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Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land...


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Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land...

30 review for A Cold-Blooded Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    I thoroughly enjoy the Kate Shugak books. With this one the technical details were a bit over my head and I didn't understand some of the jokes because I couldn't figure out what they hinted at, it probably was Alaskan inside information. Nevertheless I will gladly read the next one in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Another really enjoyable case solved with Kate. this time she goes way out and up in to the pipeline and works for the company that her whole being hates. Amazing scenery and revelations. She is such a fantastic character. Strong, independent, a happy loner and never cowers who she is. I love her and can't wait for the next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    This is one of the more interesting Kate Shugak novel, not so much for the mystery aspect, although it WAS a good mystery. The mystery seemed to take a backseat to the history of the pipeline and what these people that work there go through during their time there. What made this a good read for me, was learning just what working an Alaskan pipe line is like. What it does and doesn't do to our environment, how it has potential (as we have seen) to cause huge problems...but if this book is written This is one of the more interesting Kate Shugak novel, not so much for the mystery aspect, although it WAS a good mystery. The mystery seemed to take a backseat to the history of the pipeline and what these people that work there go through during their time there. What made this a good read for me, was learning just what working an Alaskan pipe line is like. What it does and doesn't do to our environment, how it has potential (as we have seen) to cause huge problems...but if this book is written fairly it also shows that it is not as bad as we've all been led to believe. Of course I am not a native Alaskan, so I don't feel the affects as an Alaskan does. The mystery aspect does seem to get a bit of a short shrift, but finally comes to the front and center during a most exciting last quarter of the novel. Not to say that Kate isn't doing her best throughout the book...it is just that she is keeping too much, too close to her vest (and away from the readers). It was almost as if she wrote the book to teach us about the pipeline and then in the last quarter of the book said, "oh poop I forgot I was writing a mystery! I'd better get to it!". We do get to meet Jacks son and his ex-wife in this book and what an interesting pair they are!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Book on CD narrated by Marguerite Gavin 3.5*** After one too many drug-related deaths at the site, former DA Investigator Kate Shugak is asked to go undercover to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to find out who is dealing drugs. I had read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and I was not impressed, but I’m glad I gave the series another chance. I like that Shugak is a strong woman, smart, resourceful, dedicated, committed and independent. I also like her strong sense of integrity – her Book on CD narrated by Marguerite Gavin 3.5*** After one too many drug-related deaths at the site, former DA Investigator Kate Shugak is asked to go undercover to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to find out who is dealing drugs. I had read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and I was not impressed, but I’m glad I gave the series another chance. I like that Shugak is a strong woman, smart, resourceful, dedicated, committed and independent. I also like her strong sense of integrity – her willingness to do what is right even when it may hurt someone she knows and loves. I also liked the subplot regarding the Native archeological treasures. That being said, I did find some of the characters thinly drawn stereotypes. A hard-hitting PR type, who is all sweet façade with an inner core of steel; an angry, overweight head of security who is totally at a loss to explain what is happening; a lonely man, besotted with a woman. Marguerite Gavin does a fine job narrating the audio book. She has good pacing and sufficient skill as a voice artist to differentiate the many characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    It's a return to form, thrice welcome, that I celebrate. I didn't lose faith in this series. After the previous book got one star, I kept my faith and my peace and waited while reading this book - what will happen? How will I review the book? How will I understand the geopolitics of the book? How will I cope with references that I don't understand? Despite such lapses in memory, concentration, and understanding, I made amends with this series. I'm very optimistic about what is going to be a great It's a return to form, thrice welcome, that I celebrate. I didn't lose faith in this series. After the previous book got one star, I kept my faith and my peace and waited while reading this book - what will happen? How will I review the book? How will I understand the geopolitics of the book? How will I cope with references that I don't understand? Despite such lapses in memory, concentration, and understanding, I made amends with this series. I'm very optimistic about what is going to be a great series and I revel in the superior quality over most pulp literature.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    I love Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak Series. Shugak is not only beautiful, she's one tough smart cookie. And she'll need all of her wits on this case. Work hard, play hard. The men (and a few women) on the Slope, just above the Arctic Circle adhere to that motto. But a series of drug overdoses and a drug related death have FINALLY caught the attention of John King. He wants the drugs gone - yesterday. RPetCo Chief of Security Childress thinks he can handle sniffing the dealers out on his own. Sure I love Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak Series. Shugak is not only beautiful, she's one tough smart cookie. And she'll need all of her wits on this case. Work hard, play hard. The men (and a few women) on the Slope, just above the Arctic Circle adhere to that motto. But a series of drug overdoses and a drug related death have FINALLY caught the attention of John King. He wants the drugs gone - yesterday. RPetCo Chief of Security Childress thinks he can handle sniffing the dealers out on his own. Sure he can. (Sarcasm) That's why Kate Shugak is meeting with the Oil Company Executive. (Those opening scenes had me howling with laughter!) On the slope, Kate meets a couple of old buddies and makes a few more friends. But not is all what it seems, and a dangerous drug dealer will not let anything or anyone interfere with business. Stabenow follows her usual formula: quick pace, humour, beautiful descriptions of Alaska, Kate investigating, Kate getting into extreme danger and narrowly escaping death. But I don't mind. Reading a Kate Shugak novel always leaves me smiling

