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A Grave Denied

A Grave Denied

A Kate Shugak Novel

Kate Shugak Novels (Volume 13)

Dana Stabenow

Minotaur Books

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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 hired him to thin the trees on her 160-acre homestead and was planning to ask him to help build a small second cabin on her property for Johnny Morgan, a teenaged boy in her care. But she, the Park's unofficial p.i., seems to have known less about him than anyone.

Alaska is a place where anybody can bury his history and start fresh, and for any reason, but this particular mystery comes to light when Len Dreyer turns up murdered. His body is discovered, frozen solid, in the path of a receding glacier with the hole from a shotgun blast in his chest. No one even knew he was missing, but it turns out he's been missing for months.

Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to help him dig into Dreyer's background, in the hope of finding some reason for his murder. She takes the case, mindful of the need for gainful employment as she copes with her responsibility for Johnny, a constant reminder of his father, her dead lover. Little does she imagine that by trying to provide for him she just might put him right in the path of danger.

A talented writer at the prime of her abilities, Stabenow delivers a masterful crime novel that turns out to be as much about living as it is about dying.

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Ms. Doogan waited for the laughter to die down. "Think about this, boys and girls," she said, waving a hand at the glacier.

"Seventy-five years ago? This little strip of beach we're picnicking on was under the glacier. That's right, under...

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Praise for A Grave Denied

“One of the strongest voices in crime fiction.” —Seattle Times

“Stabenow is a fine storyteller, but it is her passion for the Alaskan landscape and the iconoclastic people who inhabit it that fires this series and lifts this latest entry to its pinnacle.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Every time I think Dana Stabenow has gotten as good as she can get, she comes up with something better.” —The Washington Times

“The skillful Ms. Stabenow has created a believable, well-defined character in Kate and placed her in a setting so beautiful that the crimes she investigates seem almost sacrilegious...this is Ms. Stabenow's 13th Kate Shugak novel, and they just get better and better.” —Dallas Morning News

“A gifted few are able to employ the setting as something more, an ingredient that adds texture and tone and lifts the story out of the commonplace and into the rare...to these, add Dana Stabenow...this is the 13th volume in the Kate Shugak series, which, unlike many, keeps improving with age-due in large measure to Stabenow's splendid evocation of the Alaskan landscape.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

“The characters literally come alive to bring you into this fast-paced thriller, which will keep you turning the pages of this high-voltage mystery.” —Rendezvous

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About the author

Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow, award-winning author of twelve 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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