Though Not Dead

Though Not Dead

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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 artefact, 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 colourful history, punctuate a gripping story in which Kate does her best to fulfil 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 33.02mm | 226.8g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312559100
  • 9780312559106
  • 89,141

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Kate Shugak will go to the ends of the earth to solve one Alaskan family's epic mystery in this breathtaking novel from New York Times bestselling author

Dana Stabenow

The residents of Alaska's largest national park are still stunned by the death of one of its lifelong residents: Eighty-seven-year-old Old Sam Dementieff. Dubbed the "father" of all of the Park rats--although he had no children of his own--Sam was especially close to his niece, P. I. Kate Shugak. Even so, she more than anyone is surprised to discover that in his will he's left her everything--including a letter instructing her simply to "find my father."

"A splendid series."--USA Today

Easier said than done. Sam's father scandalously disappeared after his birth, taking with him a priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon. Now, just three days into her investigation, Kate finds herself being 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. Meanwhile, an unknown enemy is on her trail...and will stop at nothing to make sure that the truth about Sam's father stays buried.

"A stand-out entry in a consistently good series."--Booklist (starred review)
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"Brilliant" (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"
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About Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Shugak mysteries and the Liam Campbell mysteries, as well as a few science fiction and thriller novels. Her book A Cold Day for Murder won an Edgar Award in 1994. Stabenow was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She has a B.A. in journalism and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of Alaska. She has worked as an egg counter and bookkeeper for a seafood company, and worked on the TransAlaska pipeline before becoming a full-time writer. She continues to live in Alaska.
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3 12% (448)
2 2% (66)
1 1% (21)
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