Stabenow, author of the Edgar-winning Kate Shugak series (Killing
Grounds, 1999), masterfully traces the twisting life of Alaska State
Trooper Liam Campbell in this series debut.
Campbell steps off a plane
in the town of Newenham, his new posting, leaving behind him in
Anchorage a tattered career, a dead son and a wife in a coma. His first
moments in town bring him into close contact with pilot Wyanet Chouinard and the headless corpse of her flying
partner, Bob DeCreft, who was decapitated by the propeller of Wy's
plane. Meanwhile at the local watering hole someone has taken offense
at Jimmy Buffet's singing and shot out the jukebox.
Now the music
critic is being held hostage by an enraged barkeep. The proliferation
of grizzled macho thugs, sexy loner women and acts of nasty violence
might makes readers' heads spin, but Stabenow weaves it all into a
compelling tale with an assured hand. Liam's troubled past is only a precursor to the turmoil
he faces in southwest Alaska. Happily, this much mayhem has rarely been
in surer literary hands.