Synopses & Reviews
Alaska-based P.I. Kate Shugak goes straight the heart of an epic struggle between two tribal villages in this outstanding thriller from New York Times
bestselling author Dana Stabenow.
The villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana sit across the river from each other, but Kuskulana's always thrived while Kushtaka is slowly dying out. One hundred years of bad blood between the communities threaten to come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka neer-do-well is found dead — and questions of love, loyalty, and revenge rise to the surface. Could this one, unexplained death ignite an all-out war? When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, the escalating enmity can no longer be ignored. Now its up to private investigator Kate Shugak, along with Sergeant Jim Chopin, to find the truth about what happened… while a killer remains at large. And is on their trail…
"An affectionate nod to Romeo and Juliet, Stabenow's absorbing 20th Kate Shugak novel (after 2012's Restless in the Grave) focuses on two feuding villages in the 20 million acre Alaskan national park that Kate calls home. Kushtaka, founded by the Athabascan Mack family, is in decline, losing population and clinging to a subsistence lifestyle. Trappers led by the Norwegian Christianson family founded nearby Kuskulana, which has thrived with an airstrip, a growing population, and federal funds. When the body of Kushtakan Tyler Mack surfaces in a river, Sgt. Jim Chopin, a state trooper, thinks it's likely a homicide; when a second body, of a Kuskulaner, turns up, Chopin is sure more violence will follow. The secretive romance between Kushtakan Jennifer Mack and Kuskulaner Ryan Christianson might turn the feud into a war. Meanwhile, Kate has a plan to save the couple. Edgar-winner Stabenow's take on Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers ends in a tragedy likely to shock series fans. Author tour. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Entertainment and suspense of a high order.” Publishers Weekly
“Alaska's answer to Tony Hillerman.” Rocky Mountain News
“Long-time devotees of this popular series will devour the book in a single sitting, and if there happen to be any fans of Alaska-set mystery fiction — books by John Straley, for example, or Sue Henry — who have not yet made the acquaintance of Kate Shugak, they should change that sooner rather than later.” Booklist (starred review)
“Stabenow's intriguing characters and fascinating setting bring this mystery to life, but her narrative voice wins Bad Blood a Top Pick. She establishes the histories of the two communities featured in the story with an irony-tinged commentary that carries the reader right into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.” RT Book Reviews (Starred Review)
“To her usual atmospheric detection, Stabenow adds more than a hint of Romeo and Juliet, or the Hatfields and the McCoys.” Kirkus Reviews
New York Times
bestselling author Dana Stabenow's latest finds Kate Shugak entangled in a bitter tribal rivalry and murder.
One hundred years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help. This time, though, her Park relationships may not be enough to sort out the truth hidden in the tales of tragedy and revenge.
About the Author
Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award-winner, is the author of nineteen previous Kate Shugak novels, four Liam Campbell mysteries, three science-fiction novels, and two thrillers. She was born, raised, and lives in Alaska, where she was awarded the Governors Award for the Humanities.