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Restless in the Grave

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by Dana Stabenow

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New York Times bestseller Dana Stabenow returns with her most outstanding novel yet, teaming up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time.

Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged


New York Times bestseller Dana Stabenow returns with her most outstanding novel yet, teaming up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time.

Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam's wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case.

Working undercover as--of all things--a waitress at Bill's Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant's business had expanded meteorically over the last two years. After buying the closed Air Force base south of town from the federal government at a bargain-basement price, he became a fixed-base operator running his fishing, hunting, and flight-seeing business, servicing planes flying through the area, and most interestingly and lucratively, getting into the air freight business. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where?

The answers involve Kate in her most challenging case to date, one that starts with murder and quickly sprawls into a much larger conspiracy ranging from the darkest family secrets to treason and beyond. Restless in the Grave is a treat for fans and another outstanding addition to Dana Stabenow's acclaimed and award-winning series.

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Kate Shugak Series , #19
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Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

They kept it simple. They could cut off his right hand, or he could use it to learn how to fire the weapon they gave him.
They had even picked the target. He knew before they told him it would be American. By now he could repeat the Imam’s Friday harangue to do jihad on the invaders word for word.
All he had wanted was to go home. Pakistan was a hungry place for a young Afghani man with no family or friends. His father had been killed when the Americans invaded in 2003, and his mother had taken the children and fled over the border, joining the hundreds of thousands of other refugees in the camps. When she died, he found his way back to his own country, where he had not been so much recruited by the Taliban as kidnapped.
At least they fed him.
The camp three hundred yards up the narrow valley was small, an outpost dug into a small saddle between two hills, consisting of forty American soldiers. The top of the hill in front had been leveled to provide a landing place for a helicopter. He had been waiting for it for three days, broiling by day and freezing by night beneath the camouflage netting that had been stolen, they told him, from the enemy in another firefight in another valley.
The weapon was beautiful and deadly, brand new, light of weight, black in color, made of heavy plastic married to a dense, dark metal with a dull shine. A zippered sheath kept it free of the dirt and sand that filtered through the netting to layer his clothing and coat the inside of his nostrils so that he could barely breathe.
In the distance, a few tumbledown buildings marked a primitive landholding. A boy herded goats toward a patch of earth that showed the barest hint of green and hosted a few wormword bushes twisted into nightmare shapes from lack of water. Those fields he could see lay fallow, the only cash crop this area had ever known rooted up by the invaders.
A faint sound of wings disturbed the air. He looked up. A steppe eagle had been hunting this valley every morning and evening, soaring overhead on brown wings spread six feet from wingtip to wingtip, black tail spread wide.
This sound wasn’t the eagle, though. It was the helicopter, coming at last.
It hurtled up the valley, barely time enough for him to get the rifle out of its protective sheath. He settled his eye to the scope, as he had been taught, and sighted in. The magnification of the scope threw the aircraft into startlingly immediate relief. The windshield was scratched and sandy and the sun rendered the Plexiglas nearly opaque, so that the figures at the controls on the other side were barely visible to him. He caught the merest glimpse of a smooth cheek, nearly hidden beneath helmet and sunglasses. Too young yet to shave. His age.
One shot was all it would take, they had told him, so long as he hit the target. He blinked the sweat out of his eyes as his finger pulled the trigger, slowly, firmly, even gently, again as they had taught him. The stock recoiled against his shoulder as the high explosive round left the barrel. The sound of the shot rendered him temporarily deaf.
Before he could raise his eye from the scope, the helicopter touched down on the pad and on landing seemed simply to shatter into a thousand pieces. The three-man crew died instantly, shredded by fragments from their own splintering aircraft, as did the one soldier on the ground standing fifteen feet from the landing pad, skewered by a flying piece of one of the rotors. All six of the soldiers waiting for their ride home fifty feet from the landing pad were injured as well, two of them mortally.
The watcher upslope granted him just enough time to be amazed at the destruction he had wrought before putting a bullet into the back of his head precisely where his skull ended and his spinal column began.

Copyright © 2012 by Dana Stabenow

Meet the Author

Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner, is the author of eighteen previous Kate Shugak novels, four Liam Campbell mysteries, three science-fiction novels, and two thrillers. She was born, raised, and lives in Alaska, where she was awarded the Governor's Award for the Humanities.