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olivermagnus

    This is the fourth book in a series featuring Aleut investigator Kate Shugak. In this one, Kate goes undercover on Alaska's North Slope oil pipeline to find out who's been running drugs. Kate finds out soon enough that this is not going to be an easy job. She soon discovers that pipeline workers have some incredible luxuries. Employees are provided with gourmet meals, steak twice a week and prime rib on Sunday, a fabulous pool, sauna, and a state of the art gym. Traditionally a loner, she soon s This is the fourth book in a series featuring Aleut investigator Kate Shugak. In this one, Kate goes undercover on Alaska's North Slope oil pipeline to find out who's been running drugs. Kate finds out soon enough that this is not going to be an easy job. She soon discovers that pipeline workers have some incredible luxuries. Employees are provided with gourmet meals, steak twice a week and prime rib on Sunday, a fabulous pool, sauna, and a state of the art gym. Traditionally a loner, she soon starts to form relationships with her coworkers and isn't sure she really wants to know if they are part of the drug problems. I really enjoy this series. I lived in Alaska for three years during the construction of the pipeline and the author does a great job of making sure all the landmarks are correct. She always gives the reader some insight into traditional Alaskan Native culture. This wasn't my favorite of the series but I still enjoyed it quite a bit and plan to continue the rest of the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Kate is working on the Alaska Pipeline. She's a bus driver on the face of it, but is really looking for the source of a major cocaine distribution among the workers: workers who are bright, riotous, rich, and thoroughly entertaining. There's a description of a turtle race that had me rolling with laughter. For Kate, disposed to hate the Pipeline because of its wake of destruction, the workers she spends time with give the Pipeline a face, and Kate develops a new viewpoint. Even being nearly kill Kate is working on the Alaska Pipeline. She's a bus driver on the face of it, but is really looking for the source of a major cocaine distribution among the workers: workers who are bright, riotous, rich, and thoroughly entertaining. There's a description of a turtle race that had me rolling with laughter. For Kate, disposed to hate the Pipeline because of its wake of destruction, the workers she spends time with give the Pipeline a face, and Kate develops a new viewpoint. Even being nearly killed by the drug dealing ring doesn't change that. Stabenow doesn't hesitate to explore the controversies involved in keeping alive one of the last remaining great wildernesses. She knows there is no one good answer, and she helps readers to see the various angles. As always the setting is crisp and all-encompassing. If you are sensitive to cold, wear a sweater while you read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erick

    disjointed story. I was really befuddled with how it seemed to take half the novel for her to actually get into the investigation. Once she did, it felt like she wasn't investigating as much as being handed things on a platter. The twists didn't even feel like much of a reveal.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    This was a strange sort of mystery where any actual investigation didn't seem to occur until three quarters of the way through the book. Far too much description of pipelines and information that was often difficult to understand. Could have been really good but wasn't.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shorty

