Kate Shugak returns to her roots in the far Alaskan north, after leaving the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Her deductive powers are definitely needed when a ranger disappears. Looking for clues among the Aleutian pipeliners, she begins to realize the fine line between lies and loyalties--between justice served and cold murder.
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This book was so boring! I only finished it because I was hopeful that the story-line would eventually pick up and get more interesting. I read the book on the recommendation of one of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series), and am sorry to say I was sorely disappointed. I felt no depth or connection with the characters. In fact, I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, who was related to whom, and what significance they played in the story. I was shocked to reach the end and say out loud "Really, that's it? What's was the point of all that?" Sorry, but I don't see how this book got such high ratings.
This really should have just been a 20 page short story. About 5% of the book was devoted to solving the mystery. The other 95% of the book was devoted to grossly over detailed descriptions of houses, people, snow etc. If you are interested in the details of what snow looks like, or what is in the kitchen cabinets of the characters or how the Aleut's live, then this is the book for you. If you are looking for a good mystery, look elsewhere.
Loving Alaska history, Aleut Culture, suspense, murder, a smidgen of romance all weaved into a perfect beginning to a great series about a very courageous, intelligent, determined, driven woman born into an Aleut culture that brings pioneer living and all of its challenges to a boiling point.
Almost two years ago, the very beautiful, skilled, intelligent, accomplished full blooded Aleut Kate Shugak resigned her position as a detective for the Anchorage District Attorney's. Her four years as one of the most successful sex crimes investigators came to screeching halt.
After a life and death traumatic situation, Kate heads to her refuge on her father's primitive homestead cabin in the Alaskian Bush located in a national park in the interior of Alaska. She is soon surrounded by her "village" of family & friends that are "blood" bound to help her heal. She is one of the descendants of a very powerful family lineage that she has deliberately ignored for 8 years but...
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