Dana Stabenow is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Shugak mysteries and the Liam Campbell mysteries, as well as a few science fiction and thriller novels. Her book A Cold Day for Murder won an Edgar Award in 1994. Stabenow was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She has a B.A. in journalism and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of Alaska. She has worked as an egg counter and bookkeeper for a seafood company, and worked on the TransAlaska pipeline before becoming a full-time writer. She continues to live in Alaska.

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Restless in the Grave 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
SophieCA More than 1 year ago
Good read, as always with this author.
Gran6 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series as well as the Liam Campbell series and this one did not disappoint. thoroughly enjoyed the book!
Janice-Webb More than 1 year ago
Dana Stasbenow has taken her main characters from two series(Kate and Liam)and put them in one novel. And made it work! Really loved the book.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This latest Kate Shugak novel imports the protagonist from another Stabenow series, Liam Campbell, relegating Jim Chopin, Kate’s lover, to a walk-on role. It also takes place far away from her home base in Alaska, The Park. Liam has a problem, and he visits Jim for his help. It appears a leading citizen of Niniltna, Liam’s base, has died in an airplane crash, which might or might not have been an accident. Liam’s wife could well be classified as a potential suspect if, indeed, it was a murder. Jim suggests Kate undertake an investigation. So Kate goes undercover in Niniltna, taking a position as barmaid in a bar and grill, while attempting to learn what had taken place. And of course, she hears gossip and learns information little by little, taking her as far away as an outer island in the Alaskan chain and, along the way, a look into a possible murder widens to a much wider scope. As in previous entries in the series, descriptions of the Alaskan environment, both as to people and land, are outstanding, especially the effects of economic development on the state’s residents. The plot is somewhat different from the prior Shugak novels, given the wider scope afforded by the new location far away from her beloved “Park” and the “Park Rats.” It could well be looked at as a standalone, except for the fact that the characters are the same as in the two series for which the author is well-known. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the glimpse of Alaska (however fictionalized) and was glad to have both Liam and Kate (and Mutt!) in one book...but why, oh why, did the author have to insert so much of her political viewpoints into the book? They added nothing to the story and were completely annoying; I can't believe that extraneous crud made it past editing - I guess editors have little power against established authors?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grave I just looked at the title
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved seeing my favorite characters together for the first time.
Sansabiel More than 1 year ago
Stabenow is a great writer for those of us who like strong women, dealing with a tough life daily, not whining, and not looking for a man to handle things for them. She also understands that our dogs are more than just a hairy tool, they're our friends, partners, defenders and deserve our defense in turn. The men in her books are not whimps, they are the equal to her women, and capable of doing real life things like the men in my life, not always looking for a "service" to take care of the simple things like so many city guys do. I love that Stabenow characters are like people in the real world, they all chip in and do what it takes to care for themselves and their families, no such thing as division of duties around the house or in work, and they live with nature, not pamper it.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
In her latest case, Kate goes undercover and in less than 24 hours upon her arrival in town, she’s turned up a hornet’s nest of hidden secrets, blackmail and murder. I love this series and the action started immediately and did not let up from the very first page to an ending that left me saying “Wow”. Leaving no stones unturned as she digs deeper into this case, Kate finds herself in precarious situations handling it with amusing anecdote. I quickly devoured this gripping mystery of intriguing that boasts a strong cast of characters and a locale that I would love to visit. I eagerly await the next book in this wonderfully well-scripted and fabulous series.
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Sagesplottwister More than 1 year ago
I love reading Dana Stabenow. She teaches me something new every time I read her works. My vocabulary grows, as does my knowledge of the vast land we call Alaska. Great storytelling.
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Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her best in a while. Works really well as a yarn and as a picture of the author's Alaska. I read a section to my son and described another to my wife. Not as strong on characterization as some of the early ones, though. Introduces Kate Shugak to Liam and Wy and company, main characters in an excellent, previous series, but without fleshing them out much this time.
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BeeBearTravel More than 1 year ago
If you like I, have become a great fan of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series, you will love this one. Enter Liam Campbell & Jim Chopin together in one book full of twists and turns, and ice chests, and dumpsters, and Trawler's. Kate investigates the crash of aviation entrepreneur's Finn Grant's Piper Super Cub, of who's demise Liam thinks his wife Wyanet, herself a bush pilot, may be a suspect. I don't know how she does it, but each book in my opinion gets better and better..can't wait for "Bad Blood" to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love her books. the characters are clear and fully developed
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