A Grave Denied (Kate Shugak, Book 13) by Dana Stabenow

By Dana Stabenow

Each person knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for rent 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 home 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 mild while Len Dreyer turns up murdered. His physique is stumbled on, frozen strong, within the direction of a receding glacier with the opening from a shotgun blast in his chest. not anyone even knew he was once lacking, however it seems he's been lacking for months.

Alaska nation Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to assist him dig into Dreyer's historical past, within the desire of discovering a few reason behind his homicide. She takes the case, conscious of the necessity for gainful employment as she copes together with her accountability for Johnny, a continuing reminder of his father, her lifeless lover. Little does she think that through attempting to supply for him she simply may positioned him correct within the direction of danger.

A gifted author on the best of her skills, Stabenow offers a masterful crime novel that seems to be as a lot approximately residing because it is set demise.

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I could see his muscles with the sleeves of his shirt rolled up. When we got close my nerves went away because of how kind his face was. “Hello there, Clifford,” Grandmaw said. “Hidee, Miss Ruth,” he said. Then he nodded to Mammy. His face and ears turned red. ” Mammy said. ” She smiled and I pictured her as a girl. It crossed my mind that Clifford might think she was pretty. It made me feel funny to think of my mammy as a woman and not just the one who bore me. I wasn’t used to seeing her around men her own age.

But he always was. “She’ll come around, Douglas,” he’d say. ” I didn’t do all the talking on our walks. He told me stories, mostly about the times he had with Myra’s grandparents growing up. When Mr. Barnett lost his older brother in the war, Macon Lamb was the closest thing he had to one. Since he was the only boy left in a house full of sisters, he was always at Macon’s heels. “He’s the one taught me how to smoke and chew both,” Mr. Barnett said. “Some people didn’t like him because he was quiet, and they took that for hateful.

It was Macon that never got over it. Since their youngest, Clio, got killed, he’s been scared to death something might happen to the baby she left behind. Myra’s the only thing he’s got left of Clio. ” I loved hearing stories about Myra as a baby, how Macon and Byrdie doted on her. Mr. Barnett said they worked hard to make a good home for her to grow up in, and I can’t think of a better one than what they had. It’s pretty all over Bloodroot Mountain, but the Lambs have the best spot. When the trees are bare you can see far into the woods from their back steps, and from the front window you can look down on the winding dirt road and the creek rushing alongside it.

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