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Dead in the Water

Book 3, Kate Shugak - Kate Shugak #3

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Two crewmen of the crab vessel Avilda are missing—presumed dead—under very suspicious circumstances. The Bering Sea offers ample means and opportunity, but without bodies, a motive, or evidence of foul play, the DA doesn’t have a case. And so, freelancing again for her former employer, Kate Shugak finds herself working undercover in one of Alaska’s most dangerous professions: crab fisherman. It’s an assignment that will take her from the debauchery of Dutch Harbor to the most isolated of the Aleutians, and if the job itself doesn’t kill her, her unsavory crewmates just might.

Third in Stabenow’s Edgar Award-winning series of Alaskan mysteries, Dead in the Water is richly informed by the author’s own upbringing aboard an Alaskan fishing vessel.

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

It's a rough, tough life Of toil and strife

That's crabbing in a nutshell!

I wasn't too surprised to see Rolling Down to Old Maui come out of Kate's mouth, and glad I am she's considering singing again. I will always hear that song in the late Stan Rogers's voice.

As always, a Kate Shugak book takes me on several side trips to Wikipedia to learn more about a place or an event. This time, I started the book about 11:30pm, and finished it at--what do you mean it's almost 6am? Better than tossing and coughing and wishing I could sleep with this cold!

I always appreciate the history, more exposure to Aleut culture, and geography lessons. This time I was introduced to story knives, and basket weaving with rye grass.

I saw at least a bit of Deadliest Catch, and in the SF Bay Area, we're likely to have Dungeness rather than tanner crabs, and the crabbers are out of Half Moon Bay instead of Anchorage, but I knew something going in about how scary open ocean crabbing is. That didn't really matter: you're taken out of your favorite reading location and dropped on the deck of a crabber in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea so well that your hands numb from the cold, and your exhaled breath turns to ice, upon leaving your body.

Read this with something hot to drink. It'll help warm your hands back up.

Fun & Addictive

Dana gives you a glimpse into life in Alaska, only without the cold or mosquitoes.

The stories ave enough color and background to make it very easy to become part of it.

Kate Shugak series ROCKS.

Written by an Alaskan about an Alaskan. Dana is a visual writer, with the ability to pace her novels to draw you in from the first page and keep you with her to the last. I'm on the fifth in the series, and hoping they never end.

Dead in the Water
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 25, 2011
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
  • Seller: Gere Donovan Press
  • Print Length: 217 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Kate Shugak
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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