A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

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A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she’s of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and justice in an unjust world. Kate’s search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she'd hoped never to confront again.

The first novel in the popular Kate Shugak Series, A Cold Day for Murder established Dana Stabenow as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing, and earned her an Edgar Award. 

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 19, 2002 – Sgt. Liam Campbell's fourth outing (following 2000's Nothing Gold Can Stay) finds the Alaska state trooper exploring an old plane crash and a new murder in a story marked by Edgar winner Stabenow's superb depictions of the Alaskan landscape and its willful inhabitants. The discovery of a WWII era American army plane embedded in the face of a glacier raises a surprising number of questions. And the murder of a feisty, elderly matriarch leads to some surprising revelations about her active life. Having through a misstep in his career landed in the small fishing town of Newenham on the eastern edge of Bristol Bay, Campbell now has a chance to return to Anchorage, but he's not sure he wants to. For one thing, there's his unresolved relationship with pilot Wyanet "Wy" Chouinard, typical of the many intriguingly complex relationships with which the author has filled the plot. The bonds of love, blood ties and friendships play out in convincing and satisfying fashion. Stabenow also laces her story with Alaskan history, from the development spurred by WWII, including the upgrade of the Alaska Railroad and construction of the Alcan Highway, to the halcyon days and more recent decline of the fishing industries. Passionate about his work and perhaps more clear-headed about his professional life than his personal life, Campbell makes an engaging hero, one who bids fair to become as popular as Kate Shugak, the heroine of Stabenow's other, long-running series. FYI:The author's most recent Kate Shugak novel is A Fine and Bitter Snow (Forecasts, May 27).

Customer Reviews

Good for a quick read

The plot was not spectacular, but it kept me interested enough. Going to read more of her books if that says anything.

A Cold Day for Murder

I enjoyed the book. My initial impression was that this was an easy read that required little thought. Wrong. This error had me going back and checking facts I should have been noticed had I been more attentive. I am now looking forward to reading additional books by this author, and I will be more attentive this time.

Very enjoyable read

...which gets better as it progresses. Good local (Alaskan) color makes it a pleasant escape, and I found the characters which at first seemed flimsy became deeper as the novel went on. When the second in the series is available electronically, I'll buy it.

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow
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  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Mar 10, 2011
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
  • Seller: Gere Donovan Press
  • Print Length: 199 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Kate Shugak

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