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A Taint in the Blood
10 Oct 2012 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781850374

An Alaskan-based crime novel featuring native Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 384 pages
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
A Cold Day for Murder
Midnight Come Again
The Singing of the Dead
A Fine and Bitter Snow
A Grave Denied
A Deeper Sleep
Whisper to the Blood
A Night Too Dark
Though Not Dead
Restless in the Grave
A Fatal Thaw
Bad Blood
Less than a Treason
No Fixed Line
Dead in the Water
A Cold Blooded Business
Play with Fire
Blood Will Tell
Breakup
Killing Grounds
Hunter's Moon
Also in A Kate Shugak Investigation series
A Taint in the BloodA Kate Shugak Investigation, 14by Dana Stabenow

KATE SHUGAK is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska. She's 5 foot 1 inch tall, carries a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat and owns half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroine – and she needs to be to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her.

A TAINT IN THE BLOOD. A daughter hires Kate to clear her mother's name. Twenty years ago, her 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 alone.

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised on a 75-foot fishing tender. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing. Her first Kate Shugak book, A Cold Day for Murder, received an Edgar Award from the Crime Writers of America. Find her online at stabenow.com

THE KATE SHUGAK INVESTIGATIONS. Kate Shugak is a native Aleut with a touch of Russian heritage working as a private investigator in Alaska. She's 5 foot 1 inch tall, carries a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat and owns a half-wolf, half-husky named Mutt. Orphaned at eight years old, Kate grew up to be resourceful, strong willed and defiant. She is tougher than your average heroine – and she needs to be to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her. Kate used to work as an investigator for the Anchorage DA's office but after her throat was slashed while saving a child, she resigned from her job, and returned to the log cabin her father built on her tribe's native lands, deep in Alaska's largest national park in the shadow of the Quilak Mountains. For fourteen months Kate remained in the wilderness – her voice cut down to a raspy growl by the jagged scar stretched across her neck. Then, during the worst winter on record, a congressman's son disappeared... Two weeks later, the DA's investigator sent to find him was also reported missing. The FBI turned to the one person they knew had the skills to track down the missing men in the depths of an Alaskan winter. This is where you'll meet Kate in book one, A Cold Day for Murder. Over the next 19 books, Kate investigates murders both ancient and modern, she works under cover in the Arctic Circle, goes to sea, signs up as a bodyguard, tracks missing tribal relics and fights for the Aleut way of life. Kate will be forced into hiding, she'll witness the violent death of her closest friend and she'll face extreme peril herself. She'll even end up adopting a teenage boy. Just as well that she'll have Mutt at her side throughout it all.


'For those who like series, mysteries, books with rich, idiosyncratic settings, engaging characters, Strong Women and reasonably hot sex on occasion ... let me recommend Dana Stabenow' Diana Gabaldon

'A darkly compelling view of life in the Alaskan bush, well laced with lots of gallows humor. Her characters are very believable, the story lines are always suspenseful, and every now and then she lets a truly vile villain be eaten by a grizzley. Who could ask for more?' Sharon Penman

'Stabenow is blessed with a rich prose style and a fine eye for detail. An outstanding series' Washington Post

'One of the strongest voices in crime fiction' Seattle Times

'An antidote to sugary female sleuths: Kate Shugak, the Aleut private investigator' New York Times

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