carried off one of my friends cats when they were camping in Alaska. And NOONE likes snippy little dogs except their owners. Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Ugh

    The poodle thing was despicable. This writer must be the worst person in the world, to be so self-congratulatory about including this episode against advice. What a jerk! But then what do you expect from someone who eagerly endorses hunting, and is so stupid she didn'tknow whatan Edgar is, even when writing mysteries. I won't read any more in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Condor

    A very slow read with hardly any suspence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Loved it!

    Very good book! I am totally hooked on this series! Don't stop now!

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Somewhat recommend

    This particular book, though good story line, is not a good read for strong Christian beliefs. I felt insulted with the ideology that all Christian beliefs are lumped in with all fanaticism of the old tent revivals!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    not worth the money

    i have read the 4 previous kate books and liked them. this on was a total
    bust. it was moreof a travel log with no real story. the murder part was very underveloped. it was an after thought. don;t know if i will read anymore of this series

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Different....

    The story was great! As always, Dana gives wonderful descriptions of Alaska and it's people and history. The plot is a little troubling as it makes you question your own religious beliefs. Sometimes there are no easy answers. Sometimes it's hard to understand why people do questionable things in the name of religion.

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