"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.
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