VILLAGE OF THE GHOST BEARS by Stan Jones
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VILLAGE OF THE GHOST BEARS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For Alaska state trooper Nathan Active, love in a cold climate gets mixed with murder.

Amazing Grace, they used to call her when she walked the wild side of Anchorage—a bad girl stunning to look at, but with an aura of doomsday as much a part of her as her beautiful face. Back in her hometown of Chukchi now, Grace Palmer is a different woman. While she hasn’t actually vanquished her despair, it has been leavened by hope, and Nathan Active, who’s crazy about her in all her moods, takes heart from the change, as well as modest credit for having done what love can do. He’d like to earn credit too for solving a crime that’s brought volatile Chukchi close to frenzy. It’s become evident that the tragic fire in the town’s recreation center was deliberately set, costing the lives of seven people. As it turns out, however, six of the deaths were gratuitous, since the ugly crime was an act of vengeance aimed at only one. But which one? At first, Nathan gets it wrong, and when he finally gets it right he can’t quite make himself believe it—until he remembers that he’s in Alaska, where the bizarre and the commonplace are so often inextricable.

Multilayered characters and an offbeat setting authentically rendered—Jones (Frozen Sun, 2008, etc.) bids fair to become the Tony Hillerman of Alaska.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-56947-606-2
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Soho
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2009




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