A NIGHT TOO DARK
Kate Shugak's dark side is on display
in Stabenow's 17th series novel, which mixes Alaska's splendor, environmentalism, greed and bigamy. There isn't
a stone left unturned as Stabenow exhumes old memories and new problems in a book taut with danger and enriched by the varied personalities
of the population.
When what is purported to be the world's second largest gold mine is discovered practically in Kate's backyard, she isn't sure if the surge to the local economy will be worth the changes she's seeing. The miners are bringing in their own set of problems -- including murder, depression, adultery and greed -- to mesh with the changing community, and everyone from Ranger Dan to Jim Chopin to the four aunties is working to adjust. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 320 pp., $24.99)