Two thousand people go missing in Alaska every year.
They vanish in the middle of mountain footraces, on fishing boats in the Bering Sea, on small planes in the Bush. Now a geologist known for going walkabout with his rock hammer has disappeared from the Suulutaq Mine in the Park. Was it deliberate? An accident? Foul play? Kate Shugak may be the only person who can find out.
But for the fact that Kate, too, is among the missing…
Edgar-winner Stabenow s richly nuanced, highly entertaining 21st Kate Shugak mystery (after 2013 s Bad Blood) finds the Alaskan PI, who s recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered months before, enjoying her solitude at her isolated cabin at the foot of the Quilak Mountains when some unwelcome visitors, who call themselves orienteers, pass by. One of them, a woman whose looks remind Kate of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, seeks Kate s aid after she tumbles off a ridge and falls on a heap of human bones. The intrepid Kate packs up the scanty remains, which a variety of animals have picked clean, and heads for the nearest town. Soon a woman hires Kate to find her missing husband, and the plot goes off in some surprising directions from there. The book is sprinkled with wit, studded with exquisite descriptions of the rugged landscape, and filled with opinionated and endearing characters, including reality TV show producers, park rangers, geologists, and barkeeps. The dialogue is smart, authentic, and reminiscent of Elmore Leonard, had he trained his shrewdly ironic eye on the wilds of Alaska rather than the seamier side of Detroit. A line from a Robert Frost poem provided the title.
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Well Worth the Wait!
I finished it in 3 days! Couldn't put it down. Stabenow does a perfect job bringing us back to the Park with its great characters . And missed all those characters I did indeed! Just like her other 20 in the series, its riveting and exciting with a good dose of ....oh I'll hold off on that so as not to give anything away! Ms. Stabenow, please give us more we could devour!
Sorry I do not read fixtion
Please give me a way of turning off the stream of book ads. If not I will stop using iBooks, this is abuse pure and simple.
Having read all the previous books in this series, twice, and having enjoyed them immensely, I felt this latest volume to be a letdown, a half-assed effort that needlessly stoops to political and social commentary. Baby boomers need to die off as soon as possible?? I read books like this in order to take a much needed rest from reality, not to be reminded of it. If I wanted political bravo sierra I would turn on the news, or open Facebook. Oh, and with all Bannister's money he should be in something newer than a GII. No one of any stature flies those dinosaurs anymore.