Restless in the Grave Hardcover – Feb 14 2012
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Acclaim for Dana Stabenow
“Entertaining 19th novel featuring the brash, fearless PI [Kate Shugak]… The book sparkles with energy and wit, and packs an unexpected punch.”
--Publishers Weekly on Restless in the Grave
“Though Not Dead is the latest in Dana Stabenow’s robust series. It’s her most far-reaching Shugak story yet, ambitiously incorporating some of Alaska’s colorful history”
—Seattle Times on Though Not Dead
“In Edgar winner Stabenow’s brilliant eighteenth novel to feature the feisty Alaska detective … Kate is at her butt-kicking best as she and Mutt, her inseparable half-wolf, half-husky companion, deal with murder, theft, and deception.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Though Not Dead
“Stabenow is blessed with a rich prose style and a fine eye for detail. … It’s an outstanding series.... If you’ve never visited Alaska, it’s also an intriguing introduction to that big, brawling, rather bewildering state.”
—The Washington Post on A Night Too Dark
“Kate Shugak, the Aleut private eye, demonstrates why she is considered one of the best among female sleuths, in A Night Too Dark.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune on A Night Too Dark
“Grade: A. Some of the greatest mystery writers enrich us with their wonderful sense of place. Stabenow is one of them: Alaska’s answer to Tony Hillerman, she brings us the sights and sounds that few visitors will ever know.… If you haven’t discovered Stabenow yet, start here—then go back to A Cold Day for Murder and enjoy the whole story.”
—Rocky Mountain News on Whisper to the Blood
From the Back Cover
Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak teams up with Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell―for the very first time―in this stunning thriller from New York Times bestselling author
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…
"AN OUTSTANDING SERIES."―The Washington Post
Working undercover as a waitress at Bill's Bar and Grill in Newenham, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant's business had expanded meteorically. After buying a closed Air Force base from the government, he ran a fixed-base operation for fishing, hunting, and flight-seeing, as well as a lucrative air freight service. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where? The answers lead Kate on her most challenging case yet, from the fateful wreckage to family secrets to full-scale conspiracy and beyond…
"FAST AND FURIOUS ADVENTURE."
―Kirkus Reviews--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
PI Kate Shugak is surprised to receive a call from State Trooper Liam Campbell. An even bigger surprise is being offered a job to investigate a murder; however, one of the possible suspects is Campbell’s wife. Traveling to Niniltana and working undercover doesn’t seem so bad, except someone is taking strong exception to her presence and making that clear in very physical ways. In spite of a handsome actor who is there, is soon becomes clear that the case of murder is only a small part of much bigger, uglier crimes.
As wonderful as are the characters of Kate and Mutt, it was a delight to have Liam Campbell and the cantankerous Moses, seer and master of tai-chi, back in the mix. There is no question but that Stabenow creates wonderful characters; good and bad.
Stabenow’s voice and humor bring humanity and balance to serious mysteries…”Kate marched them [the NNA board members] through old business like Alexander went through Asia…”. At the same time, this book did not, in any way, lack for suspense.
Dana Stabenow is an Alaskan who knows her state and its people. Her descriptions are powerful and create a very strong sense of place. Yet she also recognizes that life in Alaska is not for everyone…”Jim asked her [a perpetrator being extradited to another state] why she had confessed to charges that were five years old and three thousand miles away. “I’m tired of Alaskan winters.” She said.”. She also presents a very good look at the challenges, both in types of crimes and lack of manpower, policing Alaska.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In Niniltna, Alaskan State Trooper Sergeant Liam Campbell asks his former teacher Sergeant Jim Chopin for help in the investigation of the murder of Grant since he cannot because he believes the prime suspect is his wife bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. Jim introduces Liam to his beloved private investigator Kate Shugak. After Jim explains the situation, Kate agrees to go undercover at Bill's Bar and Grill to learn more about the victim's business practices. She soon learns Grant, hated by his own family, blackmailed anyone and embezzled from everyone as he committed fraud and other felonious activity. As Kate and her sidekick Mutt work the case she wonders what freight the deceased shipped since he bought the abandoned air force base as the headquarters of his myriad of businesses.
The first meeting between Shugak (see Though Not Dead) and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell (see Better to Rest) is an entertaining Alaskan investigative thriller. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the two Dana Stabenow's prime series stars meet and never slows down as Kate, the lead protagonist in Restless In The grave, goes from one ice box to another.
I did wonder about a couple of things. Why bring in Diana Prince towards the end of the novel, when she has no bearing on the plot? I decided that Stabenow wanted to have all the major characters in the Liam book in this one. I also wondered why Stabenow named Tina's best friend Jeannie and the Atna bartender Jean? I don't have an answer for that one. And I have to look up Bothams.
Lastly, I like the bits of Stabenow that are scattered throughout the book - praise for librarians and anti-war sentiments for example.
In Restless in the Grave, Kate has reluctantly, once again taken on an undercover job. It is exciting to see a character from another of Dana's series pop up here. Liam Campbell is an Alaskan State Trooper whose wife is the suspect in a case, and he wants Kate to help out so he can back off. The murder occurs early on--seemingly a typical Alaskan bush plane crash--but the dead man is disliked by nearly everyone, including his nearest and dearest. Kate takes a deep breath and plunges into her assignment as a waitress at a bar and grill.
There, Kate can get the real scuttlebutt on the dead man, uber-rich Finn Grant. Grant has embezzled, frauded and blackmailed just about everyone he knows, and a lot of folks he didn't know. It is not really a matter of finding out who-done-it, but weeding out the least likely to zero in on the best suspects.
Restless in the Grave begins in Afghanistan, about as far away in climate and temperament as you can go from Alaska. Short and to the point, it will shake you and make you wonder what the hell the two places, and the characters involved, have to do with one another. Well, read on, MacDuff, for Stabenow and the intrepid Kate will reveal all...eventually.
Wonderful sidebars (subplots?!) include the arrival of cell towers for this part of Alaska; poor Jim Chopin, Kate's love interest and occasional boss, hates always being accessible. The Niniltna Native Association (NNA) is undergoing change; Kate is stepping down from the pivotal chair position she reluctantly accepted when her Grandmother died. Her cousin is going to go on the board, and she and Kate are not the best of friends. The new head of the board seems to be much like Kate's grandmother, and there is tension in the air at each board meeting. As usual, Kate has a lot of eggs to juggle, and no resolutions are in sight.
Her usual sidekick, the half-wolf Mutt, joins Kate as her aide-de-camp at the bar, watching pushy men and rude customers with a baleful eye. Kate's adopted son, Johnny, isn't around much in this book, which is disappointing, but the whole book is so much fun I didn't notice it after a while. The relationship between Jim and Kate continues steamy, and Kate's struggle to follow clues to their bitter end becomes a struggle to do the right thing by the living.
I would love to see some new fans for Dana Stabenow and Kate Shugak coming from this book. If you are a Liam Campbell fan or a new reader, you will find this 19th-book in the Shugak oeuvre everything a murder mystery-thriller should be.
Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at[...] © Laura Strathman Hulka, 2012
Maybe fans of Ms. Stabenow's Liam Campbell books will like it as he is featured prominently. Perhaps that is the problem. Trying to tie in his character and all the people that come with him just made it a jumbled mess.
Not nearly enough Johnny and Kate, not nearly enough Jim and Kate. Not nearly enough of the Park!
I won't be putting this on my "Keep" shelf!