New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow's latest finds Kate Shugak entangled in a bitter tribal rivalry and murder
One hundred years of bad blood between the Alaskan villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help. This time, though, her Park relationships may not be enough to sort out the truth hidden in the tales of tragedy and revenge.
An affectionate nod to Romeo and Juliet, Stabenow's absorbing 20th Kate Shugak novel (after 2012's Restless in the Grave) focuses on two feuding villages in the 20 million acre Alaskan national park that Kate calls home. Kushtaka, founded by the Athabascan Mack family, is in decline, losing population and clinging to a subsistence lifestyle. Trappers led by the Norwegian Christianson family founded nearby Kuskulana, which has thrived with an airstrip, a growing population, and federal funds. When the body of Kushtakan Tyler Mack surfaces in a river, Sgt. Jim Chopin, a state trooper, thinks it's likely a homicide; when a second body, of a Kuskulaner, turns up, Chopin is sure more violence will follow. The secretive romance between Kushtakan Jennifer Mack and Kuskulaner Ryan Christianson might turn the feud into a war. Meanwhile, Kate has a plan to save the couple. Edgar-winner Stabenow's take on Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers ends in a tragedy likely to shock series fans. Author tour.
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There'd Better Be More
I may never get enough of Kate Shugak so Ms. Stabenow better have another "Kate" book in process. I have read everyone of the Kate Shugak series. They are great reads. So was this one. They only thing preventing a 5 star rating was the author giving character background/context at the front of the book. I didn't need it. Ms. Stabenow has another good plot in "Bad Blood" and her normal great character development and intimacy. When's the next one?
Ended with a "hook" more than three years ago!
I have bought every book in the Kate Shugak series, as well as the Liam Campbell series and the two Coast Guard books. Sometimes an author leaves us with a cliff-hanger or "hook" to encourage sales of the next book. I truly dislike this practice. Usually the next book in the series comes out in about a year,
It is now May 2016, which is three years and three months after publication. No news yet about her next book. Not a good way to treat your many loyal fans.
I am literally in tears at the Loss of my beloved Kate & Mutt. Please, say it ain't so!! What do I do now?