Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow
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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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Dana Stabenow and Marguerite Gavin in conversation

Listen to author Dana Stabenow and narrator Marguerite Gavin discuss audiobooks, Alaska, and Kate Shugak. Gavin has narrated all of Stabenow's Kate Shugak audiobooks including her most recent, Restless in the Grave. This conversation is also featured on the Restless in the Grave audiobook.

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A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Dana Stabenow's crime novel A Night Too Dark, part of her Kate Shugak mystery series. The audiobook is narrated by Marguerite Gavin. In Alaska, somebody disappears every day. Hunters who head into the wilderness... Fishermen who brave the great rivers...Tourists who attempt to do both. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak's Park, people have been falling off the grid quite a bit lately. And as she and state trooper Jim Chopin are about to realize, it's got something to do wit

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Prepared for Rage by Dana Stabenow--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from the suspense thriller novel Prepared for Rage, a nail-biting, straight-from-the-headlines thriller of international suspense from Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow. A terrorist filled with resentment...an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence...a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that very American of symbols from the water...an astronaut who takes her job very seriously... The paths of all of

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Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Dana Stabenow's mystery novel Though Not Dead, narrated by Marguerite Gavin. Kate Shugak will go to the ends of the earth to solve one Alaskan family's epic mystery in this breathtaking novel. The residents of Alaska's largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, eighty-seven-year-old Old Sam Dementieff...Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the "father" of all of the Park rats—even though he had no ch

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Where do you get all your ideas?
The idea fairy.

What are your absolutely essential, can’t-do-without writing aids?
1.) A telescoping backscratcher, for those itches I can’t reach mid-chapter.
2.) Peppermints, for that late-night energy boost during the downhill gallop at the end of the book.
3.) Photos of my mom and dad watching me work.

What else do you do besides write?
I read other people’s books, I watch movies, I have marathon telephone conversations with friends, I knit, I bead, I garden, I walk on the beach, I travel.

Do you cook?
I eat, therefore I cook.  Store-bought bread was too expensive in Bush Alaska when I was growing up, so Mom made bread from scratch and I grew up knowing the theraputive effects of kneading dough.  I love experimenting with bread recipes, and one of my life goals is to attend a Baguette 101 class in France.

What is the worst job you ever had?
Sorting salmon roe.  There were three grades, the sac intact, the sac partially broken, the sac destroyed and the eggs all over the place.  The first fetched the best price from Japanese buyers, to whom saviar is a delicacy.  The sorters stood on a metal grate dressed in rain gear and rubber boots in front of a conveyor belt, picking through the roe.  Your hands and feet froze from the cold water used to wash the roe and your back ached from stooping over the belt, and your shift lasted as long as the tenders were delivering salmon from the upper Cook Inlet setnet sites, anywhere from four to twenty hours.  Salary was minimum wage.

I prefer writing books.

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Bad Blood
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
St. Martin's Paperbacks

BAD BLOOD Dana Stabenow The Alaskan villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana sit across the river from each other, but Kuskulana’s always thrived while Kushtaka is...


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Any Taint of Vice
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

In this terrific story from New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow, PI Kate Shugak is pulled into the mean streets of the Anchorage underworld to find...


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Restless in the Grave
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

Restless in the Grave Dana Stabenow   When aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant dies in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub, state trooper Liam Campbell has...


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Though Not Dead
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

Kate Shugak will go to the ends of the earth to solve one Alaskan family’s epic mystery in this breathtaking novel from New York Times bestselling author Dana...


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A Night Too Dark
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

In Alaska, somebody disappears every day. Hunters who head into the wilderness… Fishermen who brave the great rivers…Tourists who attempt to do both. In Aleut...


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Whisper to the Blood
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

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....


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Prepared for Rage

Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

A nail-biting, straight-from-the-headlines thriller of international suspense from Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author A terrorist...


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A Deeper Sleep
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

Kate Shugak, a private investigator, has been working on a case for the Anchorage District Attorney involving the murder of a young woman by her husband, a man...


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Blindfold Game

Dana Stabenow
St. Martin's Paperbacks

In Thailand, a bomb destroys a tourist spot while two North Korean terrorists casually walk away from the site to plan the next phase of their plot against the...


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A Taint in the Blood
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
St. Martin's Paperbacks

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...


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A Grave Denied
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for hire in the Park near Niniltna, Alaska, but no one knew anything else about him. Even Kate Shugak, who was planning to...


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A Fine and Bitter Snow
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

Change never comes easy so when the news breaks that the new administration oil might be drilling for oil soon in a wildlife preserve in southeastern Alaska,...


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The Singing of the Dead
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
Minotaur Books

Kate Shugak hires onto the staff of a political campaign to work security for a Native woman running for state senator. The candidate has been receiving...


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Midnight Come Again
Kate Shugak Novels
Dana Stabenow
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Kate Shugak, a former investigator for the Anchorage D.A. and now a p.i. for hire, is missing after a winter spent in mourning. Alaska State Trooper Jim...


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