THOUGH NOT DEAD
P.I. Kate Shugak is back in this atmospheric novel that conveys a deep love of the land, history and cultural traditions of Alaska. The strong – and strong-willed – characters are fully developed – including the lovable and dependable half-wolf dog, Mutt. This is not a fast read, but that’s because you will be savoring the details of this richly textured story. If you haven’t read the earlier novels, don’t worry - you will still enjoy this one.
The death of Old Sam, Kate’s uncle and foster father, sets Kate off on a scavenger hunt for cryptic clues, hidden documents and secrets. Kate embarks on this investigative journey involving Old Sam’s father, battles in the Aleutian Islands during WWII, a missing Russian icon, Dashiell Hammett and hidden gold mines. She is attacked several times, run off the road and shot at. Meanwhile, Faithful Mutt is frustrated that Kate keeps holding her back from going after the bad guys. And while all of this is going on, Kate’s love interest, Jim Chopin, is off in L.A. unraveling his own family mysteries. (Minotaur, Feb., 464 pp., $25.99)
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