    Another very good novel in the series by Stabenow. Marguerite Gavin is the narrator, and she is very good also. 4 stars, and recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    Kate Shugak leaves her homestead and takes a job working for an oil company — tracking down who is bringing in and seeing illicit drugs that have caused damage and killed one of the workers. And she knows too many of the people there -- will they tell others about her background as an investigator with the Anchorage DA office. Events happen quickly and soon Kate may be over her head and the price may be her life. Good solid story and great characters. Another winner from Dana Stabenow who is sure Kate Shugak leaves her homestead and takes a job working for an oil company — tracking down who is bringing in and seeing illicit drugs that have caused damage and killed one of the workers. And she knows too many of the people there -- will they tell others about her background as an investigator with the Anchorage DA office. Events happen quickly and soon Kate may be over her head and the price may be her life. Good solid story and great characters. Another winner from Dana Stabenow who is sure of who Kate is and lets her show her stuff.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I need to take a break from this series before I stop enjoying it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    Kate Shugak is a great character but this was not the best book in the series so far, quite slow moving until the last third

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This book is another great installment in the series about investigator Kate Shugak. I've enjoyed each book so far, and this one did not disappoint. Alaska is such a wonderful place for a set of stories - there seems to be no end of trouble a person can get into. In this story, Kate is talked into investigating the growing problem of drug use at a huge oil pumping facility on the Bering Sea. She has very strong negative feelings about the oil companies, as a Native Aleut who cares about the envi This book is another great installment in the series about investigator Kate Shugak. I've enjoyed each book so far, and this one did not disappoint. Alaska is such a wonderful place for a set of stories - there seems to be no end of trouble a person can get into. In this story, Kate is talked into investigating the growing problem of drug use at a huge oil pumping facility on the Bering Sea. She has very strong negative feelings about the oil companies, as a Native Aleut who cares about the environment, but she takes the job. Along the way she learns that even a big hated industry has individual human faces working inside.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I love this series! I've binge - read 4 and I'm on to 5 now! I can't let go of Aleut Kate Shugak and Mutt! Can't get enough of the beauty of the Alaskan bush. My Mom read loads of books on pioneer women and we used to joke it was because she was one in another life and wanted to relive it as often as possible. Maybe I was an Aleut or Yu'pik or Inupiaq. Maybe I carved vivid images of otters out of ivory or used a story knife....I love mysteries, too, so that's another and some think, the main rea I love this series! I've binge - read 4 and I'm on to 5 now! I can't let go of Aleut Kate Shugak and Mutt! Can't get enough of the beauty of the Alaskan bush. My Mom read loads of books on pioneer women and we used to joke it was because she was one in another life and wanted to relive it as often as possible. Maybe I was an Aleut or Yu'pik or Inupiaq. Maybe I carved vivid images of otters out of ivory or used a story knife....I love mysteries, too, so that's another and some think, the main reason to read these.....me, I just done want to come south.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Another excellent addition to the Kate Shugak mystery series! Kate herself is a magnificent main character, tough as nails, ultra smart, and with a fierce love for her people and her land. In this book, Kate is hired to investigate drug dealing at the Prudhoe Bay oil facility, which means we get to see Kate outside of her comfort zone, in an entirely new setting, but still doing what she does best. It's a surprisingly nuanced look at the impact of the oil industry in Alaska, as well as a terrifi Another excellent addition to the Kate Shugak mystery series! Kate herself is a magnificent main character, tough as nails, ultra smart, and with a fierce love for her people and her land. In this book, Kate is hired to investigate drug dealing at the Prudhoe Bay oil facility, which means we get to see Kate outside of her comfort zone, in an entirely new setting, but still doing what she does best. It's a surprisingly nuanced look at the impact of the oil industry in Alaska, as well as a terrific, dangerous adventure. Highly recommended!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    My fascination with Alaska keeps me reading this series. I just love Ms. Stabenow's descriptive prose. Heck it's almost like being there. In this adventure, Kate is hired to ferret out who is dealing drugs at the oil pipeline up near the Artic Ocean. I'm not sure the details of pipeline production were accurate or not but it was definitely interesting and I always like reading about the Eskimo culture as well. This one was light on the investigating but Kate sure had a good time up there.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rog Harrison

