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A mystery with an educational insight to Alaska!
on 27 December 2011
Its not really the depth of the mystery that catches the imagination but the colourful description of Alaskan life in the raw that steals the show in this book. Whilst the storyline is interesting and certainly holds its own, I am fascinated with the author's take on life 'in the park'. She obviously knows her stuff and writes from personal experience of Alaskan life. The characters are interesting and all hold promise of more depth, not yet revealed. Perhaps we will get to know some of them even better in future books. The main character, Kate Shugak, is herself a remarkable person. I wonder if she is ,in fact, based on the author. Living in the 'park' deep in Alaska and of native origin, she presents as a modern woman who struggles to cope with the balance of modern, independent living and holding onto the values of her cultural and spiritual heritage. She has clearly enjoyed a taste of twenty first century life as an investigator in Anchorage but she has chosen to retreat to her homestead in the park with her companion, a wolf dog. Yet her retreat is only partial as she continues to hold on to the ties of her past, including her love interest, her ex investigator boss. It is this angle which provides a motive for her to explore the lives of the other characters as she attempts to solve the underlying mystery of the book.It is not a question of who killed the many victims slaughtered in the opening chapter, but who killed the one victim and why. I suspect it will be similar with the whole series of Kate Shugak's books, the real issue being not the seperate incidents of each book, but rather the question being is Kate for this world or for the seclusion of the 'park'! I look forward to reading them all in order to discover the answer.