Whisper to the Blood

Whisper to the Blood

Book - 2009
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Inside Alaska's biggest national park, around the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park are uneasy. "But gold is up to nine hundred dollars an ounce" is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the popular Alaskan skiing champ the company has hired to improve their relations with Alaskans and pave the way for the mine's expansion. And she promises much-needed jobs to the locals.But before she can make her way to every village in the area to present her case at town meetings and village breakfasts, there are two brutal murders, including that of a long-standing mine opponent. The investigation into those deaths falls to Trooper Jim Chopin and, as usual, he needs Kate to help him get to the heart of the matter.Between those deaths and a series of attacks on snowmobilers up the Kanuyaq River, not to mention the still-open homicide of Park villain Louis Deem last year, part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series continues to be beloved among crime fiction fans, but also provides a fascinating window into life and death in Alaska.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312369743
0312369743
Branch Call Number: STA
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 25 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 21, 2015

The fight in the Park when Kate comes home from a summer of commercial fishing is over whether to allow gold mining near town, with the price of gold up. While she was gone, she got elected to the Ninilta Native Association, and elected chair. She didn't want to be on the board, to say nothing of chair, and bungles badly the first meeting. Things go downhill from there when an opponent of the mine is murdered at its headquarters. Johnny, newly 16, runs into a man who gave him a long ride when he ran away from his mother and came home to the Park. The man wants a job, but is using a different name and asks Johnny not to tell. This doesn't seem odd to him, and Johnny doesn't think to tell Kate, especially when the PR person for the mine is killed too. Not my favorite Stabenow because of its coincidences, but right up there. Johnny is beginning to come into his own in this one.

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phephe13
Sep 15, 2009

Stabenow's latest book in the series lives up to the standard she has set in previous books. Stabenow keeps conjuring up new and interesting situations to place Kate in and Kate's relationships with other park rats keep developing in unexpected and pleasing ways. A must read - but read the previous 15 first!

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