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This is book number 12 in the Kate Shugak Novels series.
Change never comes easy so when the news breaks that the new administration oil might be drilling for oil soon in a wildlife preserve in southeastern Alaska, home to P.I. Kate Shugak, battle lines are quickly drawn across the community. But for Kate, who hasn't been able to get back into her daily life ever since her lover's violent death a few months ago, it's a welcome reprieve from doing nothing.
Tensions run high when Kate's friend and chief park ranger, Dan O'Brien, is deemed "too green" for them by management and asked to take early retirement. Kate rallies the troops to fight for his job, but before she can really start throwing her weight around, a longtime resident is found brutally murdered. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin enlists Kate in the investigation, and it isn't long before she discovers that when it comes to the beauty and danger of living and dying in Alaska, nothing is as simple as it seems...
“Stabenow uses the merciless magnificence of her state to create a stunning backdrop for her intense and intelligent mysteries.” —St. Petersburg Times
“An intelligent crime novel that reflects both [Stabenow's] love of wilderness and her understanding of the complex questions of profit versus the purity of the frontier.” —Dallas Morning News
“The 12th in a series that truly evolves...rich with details about life in this snowbound culture, the story moves at a steady pace to a classic ending.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Among the series' best.” —Booklist