Books by Dana Stabenow

BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"To her usual atmospheric detection, Stabenow adds more than a hint of Romeo and Juliet, or the Hatfields and the McCoys."
A clash of family cultures may be behind a series of murders. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Stabenow offers Kate (Though Not Dead, 2011, etc.) and Liam (Better to Rest, 2002, etc.) a combination of fast and furious adventure and the beauty and complexity of Alaska."
Alaskan p.i. Kate Shugak goes undercover as a favor to her boyfriend, State Trooper Jim Chopin, and finds herself yet again in deep trouble. Read full book review >
THOUGH NOT DEAD by Dana Stabenow
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Kate's latest presents both a fascinating puzzle and an in-depth look at life in Alaska, past and present."
Alaskan native Kate Shugak (A Night Too Dark, 2010, etc.), former investigator for the Anchorage DA, investigates her own family's past. Read full book review >
A NIGHT TOO DARK by Dana Stabenow
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"Kate, still unhappily serving as the chair of the Niniltna Native Association, is even unhappier about cell phones, moneyed tourists and other encroaching changes to the Alaskan lifestyle, not to mention the greed that accelerates them."
Think of gold, lots of gold. Read full book review >
PREPARED FOR RAGE by Dana Stabenow
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Taut and alarming."
Brutal tribal injustice motivates a Western-educated Pakistani to compete with Osama bin Laden as a terror theorist, targeting America's space shuttle. Read full book review >
A DEEPER SLEEP by Dana Stabenow
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Yet another strong entry in this long-running series: a satisfying exploration of justice on America's last frontier with a twisty ending that marks a new stage in Kate's career."
A ne'er-do-well in Niniltna, Alaska, as bent as he is good-looking, has so far escaped justice, but he may not escape revenge. Read full book review >
BLINDFOLD GAME by Dana Stabenow
Released: Jan. 23, 2006

"An exciting premise and the obligatory arrival of the (nautical) cavalry alternate with calming—some might say dull—exposition of politics and technology."
In her first stand-alone thriller, Stabenow (A Taint in the Blood, 2004, etc.) pits a Coast Guard cutter against a diabolical terrorist ring armed with a dirty bomb. Read full book review >
A TAINT IN THE BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Promising intrigue that is either muddied or enhanced by Kate's love life, depending on whether you find her as irresistible as Stabenow obviously does."
Since the wealthiest suspect in Stabenow's novels (A Grave Denied, 2003, etc.) is usually the guiltiest, Kate Shugak is in a tough position when the daughter of two of Alaska's oldest leading families hires her. Read full book review >
A GRAVE DENIED by Dana Stabenow
Released: Sept. 8, 2003

"A satisfying case for Kate and her friends, although alert readers will spot the villain before they do."
Kate Shugak (A Fine and Bitter Snow, 2002, etc.) gets handed a cold one: Len Dreyer's body, frozen beneath a glacier, with a shotgun hole in its chest. Read full book review >
BETTER TO REST by Dana Stabenow
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Newenham's past and Liam's role in its future are all sorted out, in a taut, pleasingly complicated idyll."
Things are looking up for the beleaguered Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Liam Campbell (Nothing Gold Can Stay, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: June 17, 2002

"When she finally gets around to the serious business of murder, it's satisfying but anticlimactic."
Kate Shugak's 12th adventure (The Singing of the Dead, 2001, etc.) begins with a threat against the Park, the beloved wilderness she shares with Stabenow's other regulars. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 2001

"Her relationships, however, remain as unresolved as the prostitute's ancient murder."
Her friends (surprising in number considering her antisocial tendencies) are treating Kate Shugak like fragile goods—but, as her 11th adventure demonstrates, she's stamped "Expedite Delivery (or Else)." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Readers willing to sluice through a distracting number of subplots and locals, including an Arthurian serial killer, will be rewarded by flashes of gold in Stabenow's quirky characters and her impressively exhaustive exploration of the varieties of love."
In his third outing, Alaskan State Trooper Liam Campbell (Fire and Ice, 1998, etc.) has his hands full pursuing air-taxi pilot Wyanet Chouinard. Read full book review >
Released: May 16, 2000

