NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY by Dana Stabenow - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Dana Stabenow.
In Stabenow's third Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell mystery
(following Fire and Ice, 1998 and So Sure of Death, 1999), the physical descriptions of Alaska
are awesome: Stabenow places you right in this lonely, breathtaking
beautifully evoked that it serves as another character.
When Liam's lover, pilot Wyanet Chouinard, discovers
the murdered Opal Nunapitchuk while delivering mail at lonely Kagati
Lake, she calls Campbell and his assistant, Diane Prince. At first it
seems a random assault; then a woman disappears after her husband is
killed at their gold mining claim. When the troopers connect the crimes
with a 20-year-old string of missing women, they know they're following
a previously undetected serial killer.
Meanwhile, Wy's adopted teenage
son, Tim, is again in danger from his alcoholic birth mother. Wy
hastens him to Moses Alakuyak's fish camp at Old Man Creek, where Moses
and his girlfriend, Bill, take care of the boy. When Peter Cole, whose
cabin is another stop on Wy's mail run, is found dead, she plots the
track of the present crimes and realizes the madman is headed for Old
Edgar-winner Stabenow is an accomplished writer whose books,
including the Kate Shugak and the Star Svensdotter series, are always
entertaining. In this one the sense of place overwhelms everything
else, although that may be what Alaska is all about.