    This was different from the first two books in the series (I have not read the third book) as the story is set further north and there is a lot of humour. The descriptions are fascinating and according to the author's afterword many of the events described are based on the author's experiences. Unfortunately the story is pretty thin and does not quite make sense.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    I loved this for the way it opens up life in an oil company in Alaska - so many more different types of jobs than I imagined! This is the first I've read in the series, and I loved Kate Shugak as a character, too. The mystery was OK but less central.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JPT

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Audiobook Story: B, Narration: A Not a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers. I loved this series back in the day, especially the earlier books, but it's been years since I last read one. I dipped my toe back in the water by listening to the first book in audio and liked it enough to continue, but then somehow mixed up the order and went straight to book #4. There were enough references to recent cases that I knew I'd screwed up, but I don't think it makes much of a difference Audiobook Story: B, Narration: A Not a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers. I loved this series back in the day, especially the earlier books, but it's been years since I last read one. I dipped my toe back in the water by listening to the first book in audio and liked it enough to continue, but then somehow mixed up the order and went straight to book #4. There were enough references to recent cases that I knew I'd screwed up, but I don't think it makes much of a difference (other than annoying me to read out of order--I used to do that all the time when I read in paper and bought whichever volumes the local bookstore had if they didn't have all of them at the time). I certainly didn't remember all the details, but I was surprised at how much I did remember of this book--an indication of my enjoyment. In this book, Kate is hired to go undercover with pipeline workers on the Slope to investigate a series of drug-related deaths. We don't really see Kate do much actual investigating beyond keeping her eyes open on the site. (On a trip back to Anchorage she reviews the company's transit logs, which seems to provide most of the concrete clues.) But, while the actual mystery was on the light side, the real interest was getting a small look at what it might have been like to actually work pipeline. It really was fascinating. Lots of other topics were touched on, as well, either in passing or more openly. Many people, especially the environmentalists and members of the indigenous population, were opposed to the oil industry/pipeline, but it wasn't portrayed in black and white, capitalists vs. tree-hugger types as there were undeniable benefits derived from the technology, energy, and wealth generated by oil production, as well as the negative consequences of environmental changes and damage (the book references an Exxon Valdez-type oil spill that had devastating consequences on the environment and both human and animal populations). Kate has mixed feelings about working for an oil company even if her job is investigating crimes unrelated to the actual drilling. She's disconcerted when she finds that she likes the life and her coworkers. She notes that faces had been put on a corporate entity. Her grandmother has no such sentiments and is outraged. Ongoing throughout the series are references to the effects of substance abuse, particularly alcohol. When I was younger, I often heard that Native Americans were genetically more susceptible to alcoholism because of the way their systems metabolized alcohol. I've since heard of studies that indicate this is a myth and that they are not physically more susceptible. Regardless, this still doesn't address other contributing factors, and this book shows some of the outside pressures on the native Alaskans to turn to alcohol, and what happens to individuals and entire communities as a result. There is also a second, interwoven storyline about native Alaskan artifacts. There are legitimate archeologists excavating sites for historical and educational purposes and then there are grave robbers. The latter include greedy non-Natives plundering, desecrating, and stealing for profit. But it also includes Native Americans doing the same thing as a means to survive. The book is short. In some ways, it's succint and covers all the necessary points, but I really wish it had been longer. As I noted before, the mystery was lacking a bit. Ditto on the characterization/character development. Everyone was portrayed in broad strokes and I'd have like more, hence the B grade. Marguerite Gavin has done a great job narrating the two books in the series that I've listened to so far. I don't know if all of her pronunciations of foreign words are correct, but they sound good to me. She does a good job with both male and female characters, and they're unique enough that I'm not struggling to figure out who's talking. She even gets Kate's raspy voice right. I've listened to Gavin narrate other books, too, and she's never faltered.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    One of my favorites in the series, set in the North Slope oilfields. Stabenow spent 6 years working on the Slope and it shows. Kate's new boss Toni is evicting a couple of entrepreneurs from the camp: 'After a moment the door cracked. A large, round blue eye peered out. It encountered Toni and paused. There was a long sigh, and the door opened further, to expose a six-foot platinum blonde in a minuscule leather cowboy vest... There was a lot more breast than there was vest. Kate sternly repressed One of my favorites in the series, set in the North Slope oilfields. Stabenow spent 6 years working on the Slope and it shows. Kate's new boss Toni is evicting a couple of entrepreneurs from the camp: 'After a moment the door cracked. A large, round blue eye peered out. It encountered Toni and paused. There was a long sigh, and the door opened further, to expose a six-foot platinum blonde in a minuscule leather cowboy vest... There was a lot more breast than there was vest. Kate sternly repressed what she assured herself was merely a momentary feeling of inadequacy... A gentleman was just rising from the bed, buckling his jeans. "Why, Bob", Toni cooed. "I haven't seen you in ages. Where've you been keeping yourself?" "Up yours, Hartzler", he snarled. "Oh, goodness me, did I knock a moment too soon?" Toni wondered aloud. Belle and Jane both giggled as he snarled again and shouldered Kate aside on his way out.' Highly recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was my first Audiobook and it didn’t disappoint. It took sometime to get used to listening someone else voice, instead of my own voice in my own head doing the narrating. I have to hand it to the narrator, she sure can sound like a bloke when she wants to. Overall I really enjoyed the experience. The story was good, it kept me entertained all night during my shift. I did go around giggling like a crazy person while working, at some of the funny parts to the story. It felt like this one had m This was my first Audiobook and it didn’t disappoint. It took sometime to get used to listening someone else voice, instead of my own voice in my own head doing the narrating. I have to hand it to the narrator, she sure can sound like a bloke when she wants to. Overall I really enjoyed the experience. The story was good, it kept me entertained all night during my shift. I did go around giggling like a crazy person while working, at some of the funny parts to the story. It felt like this one had more humor in it than the previous books, or could just be my tired brain at 4am making me giggle. Either way the story was very solid, you felt like ever character was their own person. It didn’t take me long to dislike some and to like others. Would I try another Audiobook? Yes but I think I will stick more to crime based ones. I like picturing other ones better if they are written in front of me. Nothing beats imagining a fantasy world being built.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ed Napiorkowski

