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This is book number 14 in the Kate Shugak Novels series.
In Dana Stabenow's A Taint in the Blood, a woman hires Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak to clear her mother's name.Twenty years ago, the 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 in the past.
In this spell-binding crime novel, Kate must confront twenty years of secrets and regret--and murder--in one of Alaska's most powerful families.
“This fourteenth Kate Shugak mystery is among the best in a consistently strong series.” —Booklist on A Taint in the Blood
“A Taint in the Blood,' like its predecessors, canbe read on t wo levels--as a cleverly-executed thriller with an intriguing protagonist or as a fascinating exploration of an exotic society with its own unique culture. Either way, you can't lose.” —San Diego Union-Tribune on A Taint in the Blood
“Full of strong story and sharp description...it deserves to be noted as one of her best.” —Chicago Tribune on A Taint in the Blood
“Fast-paced action scenes [and] sympathetic child characters...help smooth a complex plot strewn with chunks of historical background.” —Publishers Weekly on A Taint in the Blood
“This is one fast paced thriller that you won't be able to put down.” —Rendezvous on A Taint in the Blood