By Dana Stabenow

Every body knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for lease within the Park close to Niniltna, Alaska, yet not anyone knew anything approximately him. Even Kate Shugak employed him to skinny the timber on her 160-acre abode and used to be making plans to invite him to aid construct a small moment cabin on her estate for Johnny Morgan, a teenaged boy in her care. yet she, the Park's unofficial p.i., turns out to have identified much less approximately him than anyone.

Alaska is a spot the place anyone can bury his historical past and begin clean, and for any cause, yet this actual secret involves gentle while Len Dreyer turns up murdered. His physique is came across, frozen sturdy, within the course of a receding glacier with the outlet from a shotgun blast in his chest. nobody even knew he used to be lacking, however it seems he's been lacking for months.

Alaska country Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to assist him dig into Dreyer's historical past, within the wish of discovering a few cause of his homicide. She takes the case, aware of the necessity for gainful employment as she copes along with her accountability for Johnny, a continuing reminder of his father, her lifeless lover. Little does she think that by means of attempting to supply for him she simply could positioned him correct within the course of danger.

A proficient author on the leading of her skills, Stabenow provides a masterful crime novel that seems to be as a lot approximately residing because it is ready loss of life.

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Whenever I feel dismayed, I hold my head erect,” I sang to myself. While Billy went up the hall to the print room, the smokers pinched off the ends of their cigarettes and carefully put them in their pockets. Nolan went into Grobian’s office and shut the door. When he came out a few minutes later, the other men trooped in in a group. Since they left the door open, I followed them. 5 Imperial Relations ffices in industrial spaces aren’t designed for the comfort or prestige of the inhabitant. Grobian got a bigger space than the tiny rooms I’d poked into earlier—it even included a closet in the far corner—but it was painted the same dirty yellow, held the same metal desk and chairs as the others, and, like them, even had a video cam in the ceiling.

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