So Sure of Death (Liam Campbell Series #2)

So Sure of Death (Liam Campbell Series #2)

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by Dana Stabenow, Marguerite Gavin
     
 

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Liam Campbell has lost more than most men lose in a lifetime: his wife and young son are dead - victims of a tragic accident; his budding career is in a deep freeze ever since five people died on his Anchorage watch. Demoted from sergeant to trooper, exiled to Newenham, a town teeming with fiercely independent Natives, he lives on a leaky gillnetter moored in… See more details below

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Liam Campbell has lost more than most men lose in a lifetime: his wife and young son are dead - victims of a tragic accident; his budding career is in a deep freeze ever since five people died on his Anchorage watch. Demoted from sergeant to trooper, exiled to Newenham, a town teeming with fiercely independent Natives, he lives on a leaky gillnetter moored in Bristol Bay, brooding on how to put down roots on dry land again and rekindle his relationship with bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard, who won his heart long ago, and then broke it.. "Then word arrives from Kulukak: The fishing boat Marybethia is adrift, victim of a shipboard fire. Flying out with Trooper Diana Prince, his new assistant and pilot, Liam arrives to find the horribly burned bodies of a family of local fishers and their crew. Was it a terrible accident? Or a cover-up of something worse?. "At the same time, on a routine air-taxi run to a dig near Chinook Air Force Base, Wy discovers a young archaeological assistant, gruesomely murdered. And to make a perfect day complete, Liam's estranged father, Air Force Colonel Charles Campbell, flies into Newenham on assignment to the Chinook base. Even for Newenham, things are getting out of hand.. "From Bill's Bar and Grill, where the local magistrate metes out her own brand of justice - Bristol Bay-style - to a remote northern shore where herds of walrus emerge from a sullen sea, Liam follows a trail of false leads, false confessions, and false hopes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stabenow's second Liam Campbell mystery (after Fire and Ice) has the vivid descriptions, rich characterization and compelling plot that distinguish her nine Kate Shugak books, with the added advantage of extra sex appeal. Alaska State Trooper Campbell, stationed in the southwest Alaska boondocks, has a lot on his plate: an eager new trooper, Diana Prince; a visit from his estranged father, an air force colonel on a suspicious mission; the reappearance of his great love, charter pilot Wyanet (Wy) Chouinard; and two very different cases rife with false clues. When an assistant at an important archeological site is murdered, evidence points to Frank Petla, a Yupik grave robber who travels by four-wheeler. Liam apprehends him in a dramatic chase by leaping out of Wy's Cub into a lake, but later comes to believe Frank's profession of innocence. The desperate murderer finally reveals himself, almost killing Wy and her journalist friend Jo. Finding a killer who sets fire to a fishing boat, incinerating all seven people aboard, proves a more difficult task. Initially, Liam suspects a disgruntled former deckhand, but the solution hinges on careful observation and an understanding of Yupik lifestyles and traditions, a necessity for these white cops in a predominantly Native American population. Colorful characters abound, and Stabenow ably evokes the life of hard-pressed commercial fishermen. The mystery ends on a mystical note, integrating Native American belief into a satisfying conclusion. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-Demoted because of five deaths that occurred on his watch, Alaskan state trooper Liam Campbell is sent to the remote village of Newenham where he finds himself fitting in with the hardy townspeople. In one day, he is faced with seven shot and burned bodies of a local family on a scuttled fishing boat and the murder of an archaeologist's gofer. Though he quickly has suspects in jail for each of the crimes, Liam continues sleuthing over the protests of his assistant and finds a twist to each of the murders. All of this is set against a backdrop of fishing villages and backwoods saloons with their attendant colorful characters. The culture of the native Alaskans is introduced as Liam collects clues from the dig site and interviews the council members of the fishing village. The challenges of the terrain are apparent from the number of airplanes, four-wheel drive vehicles, and boats used for transport; and the clear, concise writing mimics the clarity of the Alaskan light during the long summer days. There's a mixture of romance with the mystery as Liam connects with a former girlfriend. Great for adventure or mystery lovers.-Pam Spencer, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
For such a backwater, Newenham, Alaska, sure is jumping. Now that State Trooper Liam Campbell's comatose wife has finally died and Liam is free to pursue his romance with air-taxi owner Wyanet Chouinard, seven murders have come between them: the Malone family, father, mother, brother, two children, and two deckhands, all have been shot and set afire aboard their fishing boat, which was then scuttled and left to sink. As if that slaughter weren't enough to keep Liam preoccupied, Wy has found a corpse of her own. Prof. Desmond McLynn's gofer, Don Nelson, has been pinned by a native storyknife to McLynn's excavation at Tulukaruk. So even though things ought to be looking up for Liam—the arrival of rookie Trooper Diana Prince has given the boss who broke him from sergeant and exiled him to Newenham (Fire and Ice, 1998) an excuse to promote him to corporal, and he and Wy are at least on speaking terms again—he's spending most of his time with Wy getting flown from one crime scene to the next. Liam never doubts that the two suspects who fall handily into his lap, one for each crime, are guilty as hell, but veterans of Stabenow's long-running Kate Shugak series (Hunter's Moon, p. 492, etc.) will know better. Nonstop incident and matchless local color keep you from noticing that you don't get to spend enough time with them to make the real perps as vivid as the Alaska scenery.

Dallas Morning News - Laurie Trimble
Stabenow has created another [compelling] Alaska setting. The wilderness and its colorful inhabitants make her books vivid and powerful.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455837953
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Liam Campbell Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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