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Editorial Reviews


Acclaim for Dana Stabenow

“Entertaining 19th novel featuring the brash, fearless PI [Kate Shugak]… The book sparkles with energy and wit, and packs an unexpected punch.”
--Publishers Weekly on Restless in the Grave

Though Not Dead is the latest in Dana Stabenow’s robust series. It’s her most far-reaching Shugak story yet, ambitiously incorporating some of Alaska’s colorful history”
Seattle Times on Though Not Dead

“In Edgar winner Stabenow’s brilliant eighteenth novel to feature the feisty Alaska detective … Kate is at her butt-kicking best as she and Mutt, her inseparable half-wolf, half-husky companion, deal with murder, theft, and deception.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Though Not Dead

“Stabenow is blessed with a rich prose style and a fine eye for detail. … It’s an outstanding series.... If you’ve never visited Alaska, it’s also an intriguing introduction to that big, brawling, rather bewildering state.”
The Washington Post on A Night Too Dark

“Kate Shugak, the Aleut private eye, demonstrates why she is considered one of the best among female sleuths, in A Night Too Dark.”
San Diego Union-Tribune on A Night Too Dark

“Grade: A. Some of the greatest mystery writers enrich us with their wonderful sense of place. Stabenow is one of them: Alaska’s answer to Tony Hillerman, she brings us the sights and sounds that few visitors will ever know.… If you haven’t discovered Stabenow yet, start here—then go back to A Cold Day for Murder and enjoy the whole story.”
—Rocky Mountain News on Whisper to the Blood

From the Back Cover

Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak teams up with Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell--for the very first time--in this stunning thriller from New York Times bestselling author


When aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant dies in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub, state trooper Liam Campbell has reason to believe it's sabotage. Virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive--including Grant's betrayed wife, his bullied children, and even Liam's own wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam seeks outside help from the friend of a friend--a private investigator named Kate Shugak…

"AN OUTSTANDING SERIES."--The Washington Post

Working undercover as a waitress at Bill's Bar and Grill in Newenham, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant's business had expanded meteorically. After buying a closed Air Force base from the government, he ran a fixed-base operation for fishing, hunting, and flight-seeing, as well as a lucrative air freight service. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where? The answers lead Kate on her most challenging case yet, from the fateful wreckage to family secrets to full-scale conspiracy and beyond…


--Kirkus Reviews

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kate Shugak Novels (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312559137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312559137
  • ASIN: 0312559135
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing.

Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace (but has since been resurrected as an e-book), her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, was published February 14, 2012.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow

This is the newest and most unusual of all of Ms Stabenow's books. Dana writes 2 separate series set in Alaska. One is about state trooper Liam Campbell and the other is about private investigator Kate Shugak. Restless in the Grave combines the 2 main characters from both series and turns it into one action and mystery filled, un-put-downable book.

Some readers who have never read any of Ms Stabenow's works may wonder if they can read this as a stand-alone book. While I believe these two series to be the best things since sliced bread and I whole-heartedly suggest you DO read them from book one...but with this particular book, there really is no need. You can dive right in because this is just a little different than her usual books. It does revolve around Kate so you might feel you need the full background but Ms
Stabenow's writing is so complex in this novel and the past experiences of Kate really takes a back-seat to the action and adventure you will find in this book. Once you've read this one you may feel compelled to read them all. I hope you do.

This book takes place in Liam's back-yard, where his wife has a shadow of suspicion thrown on her over the recent death of Finn Grant---who is a totally loathsome creature. Liam asks Kate to come and investigate the death of Finn and to put to rest once and for all whether or not it was pilot error or murder.

Kate starts working undercover and during the course of her investigation, gets locked in a chest freezer with her half wolf Mutt, (among other places she is locked into, meets a super hunky male movie star who may have the hots for Kate and find a plot sending American arms meant for our army into the hands of the enemy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Alaskan billionaire Finn Grant dies when his Piper crashes. Someone sabotaged the plane's engine, but the question is not who had the motive, but who did not have the motive as just about everyone in the western part of the state loathed Finn.

In Niniltna, Alaskan State Trooper Sergeant Liam Campbell asks his former teacher Sergeant Jim Chopin for help in the investigation of the murder of Grant since he cannot because he believes the prime suspect is his wife bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. Jim introduces Liam to his beloved private investigator Kate Shugak. After Jim explains the situation, Kate agrees to go undercover at Bill's Bar and Grill to learn more about the victim's business practices. She soon learns Grant, hated by his own family, blackmailed anyone and embezzled from everyone as he committed fraud and other felonious activity. As Kate and her sidekick Mutt work the case she wonders what freight the deceased shipped since he bought the abandoned air force base as the headquarters of his myriad of businesses.

The first meeting between Shugak (see Though Not Dead) and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell (see Better to Rest) is an entertaining Alaskan investigative thriller. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the two Dana Stabenow's prime series stars meet and never slows down as Kate, the lead protagonist in Restless In The grave, goes from one ice box to another.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
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Few things are more pleasing than coming across a book that I know will be terrific before reading a single page or hearing the opening lines. For me, that's the case with Edgar Award winning author Dana Stabenow and her Kate Shugak series. Born in Alaska Stabenow well knows the territory she limns, and it is this authenticity along with intriguing casts of characters and absorbing plots that make the series so fine. Restless In The Grave is Stabenow's 19th in the series, which seems only to get better with time.

As the story opens there has been a fatal plane crash - aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant literally went down in flames along with his Piper Super Club. Someone tampered with the engine - problem is there are too many likely someones out there including the wife of Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell.

In an effort to prove his wife innocent he asks Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin for help, and Jim brings Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak into the case. She goes undercover (as a waitress at Bill's Bar and Grill) where she not only fries burgers but learns a great deal. Grant's business has definitely been on a solid upswing - after buying a deserted Air Force base he poked his fingers into many pies - fishing, hunting, servicing planes and carrying freight. Question is what kind of freight?

Audio File Earphones award winner Marguerite Gavin has collaborated with Stabenow on a number of the Kate Shugak books, and she does so again with what can easily be described as one more listening pleasure as she perfectly captures the correct pronunciation of native names and places. Not an easy task but she does it while at the same time delivering an engaging performance that holds the listeners' attention.


- Gail Cooke
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marian Reader on March 4, 2012
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In too many mysteries, the reader either can guess "who dun it" too soon, or the solution/ending to the mystery leaves the reader thinking "huh?' because the necessary clues to the solution are missing. Neither is true of RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE. Stabenow gives us multiple clues but inserts them so skillfully that the solution is surprising yet satisfying. And she also sets us up for then next book in the series!
I did wonder about a couple of things. Why bring in Diana Prince towards the end of the novel, when she has no bearing on the plot? I decided that Stabenow wanted to have all the major characters in the Liam book in this one. I also wondered why Stabenow named Tina's best friend Jeannie and the Atna bartender Jean? I don't have an answer for that one. And I have to look up Bothams.
Lastly, I like the bits of Stabenow that are scattered throughout the book - praise for librarians and anti-war sentiments for example.
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