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Restless in the Grave: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels Book 19) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : February 14, 2012
- File size : 687 KB
- Print length : 384 pages
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; First edition (February 14, 2012)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005GXOQGA
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,648 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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PI Kate Shugak is surprised to receive a call from State Trooper Liam Campbell. An even bigger surprise is being offered a job to investigate a murder; however, one of the possible suspects is Campbell’s wife. Traveling to Niniltana and working undercover doesn’t seem so bad, except someone is taking strong exception to her presence and making that clear in very physical ways. In spite of a handsome actor who is there, is soon becomes clear that the case of murder is only a small part of much bigger, uglier crimes.
As wonderful as are the characters of Kate and Mutt, it was a delight to have Liam Campbell and the cantankerous Moses, seer and master of tai-chi, back in the mix. There is no question but that Stabenow creates wonderful characters; good and bad.
Stabenow’s voice and humor bring humanity and balance to serious mysteries…”Kate marched them [the NNA board members] through old business like Alexander went through Asia…”. At the same time, this book did not, in any way, lack for suspense.
Dana Stabenow is an Alaskan who knows her state and its people. Her descriptions are powerful and create a very strong sense of place. Yet she also recognizes that life in Alaska is not for everyone…”Jim asked her [a perpetrator being extradited to another state] why she had confessed to charges that were five years old and three thousand miles away. “I’m tired of Alaskan winters.” She said.”. She also presents a very good look at the challenges, both in types of crimes and lack of manpower, policing Alaska.
One element which may bother some readers is that she addresses the issue of gun ownership and gun control. Some people might take exception to Kate’s views on guns, war, and those who fight. She does bring up as aspect of which I was unaware, yet is very disturbing.
“Restless in the Grave” is a very good book. It is well plotted. It follows both Kate and Chopper Jim’s cases, even though they are in different locations. One of Jim’s cases very much mirrors a major case currently in the news. It is suspenseful, yet with elements of humor, has great dialogue and excellent characters. For being a 19th book, Ms. Stabenow has definitely not lost her touch.
RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE (Lic Invest-Kate Shugak/Liam Campbell-Alaska-Contemp) – VG
Stabenow, Dana – 19th in series
Minotaur Books, 2012
Without listing spoilers, I will say that I regretfully admire Stabenow's ability to create and nourish rich characters right up to the point where, as in life, they pass on. This book is not the first time such has occurred in her works. No fan likes to see the attrition of beloved actors, but you have to admire the author who has the cajones to do so and move on.
As an aside, I preordered this book for my Kindle. Around 9pm, Alaska time, the night before the official release date, it automatically appeared in my Kindle. Now if I could get the next one to arrive in a few months, instead of the usual year, I'd be a happy boy.
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For once, Jim Chopin isn't in the thick of the investigation, but seemingly left behind, to cope with the huge increase of minor crime reporting, resulting from the improved mobile phone signal (thanks to the mining corporation's installation of a mast) in addition to the usual round of thefts, shootings, drunkenness, etc. There are times when it's very helpful to Kate that he is so easily accessible by phone... He is left with a dilemma, though, when Kate's cousin, Axenia, now on the Board, turns up in some very dubious company, and does he/doesn't he face the potential wrath of Kate by telling her about it. It's very interesting to see how both Jim and Kate cope with the unaccustomed separation from each other.
Even as we meet all the characters from both series, Kate - and Mutt - are busy investigating murder, facing an even greater number of threats, and meeting a very interesting famous man, who appeals to them both a little too much. The sticky situations are very sticky, extremely well-written, and quite nail-biting. Kate's encounters with Moses are amusing, since he's undaunted by her, and bullies her into doing things she otherwise never would. Mutt is, as ever, the best character of all the wonderful individuals created by the author, and that's high praise.
The investigation reaches a most amazing climax, followed by another, and then one of the saddest things in the book, which left me a little numb for the final winding down of the story, even though it clarifies Moses' repeated assertion that "You know he didn't do it, right?".
There's no doubt that this is another excellent story from Dana Stabenow, and I can't think why I wrote this review, when the whole thing could have been summed up in a few pithy words from Annie Mike "Jim said you were on a job, and once I heard mayhem and murder, I knew it had to be you."
I suppose why I didnt 'love it' was purely getting used to having both of the main Alaskan criminal themes coming together. The overall plot was better and I suspect there could be much more mileage in weaving to two together, as the characters are certainly different enough and Alaska is big enough to cope with more 1 add 1 is 3 stories. My slight fear and hope is that we're not seeing the begining of the end for one of the themes and hence not the full 5 star treatment.