After being sent to the tiny village of Newenham as punishment for a tragic accident that happened on his watch, Alaskan State Trooper Liam Campbell is actually pretty happyin fact, very happy. Hes living with his longtime love, pilot Wyanet Chouinard, and getting to know her 14-year-old adopted son, Tim. His assistant, Trooper Diana Prince, is smart, ambitious, and eager to fight crime.

When the postmistress in a remote settlement is shot, it seems like an interrupted burglary. But in quick succession, theres another killing, and a disappearance. A young minerwhose wife has been bored out of her skull for the last six monthshas been murdered, and his wife is missing. Is she his murderer?

Liam also has to deal with the abused teenage wife of a local politician, and Tims birth motheran alcoholic who broke most of his bones before Wy ad-opted himwho wants him back. But all this pales beside the horrifying realization that these murders may be linked to a chain of deaths going back twenty years, and those close to him may be targeted next.

NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY is another gripping, heart-pounding story from Dana Stabenow. This series is just as riveting and gorgeously written as Stabenows Kate Shugak series, but somewhat lighter in tone, funnier and more romantic. As always, the wild Alaskan landscape is vividly described. (Oct., 275 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Laurie Davie