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With the long-term success of procedural shows dominating prime-time television, the readership for a forensic anthology extends well beyond traditional mystery readers. Collected by Martin H. Greenberg--the King of Anthologists--this volume features the following contributors: Brendan DuBois, Edward D. Hoch, Michael A. Black, Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens, Jeremiah Healy, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Julie Hyzy, John Lutz, Maynard Thomson, Noreen Ayres, Loren D. Estleman, Jeanne C. Stein.
IN THAILAND, TWO MEN HIRE A PAIR OF international pirates to smuggle them, a small team of mercenaries, and some equipment aboard a freighter at a Russian port. It's frighteningly easy, and the ship sails east, toward the western coast of North America. The crew onboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sojourner Truth, stationed in the Bering Sea along the Maritime Boundary Line, is busier than usual, catching fishing vessels on the wrong side of the line, but it's not enough to cause undue alarm. In Washington, D.C., a CIA analyst has been hearing rumors about the sale of radioactive material and military equipment on the black market in deep Russia but can't get it confirmed. The analyst, Hugh Rincon, originally from Alaska and more keenly aware than most in Washington of Alaska's vulnerability with its air force base and proximity to the Far East, begins to piece it all together. He can't get anyone to take him seriously, however, least of all the director of the CIA. Then Hugh learns that his estranged wife, Sara Lange, is second in command on the Sojourner Truth in the Bering Sea at the heart of the potential conflict. And the chase is on.
April in Alaska is a time of renewal. But this year's thaw is accompanied by rampaging bears, family feuds, a plane crash quite literally in Kate's backyard. And then there is the dead body.
Third Kate Shugak mystery. Kate goes on a fishing boat to find out who killed two people.
Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a town handyman, but no one knew anything about him. This omission becomes glaringly obvious when his body turns up, frozen for months, in the path of a receding glacier with the hole from a shotgun blast in his chest. No one even knew he was missing. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to help him dig into Dreyer's background, in the hope of finding some reason for his murder. She takes the case, mindful of the need for gainful employment as she copes with the teenaged boy now in her care, a constant re-minder of his father, her dead lover. Little does she imagine that in trying to provide for him she may well be putting him directly in the path of danger.
Kate is out crewing on Old Sam's Tender. While the fishermen are on strike a murder is committed and Kate must figure out who did the killing.
5th in the Kate Shugak mystery series set in Alaska
Following A DEEPER SLEEP, her most successful Kate Shugak novel to date, the Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling thriller writer Dana Stabenow delivers a nail-biting, all-too-real novel of international suspense. A terrorist filled with resentment, an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence, a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that very American of symbols from the water, an astronaut who takes her job very seriously-the paths of all of these characters converge on one clear morning in Florida. NASA is preparing to launch the space shuttle, this time with a high-paying visitor on board as a guest, and the FBI and the Coast Guard are doing everything they can to help the launch go off without a hitch. But one Pakistani man with a bottomless personal grudge and the commitment of many zealous men behind him is determined to strike back at the most visible target he can find. Once again Dana Stabenow, who researched this gripping scenario by spending weeks living on board a Coast Guard cutter as it conducted its mission in the Caribbean, delivers an action-driven thriller with an ingenious, frightening, straight-from-the-headlines plot, certain to be her next bestseller.
When aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant dies in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub, state trooper Liam Campbell has reason to believe it's sabotage. Virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive - including Grant's betrayed wife, his bullied children, and even Liam's own wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam seeks outside help from the friend of a friend - a private investigator named Kate Shugak...
Kate is hired to protect a politician who is running for office. Murder follows
Recently ensconced in a new cabin following the torching of her house, see A Grave Denied, Kate Shugak receives a visitor: Charlotte Muravieff, from Anchorage. Fashionable Muravieff is in the Alaskan bush to ask Kate to reinvestigate her mother's murder conviction. Kate does just that, and soon people connected with the 30-year-old case start dying. This fourteenth Kate Shugak mystery is among the best in a consistently strong series. Along with the series' typical appealing features--Kate's erotically charged romantic life with Trooper Jim Chopin; delightful character sketches of various residents of the Alaskan bush, including a dog named Mutt; and, of course, the vivid rendering of the Alaskan landscape--Stabenow adds a new element this time: setting the case in Anchorage allows her to portray Kate dealing with life in the city and to consider Alaskan history outside the backcountry.
[from inside flaps] "The residents of Alaska's largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, eighty-seven-year-old Old Sam Dementieff ... even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the "father" of all of the Park rats--even though he had no children of his own--was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he's left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to "find my father." Easier said than done, since Sam's father is something of a mystery. An outsider, he disappeared shortly after learning about Sam's existence, taking with him a priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon. And in the three days after Kate begins her search through Sam's background, she gets threatened--and worse. The flashbacks from Sam's fascinating life, including scenes from major events in Alaska's colorful history, punctuate a gripping story in which Kate does her best to fulfill Sam's last wish without losing her own life to the people who are following her every move, though what they are searching for Kate doesn't even know. In Dana Stabenow's breathtaking new novel, Though Not Dead, the eighteenth to feature Kate Shugak, Kate's search for the long-lost family secrets that have been interwoven with the epic history of an unforgiving land leads to an extraordinary treasure hunt with fatal consequences." Bookshare has most of the books in this series revolving around rural and city life in Alaska where the government allows natives to live a subsistance lifestyle in a state where weather is harsh and unpredictable and survival isn't a right but must be learned and practiced with diligence. Kate Shugak is smart and independent. She travels with her trained, half wolf dog, Mutt. The series is saturated with fascinating current and historic facts about Alaska, its resources and its people. Dana Stabenow also challenges readers with complex plots and frequent mention of fiction and nonfiction books you may have read or may want to read.
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