    Though I enjoyed returning to the world of Kate Shugak in this the fourth of the series from Dana Stabenow, some may find the format of this particular episode a little disappointing when compared with the earlier volumes. A significant portion of the first part of the book actually relates very little to the case to which Kate has been hired to investigate. Rather it spends a lot of time simply telling the story of her interactions with numerous people and the environment in which they live and Though I enjoyed returning to the world of Kate Shugak in this the fourth of the series from Dana Stabenow, some may find the format of this particular episode a little disappointing when compared with the earlier volumes. A significant portion of the first part of the book actually relates very little to the case to which Kate has been hired to investigate. Rather it spends a lot of time simply telling the story of her interactions with numerous people and the environment in which they live and work. Their environment is related to the case but not necessarily directly. I enjoyed this "diversion" but I am guessing some would describe it as being rather 'slow'. Kate's investigation does pick up pace eventually and the reader is presented with a collection clues and suspects. It all comes together relatively quickly but perhaps not in the manner some readers will expect. I enjoyed the story and also the ongoing development of the main characters. A very solid three stars from me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    jammaster_mom

    This is a great entry in a wonderful mystery series. Kate is an Aleut living in the wilds of Alaska. Due to her background as an investigator for the Anchorage DA's office she is often called in for difficult or private matters. In this book she is hired to go undercover on The Slope to figure out who is dealing drugs to the few hundred workers pulling up crude oil North of the Arctic circle. This book is like a little glimpse into a totally different world and culture that takes place on a crude This is a great entry in a wonderful mystery series. Kate is an Aleut living in the wilds of Alaska. Due to her background as an investigator for the Anchorage DA's office she is often called in for difficult or private matters. In this book she is hired to go undercover on The Slope to figure out who is dealing drugs to the few hundred workers pulling up crude oil North of the Arctic circle. This book is like a little glimpse into a totally different world and culture that takes place on a crude oil facility. Ms. Stabenow does an amazing job of creating interesting characters that draw you into the story. I missed Mutt in this book, but it would not have made sense to have her in. The mystery is well written and keeps you guessing until the end while at the same time being very satisfying. This is an older series but well worth the read! Can't wait to pick up the next book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I have read the first four of the Kate Shugak books in order. I am pleased to find that they are getting better as the series progresses. Years ago I lived in Alaska and was fascinated by the schedule kept by the people on the North Slope, though I believe at the time it was two weeks on and two weeks off. The characters seem a bit more developed with each volume. Her love interest remains a bit of a one sided token character, though we did get a peek at his family life this time around. I recomm I have read the first four of the Kate Shugak books in order. I am pleased to find that they are getting better as the series progresses. Years ago I lived in Alaska and was fascinated by the schedule kept by the people on the North Slope, though I believe at the time it was two weeks on and two weeks off. The characters seem a bit more developed with each volume. Her love interest remains a bit of a one sided token character, though we did get a peek at his family life this time around. I recommend this book to mystery lovers, those who like tales set in out of the way places, and fans of the Native American mystery genre. I plan to keep reading the series and look forward to the next volume.