Whisper to the Blood (Kate Shugak Series #16)

Whisper to the Blood (Kate Shugak Series #16)

by Dana Stabenow
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Whisper to the Blood (Kate Shugak Series #16) by Dana Stabenow

Inside Alaska's biggest national park, around the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park are uneasy. "But gold is up to nine hundred dollars an ounce" is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the popular Alaskan skiing champ hired by the company to improve relations with the locals, and pave the way for the mine's expansion…

Then, just as Talia is ready to present her case at town meetings and village breakfasts, there are two brutal murders, including that of a long-standing mine opponent. The investigation falls to Trooper Jim Chopin and, as usual, he could use some help from newly elected Niniltna Native Association chairman and part-time P.I. Kate Shugak. But Kate already has her hands full with a series of attacks on snowmobilers up the Kanuyaq River and the homicide of Park villain Louis Deem. With both cases on the verge of going cold, can Kate take the heat?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312369743
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: Kate Shugak Series , #16
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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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Whisper to the Blood (Kate Shugak Series #16) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
There's something especially rewarding about following a regional mystery series - you're not only familiar with the characters but with the terrain. Often you've been introduced to unfamiliar territory, and are eager to learn more during a return visit. Such is the case with Dana Stabenow's sterling Kate Shugak series. With this, the sixteenth in the series, we're reacquainted with Kate, a heroine with grit to spare, a 16-year-old foster son, and an Alaska state trooper boyfriend, Jim Chopin. We're also treated to one more narration by the splendid voice performer Marguerite Gavin who has recorded over 200 audiobooks including the first Kate Shugak and others in this series. Check out Dana Stabenow's blog and you'll find that she, too, is thrilled with Gavin's work, saying" Good news for audio book fans......Marguerite Gavin is BACK as narrator!" How true! The voice Gavin has found for Kate captures not only her fierce independence but her strength. The sound is strong, sonorous, yet at times verges on a studied hoarseness that reflects tension or a frightening situation. With Whisper To The Blood we find a Canadian gold mining company, Global Harvest Resources Inc., that has been buying up land inside Alaska's largest national park, simply known as "the Park." Residents don't care for this at all and remain unconvinced that it will be beneficial to them despite the efforts of a well liked ski champion Global Harvest has hired to bolster its pr. She's out there reminding everyone that gold is now selling for $900 an ounce, and the Company will be providing jobs for many. However, it doesn't help a pr campaign any when murder is involved - one of the dead had been vocally opposed to the mine. No surprise that Jim Chopin is called on to solve the killings and that Kate will be by his side. Muddying the waters even further are attacks on snowmobilers. As usual Kate and Jim have more on their plates than most find in several lifetimes, and it's spine-tingling pleasure to find out what they can do about it. Bestselling author and Edgar Award winner Stabenow demonstrates once again that she's tops in her field, springing surprises at every turn along with painterly descriptions of Alaska. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
Aleut private detective Kate Shugak homesteads in the ¿Park¿ and though mentored by her grandmother to become the leader of their tribe and head of the Niniltna Native Association, she is more of a loner than a charismatic leader. Thus her personal issues are even more irritating to her as she struggles with the demands of her teenage foster son Johnny Morgan, and her State Trooper boyfriend Jim. However, their ¿bullying¿ her seems mild compared to the pleas of the four widow "Aunties" who are the ethical conscience of the residents of the ¿Park¿ and play on her scruples. She ignored their concerns before (see A DEEPER SLEEP) to her regret but still prefers to discount their latest apprehensions.

Canadian mining firm, Global Harvest Resources Inc is planning a large operation in the national park that impacts all the homesteaders. The Park residents are angry and some forms of vigilant justice surface with vicious snow machine robberies harming victims. On top of that, two homicides have further divided the developers from the locals. Kate investigates the murders and the violent robberies.

As always with the rugged regional Shugak mystery the investigation is excellent and the heroine¿s personal problems with relationships enhance her as a person with flaws. The eccentric cast augments the prime story line by providing insight into living in the Alaskan wilderness. That barren landscape comes alive as Dana Stabenow escorts her readers to the rugged side of Alaska that the recent election failed to showcase (see A DEEPER SLEEP).

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Auntjudithann More than 1 year ago
I would like to visit Alaska after reading Dana's books
books2luv More than 1 year ago
I love the Kate Shugak series. Ms. Stabenow gives a different perspective on Alaska and the many cultures living together in that state. If you haven't read her Kate Shugak books, I would recommend reading them in order to be able to get the most enjoyment and understanding of the characters and their evolvement.
SMc52 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Stabenow's mysteries that include the character, Kate Shugak. Not only is Shugak a believable and intriquing protagonist, but what is also fascinating are the details about the Native Alaskan cultures and the environment in Alaska.I look forward with anticipation to future books by Stabenow.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
“Whisper to the Blood”, like many of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak novels, is a murder mystery in which the crime typically takes a back seat to the internal development and experiences of Ms. Shugak and her friends.  This book seems to do so to an even greater extent – the murder(s) being secondary to the Park Rats' reactions to the possibility of a new gold mine being opened in the area.   In brief, fans of Kate and The Park should find this book to be another enjoyable view into the life and times of their favorite characters.  New readers would be better served starting earlier in the series and not jumping into it with this particular book. RATING: 3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4 stars.
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Ace_Of_Hearts More than 1 year ago
Love the Kate Shugak series. Great bunch of lovable characters.
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I love this series, and in my opinion, each book gets better! Great plot, characters that are vivid and real, and with Alaska for the setting, well, how can you go wrong? Two thumbs up!!!
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mrsfozzy More than 1 year ago
have read whole series love kate and all the park rats
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