Though Not Dead

Though Not Dead

[a Kate Shugak Novel]

Book - 2011
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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 children of his own--was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he's left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, "find my father."

Easier said than done, since Sam's father is something of a mystery. An outsider, he disappeared shortly after learning about Sam's existence, taking with him a priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon. And in the three days after Kate begins her search through Sam's background, she gets threatened--and worse.

The flashbacks from Sam's fascinating life, including scenes from major events in Alaska's colorful history, punctuate a gripping story in which Kate does her best to fulfill Sam's last wish without losing her own life to the people who are following her every move, though what they are searching for Kate doesn't even know.

In Dana Stabenow's breathtaking new novel, Though Not Dead , the eighteenth to feature Kate Shugak, Kate's search for the long-lost family secrets that have been interwoven with the epic history of an unforgiving land leads to an extraordinary treasure hunt with fatal consequences.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780312559113
Branch Call Number: STABE
Characteristics: 446 p


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Sep 21, 2015

One of the best, and most complex, in the series. Kate's great uncle, Old Sam, dies and leaves her a homestead and a letter saying "Find my father." Both lead her on life-threatening chases. We learn much about Sam's early life and Alaskan history. Meantime, Jim's father dies, requiring a duty trip Outside that leads to life-changing discoveries for him. The focus on relationships here changes how both Kate and Jim view the world. The only weird thing is, in the large print edition, the cover shows a mush team that's not part of the story.

Jul 14, 2011

I haven't read Dana Stabenow for awhile. This book was an excellent read--plot storyline, everything. I'm going back to read her others. Also, what a way to see Alaska!!!

Jul 08, 2011

Kate Shugak is a great character who's tough, independent and thoughtful. A very enjoyable read.

rdrlady Mar 07, 2011

Exciting mystery, strong heroine, and a mini-course in Alaska hisory.

Mar 07, 2011

I have enjoyed the Kate Shugak series over the years, and looked forward to the latest installment. I enjoyed the Alaska history and sense of place in this one, even though I'm beginning to tire of Kate as Superwoman.

The book was so poorly edited that I found it distracting: wrong words, missing words, incorrect punctuation. How can a publisher release a book in such shoddy condition?

Mar 07, 2011

I quit wasting my time on the first page.

Mar 03, 2011

wow...Stabenow continues to thrill and charm. Kate Shugak is an awesome character and it's difficult to put her down to do other things. I would recommend Stabenows books to anyone anytime. Great Read!!!

debwalker Feb 05, 2011

Whether it’s her outdoor Alaska setting, her native American female PI, Kate Shugak, or just her solid narrative skills, Dana Stabenow delivers a terrific mystery – even as the series hits book 18 – that incorporates Alaskan history and a little-known snippet of crime-fiction lore.

Margaret Cannon

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