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Another Winner for Aleut Alaskan private investigator Kate Shugak. I will be buying #5 forthwith and soon will be wrapped up in the next one! The native American themes are fascinating and I learn so much from that aspect of these stories. A decent mystery and a grand story....I loved it. It was also a fast read, actually too fast. Why do the Shugak books end at about 85%?? I would love to see the novels be a bit longer. But this one had a wonderful ending, and I look forward to seeing more of K Another Winner for Aleut Alaskan private investigator Kate Shugak. I will be buying #5 forthwith and soon will be wrapped up in the next one! The native American themes are fascinating and I learn so much from that aspect of these stories. A decent mystery and a grand story....I loved it. It was also a fast read, actually too fast. Why do the Shugak books end at about 85%?? I would love to see the novels be a bit longer. But this one had a wonderful ending, and I look forward to seeing more of Kate's grandmother. I'm very happy, basking in the finish of a great read. Thank you, Ms. Stabenow.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    A PERFECT FREEZE Capturing the essence of cold - Dana Stabenow did that in this book. Not just weather-wise, but also in terms of personality, and actions. This is beautiful, like a snowflake, or a drift that has not been broken. She also captures the injuries that can be done to what should be perfection by the smallest of things - a change in the wind, a foot step, a piece of grass through the snow drift, constantly breaking the surface... This book takes place in an almost pristine world, broke A PERFECT FREEZE Capturing the essence of cold - Dana Stabenow did that in this book. Not just weather-wise, but also in terms of personality, and actions. This is beautiful, like a snowflake, or a drift that has not been broken. She also captures the injuries that can be done to what should be perfection by the smallest of things - a change in the wind, a foot step, a piece of grass through the snow drift, constantly breaking the surface... This book takes place in an almost pristine world, broken by the advent of humans exploiting the environment, and each other. The characters have good and bad sides, and none are perfect. That adds to the suspense, beautifully.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Callahan

    The books in this series have straightforward plots involving a Native Alaskan woman who gets caught up in various types of investigative work. The most interesting aspects of the stories are strong character development and the way that the author weaves in Native culture and the Alaskan environment into her writing . This fourth series installment is a solid entry about an undercover investigation into the oil industry with credible insights about how the industry functions and its impact on t The books in this series have straightforward plots involving a Native Alaskan woman who gets caught up in various types of investigative work. The most interesting aspects of the stories are strong character development and the way that the author weaves in Native culture and the Alaskan environment into her writing . This fourth series installment is a solid entry about an undercover investigation into the oil industry with credible insights about how the industry functions and its impact on the region.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    This is the fourth book in the Kate Shugak series and I am loving the series. In this book, Kate is hired by Royal Petroleum to find out who is smuggling in drugs to the employees. Kate works the case even though it poses a conflict with her family. Working for the oil line is frowned upon. Kate is not only making awesome money but takes advantage of seeing an area of Alaska she has never seen and enjoys the luxuries that comes with the job until she stumbles on more than just drugs. Kate's life This is the fourth book in the Kate Shugak series and I am loving the series. In this book, Kate is hired by Royal Petroleum to find out who is smuggling in drugs to the employees. Kate works the case even though it poses a conflict with her family. Working for the oil line is frowned upon. Kate is not only making awesome money but takes advantage of seeing an area of Alaska she has never seen and enjoys the luxuries that comes with the job until she stumbles on more than just drugs. Kate's life could be on the line. I can't recommend this series enough especially as a winter mystery read.

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