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Play With Fire

Book 5, Kate Shugak - Kate Shugak #5

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A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt and decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the state troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's investigative instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires she confront issues of community, faith, and free will.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 29, 1996 – Mystery matters less than people and place in this sixth adventure for Native Alaskan investigator Kate Shugak (after Play with Fire). Relishing the prospect of a solitary winter at her isolated cabin, Shugak is pressured back to Anchorage by her grandmother, a leader of her Native association. A member of the association board dies mysteriously as the group prepares to vote on a controversial development initiative for tribal hunting and fishing lands. Soon after Shugak agrees to help, another board member suffers a fatal "accident." With the help of her lover, Jack Morgan, a local policeman, and the 140-pound Mutt, her half-Husky, half-Arctic gray wolf, Shugak sorts through tribal politics and a long trail of corruption in battles over land and oil. Sensing that lobbyists and developers have penetrated the Native association, Shugak fears that the truth may hit close to home. Even if Stabenow sometimes lapses into lecture tones to solve the puzzle, Alaska's rough and tumble history fascinates, and Shugak is an eloquent voice for Native Alaskan concerns in changing times. Two contrasting chapters--Shugak's shooting a moose and her reluctant conversion to glamour at Nordstrom's--stand out. Major ad/promo; Mystery Guild alternate.

Customer Reviews

As usual, made me look up quite a few things

But I always enjoy that.

I have quite a few bones to pick with the "Christians" who have stripped culture, language, and spirituality from First Peoples, in the Americas, as well as anywhere in the colonies of the French, British, and other European nations. I have a pet peeve about the extinction of languages, as it is.

Learning about Kate's college experiences helps flesh out her background, and the whys of her motivations. I love how many people want to breed Mutt.

The bits with the clueless tourists were hilarious.

I did spot the likely cause of death early on, and suspected who was behind it. I hope the orchestrator of the death and other evil deeds is found, in a later book, to have received comeuppance.

Play with Fire

I now have read or listened to every one of the Kate Shugak and the Liam Campbell books by Dana Stabenow. I enjoyed all of the books immensely. Her characters are real with flaws as we all are. Thank you and I look forward to more in the future. Well worth the read!!

Not her normal. This one offensive.

Normally I like her books. This one tho her mass all sweeping assumption that if you're religious you have to be a lazy fanatic who deserves scorn just rubbed me raw.

Skip this one & move on. Her & Jack hook back up with the kid getting invited out for Labor Day later & Jim makes a bigger appearance. Kate & Bobby along with his new fling spend most of their time calling religious people lazy nut cases & telling stories on all their worst ever.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Jun 16, 2011
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
  • Seller: Gere Donovan Press
  • Print Length: 314 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 5, 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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