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The Woman Who Married a Bearby John Straley
Synopses & Reviews
Highly refreshing setting, a great cast of characters and an intriguing plot.--The Bloomsbury Review
Atmospheric.--The New York Times Book Review
Flashes of the dark poetry of RossMacDonald.--Chicago Tribune
A rich stew of deception and menace.--Anchorage Daily News
Outstanding . . . satisfies on all levels.--The Kansas City Star
Sitka, Alaska, is a subarctic port surrounded by snow-dustedmountains. In addition to honest work, there is a lot of alcohol consumed and other people's money appropriated. Bars are loud, fights are mean. Rowdy youths party in the ancient Russian cemeteries, sitting onoverturned gravestones. Sitka is hardly straight-laced, but murder is uncommon enough to be widely noted--like the Indian big-game guide killed by an ex-miner obeying voices from the earth's center. Thevictim's mother, a Tlingit Indian, summons to her nursing home a local investigator named Cecil Younger. The case is old and ostensibly solved. She wants him to investigate anyway. What he unearths is a virtualfairytale contrived to hide a primal conspiracy.
Set against the modern Alaskan frontier and the surviving pantheism of its indigenous population, The Woman Who Married a Bear is abrooding and exotic novel that touches on mysteries far beyond the conventional.
John Straley, a criminal investigator for the state of Alaska, lives in Sitka with his son and wife, a marine biologist who studies whales. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of The Curious Eat Themselves and The Music of What Happens.
From theTrade Paperback edition.
In Sitka, Alaska, a subarctic port surrounded by snow-dusted mountains, an aged Tlingit Indian woman engages local investigator Cecil Younger to look into her son's murder. The crime has long since been marked solved by the authorities. But what Younger unearths is a primal conspiracy to hide both the motive for the victim's killing as well as the true identity of the killer.
About the Author
John Straley is a criminal investigator for the state of Alaska and lives in Sitka with his son and wife, a marine biologist who studies whales. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Curious Eat Themselves, and The Music of What Happens.
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