A Taint in the Blood

A Kate Shugak Novel

Kate Shugak Novels (Volume 14)

Dana Stabenow

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In Dana Stabenow's latest novel, a woman hires Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak to clear her mother's name. Twenty years ago, the mother was convicted of arson and murder, of setting fire to the family home while her two sons were inside. One died, and one was maimed. Her daughter has always believed in her innocence, though the mother herself had accepted the verdict and the life sentence without protest. Now the mother is terminally ill, and her daughter wants her free. But as Kate begins the investigation, it seems the mother isn't the only one who wants to leave the past in the past.

In this spell-binding crime novel, Kate must confront twenty years of secrets and regret--and murder--in one of Alaska's most powerful families.

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"I'll get it," Kate said, and fetched the Crisco forthwith.

Auntie Vi eyed her. "Your auntie not that old, Katya."

"I know, Auntie," Kate said. "But I was closer."

She had, in fact, been in the next room at the time, but Auntie Vi, exercising monumental, not to mention unnatural, restraint, forbore to comment.


"I can do that," Kate said, taking the scraper out of Old Sam's hand. The Freya was in dry dock, where her hull had been drying out above the high-tide line in preparation for a new coat of copper paint.

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Praise for A TAINT IN THE BLOOD:
"This fourteenth Kate Shugak mystery is among the best in a consistently strong series."
-- Booklist on A Taint in the Blood

"'A Taint in the Blood,' like its predecessors, canbe read on t wo levels--as a cleverly-executed thriller with an intriguing protagonist or as a fascinating exploration of an exotic society with its own unique culture. Either way, you can't lose."
-- San Diego Union-Tribune on A Taint in the Blood

"Full of strong story and sharp description...it deserves to be noted as one of her best."
-- Chicago Tribune on A Taint in the Blood

"Fast-paced action scenes [and] sympathetic child characters...help smooth a complex plot strewn with chunks of historical background."
-- Publishers Weekly on A Taint in the Blood

"This is one fast paced thriller that you won't be able to put down."
-- Rendezvous on A Taint in the Blood

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About the Author

Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Shugak mysteries and the Liam Campbell mysteries, as well as a few science fiction and thriller novels. Her book A Cold Day for Murder won an Edgar Award in 1994. Stabenow was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She has a B.A. in journalism and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of Alaska. She has worked as an egg counter and bookkeeper for a seafood company, and worked on the TransAlaska pipeline before becoming a full-time writer. She continues to live in Alaska.

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A Taint in the Blood
A Kate Shugak Novel
Dana Stabenow

Mass Market Paperbound

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
August 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312985653
ISBN10: 0312985657
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 352 pages
$7.99

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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429909181
ISBN10: 1429909188
320 pages
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