"Stabenow plumbs new depths in the once-shallow Chopper Jim and the violence of Kate's despair."
Kate Shugak, Stabenow's Aleutian p.i., doesn't appear until halfway through her ninth adventure, which begins with an armored car hijacking in St. Read full book review >
SO SURE OF DEATH by Dana Stabenow
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Nonstop incident and matchless local color keep you from noticing that you don't get to spend enough time with them to make the real perps as vivid as the Alaska scenery."
For such a backwater, Newenham, Alaska, sure is jumping. Read full book review >
HUNTER'S MOON by Dana Stabenow
Released: May 1, 1999

"Part whodunit, part actioner, part thriller, all of it a new gold standard for Kate's nine cases (Killing Grounds, 1998, etc.)."
It's a lucky thing that Kate Shugak is, as her sweetie Jack Morgan points out, a Renaissance woman who can shoot, guide, survive in the Alaskan bush, and bring murderers to justice, since she'll need all those skills and more to handle the big-game hunting party George Perry is taking to Taiga Lodge. Read full book review >
FIRE AND ICE by Dana Stabenow
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"As in the Kate Shugak series, Stabenow supplies lots of quirky people, adventures, and scenery—there's a particularly exciting bout of herring spotting in story for Liam himself—before attending to a mystery that's still thickening when most authors would be calling it a day."
The creator of Alaskan Park Ranger Kate Shugak (Killing Grounds, 1997, etc.) begins a new series by dumping Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell out of the plane that's taking him to his new posting in backcountry Newenham and onto a tarmac to join the late Bob DeCreft, whose career as a herring spotter has been ended by a doctored propeller Bob didn't know was live, and by Bob's boss, contract pilot Wyanet Chouinard, who used to fly Liam around, and sleep with him too. Read full book review >
KILLING GROUNDS by Dana Stabenow
Released: March 23, 1998

"Like Breakup (1997), Kate's eighth is best approached as a leisurely guided tour of still another unexpected corner of the Yukon State, with crime and punishment taking a backseat, along with the large, colorful cast of extras."
Drift fisherman Calvin Meany is the kind of guy who bullies his wife, beats his son, drives a family away from its fishing site so that he can take it over, cuts his neighbor's nets in the hope of driving her off too, and breaks a strike against a big seafood buyer by continuing to fish with his indentured relatives. Read full book review >
BREAKUP by Dana Stabenow
Released: June 2, 1997

"Readers will find much more to like in this easygoing, farcical series of not-very-mysterious riffs—even though every separate plot seems like an afterthought, and the whole parcel a circus with Kate more bemused audience than ringmaster."
Spring has come to Kate Shugak's Alaskan park, and the snow is melting, along with every trace of social inhibition among the human and animal residents. Read full book review >
BLOOD WILL TELL by Dana Stabenow
Released: May 7, 1996

"Even though she says she hates the city, Kate glows throughout the case, presumably confident that her creator has framed the Anchorage background and the familiar issues perfectly. (Mystery Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Fresh from killing and dressing a moose, subsistence fisher Kate Shugak (Play With Fire, 1995, etc.) allows her activist grandmother Ekaterina to drag her to big-city Anchorage before Ekaterina's Niniltna Native Association—in town for the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention—votes whether a disputed parcel of tribal land be open to logging. Read full book review >
PLAY WITH FIRE by Dana Stabenow
Released: April 1, 1995

"Still, don't expect an endorsement from Newt Gingrich. (Author tour)"
Quite a change from the white-collar, white-landscape crime of A Cold-Blooded Business (1994): It's June in Alaska; the sun never drops below the horizon; the temperature hovers around 80 degrees; and Kate Shugak, passing through tiny Chistona picking mushrooms, finds the body of schoolteacher Daniel Seabolt, missing but unreported since the previous August. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

"Next time, maybe."
Aleut investigator Kate Shugak—in her first hardcover—goes undercover as a roustabout on Alaska's North Slope to find out who's been running drugs into Royal Petroleum Company (RPetCo)'s base camp, leading to at least one death—of a production operator who got so high he drowned in the camp swimming pool. Read full book review >