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A Taint in the Blood (Kate Shugak novels) Hardcover – 24 Sep 2004


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books,US (24 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312306830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312306830
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,567,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of twenty-nine novels as of 2012, including the Kate Shugak series, the Liam Campbell series, the Star Svensdotter series and a couple of US Coast Guard thrillers, as well as a bunch of short stories and fifty Alaska Traveler columns for Alaska magazine. I live in Alaska.

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'An outstanding series.' Washington Post.

'In the crowded field of crime fiction, Kate Shugak is unique.' Michael Connelly.

'If you like mysteries, rich settings and engaging characters let me recommend Dana Stabenow.' Diana Gabaldon. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dana Stabenow, award-winning author of thirteen previous Kate Shugak mysteries, three Liam Campbell mysteries, and three science fiction novels, also writes an acclaimed column for "Alaska" magazine. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was born and raised.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2012
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Kate Shugak is overwhelmed by gratefulness to the people who rebuilt her cabin after it was destroyed and it is causing her problems. She hates to feel beholden to anyone and has the need to return their generosity by acts of kindness. In a series of very funny scenes the author shows us how irritating and unwelcome Kate's repayment of gratitude is to the recipients. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when Kate is engaged to travel to Anchorage to look into a murder committed thirty years ago for which someone is still in jail. She becomes involved with the family of the victim, unearths secrets and finds herself in danger when someone feels threatened.

This is an entertaining suspense novel with a complex puzzle at the heart of it and set in a beautifully described landscape. The themes are much deeper than you would expect from the book's opening chapters. What makes the book particularly enjoyable, however, is the people. After a number of novels with Kate as the main character we have come to know and love her - we have been with her in the happy times and particularly in the sad ones. As Kate investigates she is reminded of her dead lover Jack but is also indulging in a flirtation with Jim Chopin. There are some touching and also some very funny scenes as she begins to explore this new relationship.

Best read as part of the novel sequence so that you can properly appreciate the characterisations and references to events in previous books. A high quality suspense novel where the mystery is just part of the enjoyment.
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Having been caught by the Stabenow style I just love her books.
The characters develop throught the series and yet she is still able to add in unexpected twists to the stories.
Start at the beginning of the series or what happens in this book will spoil earlier ones.
Very highly recommended.
Also starting to learn a lot about the way of life in deepest Alaska. Quite facinating. An education.
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Yet again Dana you've not failed.
Up to now I have not had a bad read,
when I get a new book I'm back into the wilderness of Alaska no matter how long it's been since the last book read.
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By Christine Williams on 24 Mar. 2014
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Like all of the Kate Shugak books, a good read and hard to put down once I'd started it very good read
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I am a firm fan and love the variety of plots and scenarios Dana keeps coming up with. Her writing is so fluid and expressive that it makes reading a real pleasure and an escape. It even makes me buy a couple of books at time and can't wait for the next instalment . I have even got my sister hooked on Kate Shugak! Thanks Dana - keep them coming!
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By veronica broughton on 29 Jan. 2014
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love dana stabenow series of kate shugac and her description and history of alaska up to number seventeen in series dont want them to end
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By S M Lloyd on 18 Jan. 2014
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have read several of these books in this series now and always a good read, different story line and interesting
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By littlemissred45 on 19 Nov. 2013
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Considering this is the 14 book in the Kate shugak series, you could easily think that the story line would be a bit tired, but this is not the case, as with the previous 13 books I find it very hard to put the book down. There seems no end to Dana's storytelling. The blossoming relationship between Kate and Jim is very satisfying. More of the same please Dana.
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