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A Deeper Sleep (Kate Shugak #15)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,861 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In A Deeper Sleep, her first novel since Blindfold Game, the stand-alone political thriller that made Dana Stabenow a New York Times bestseller, Stabenow returns to the popular and award-winning Kate Shugak series.

Kate, a private investigator, has been working on a case for the Anchorage District Attorney involving the murder of a young woman by her husband, a man named Lo
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
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Mike Finn
Although "A Deeper Sleep" is the fifteenth Kate Shugak novel, it caught me by surprise from the beginning and kept surprising me throughout the book.

The first surprise was that "A Deeper Sleep" was narrated by Bernadette Dunne, rather than Marguerite Gavin, who has been the narrator for all the other books. I thought Bernadette Dunne did a great job. She caught every nuance of the story, but, after listening to fourteen novels with Marguerite Gavin's voice in my ear, she just didn't sound like K
Carolyn Wallis
This is my first book read of this series and by this author. I could follow the story line even though it's in the middle of the series. Ms Stabenow is a clear enough writer for this type of story and I appreciated the Alaskan landscape and culture. I found the characters, on which so much of the story rests, to be shallow.

It really isn't my type of story. I did not think it lived up to being a thriller and a mystery (unless it the mystery was keeping up with the sleeping partners).
I seem to be eating these Kate Shugak books up. I just finished A Deeper Sleep, which focuses a lot on The Park and its people/culture. The murder mystery was quite complex though it looked simple on the surface. Kate and Jim's lover life at times seems likes it's rolling right along, and then something comes up to cause some backwards steps. The book ends with several strings dangling, and of course I will be reading #16 in the series, Whisper To The Blood.
Laura Belgrave
Jun 15, 2008 Laura Belgrave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery buffs, people who like series characters
The truth? Much as I adore Dana Stabenow’s “Kate Sugak” series, I didn’t think this was one of her strongest. It was -- and pretty much remained -- slow-paced, and the focus was far less on Kate than customary. Sure, Alaska as a backdrop is an enticing environment. It is in this story, too. But I buy the Kate Shugak books because I want to be caught up in Kate’s life. And though character is paramount to me, if I’m reading a mystery, I want it to move along. That isn’t the case in this book.

A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow is the 15th book of the Kate Shugak mystery series set in contemporary Alaska. Native Alaskan (Aleut) Kate lives with adopted teenager Johnny and wolf dog Mutt on a homestead in "The Park". Kate works as a PI for the Anchorage DA, while the Aleut "Aunties" pressure Kate to take her place as a tribe elder. Kate and Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin are eager to see monster Louis Deems, vicious murderer of three wives, finally convicted and sentenced. But the monster ...more
A Deeper Sleep: A predator is set free to strike again...


Kate Shugak's life is going pretty well, she has house, a adopted son, and a handsome sheriff she is going to catch one of these days whether he likes it or not. She's also happy that one of the lose ends that no one could ever seem to pin anything on should be going to jail on a murder charge that will put him away for a long, long time. Louis Deem is one of the craftier criminals that hung around the town, the biggest trouble with
#15 in the Kate Shugak series. Kate is a diminutive, but tough, native Alaskan PI. She is accompanied by her companion Mutt, a half-wolf hybrid that outweighs her. The pair can be intimidating.

Kate Shugak is upset when serial wife-killer Louis Deem is acquitted. Soon after his acquittal, Roadhouse owner Bernie's wife and son are killed in a robbery and ward Johnny is a witness. Johnny accuses Deem but is contradicted by Deem's latest fiancé and Deem walks again, until he is found dead of a close
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

I liked a lot of features of the book: strong female protagonist, importance of the native peoples, Kate's dog [usually I don't like dogs in mysteries], the matriarchal community, the nasty portrayal of a christian cult-like family and the Alaska setting. Some features were tedious, the charismatic power of the serial seducer, the clueless submissiveness of the younger women...However, the main deduction was not being able to figure out who shot whom an
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Meurtres en série et acquittement pour un natif du Park, lointain cousin à l'aura maléfique omniprésent dans la vie de Kate et toujours impuni.
Un tome qui progresse dans une atmosphère de plus en plus sombre et lourde, annonçant un changement essentiel dans la vie de Kate: elle cède aux "Four Aunties" et prend la place que sa grand-mère, Emma, Park Elder respectée et figure emblématique de l'Association Native locale à l'influence encore bien plus étendue, avait préparée pour elle au sein du Con
Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series occasionally takes a step aside from the "traditional" (if such can truly be defined) murder mystery. Every few novels in, we spend more time doing character studies and personal updates with some of the individuals that inhabit "The Park" and its environs. Sure, there's a murder or two - I suspect Stabenow's contract with the publisher demands it - but it feels like an afterthought, shoehorned in around the other stuff.

THIS novel was different. It was both. Wh
Masterful whodunit by Dana Stabenow. Louis Deem embodies all that is vile and insidious, a villain that is easy to loathe. The story begins with Louis on trial for murdering his third wife--not enough evidence to convict him of the other wives murders--and he is found not guilty mostly because of jury intimidation but also the incompetence of the prosecutor. Kate and Jim and the PC of Ahtna are besides themselves at the miscarriage of justice. Louis Deem has plans and they include the eldest dau ...more
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It's an intolerable situation. Louis Deem has gotten away with the murder of his third wife. He loves killing, and it's especially gratifying to kill each wife when he tires of her. Other people are being murdered, too. The Park can't do anything about it, because whenever Louis goes to trial he threatens the families of the jurors. Acquitted and free, Louis hooks up with a newcomer named Smith whose means of dealing with laws he doesn't like -- such as protecting wildlands and wildlife -- is to ...more
There's a rhythm to the telling of these books about Kate Shugak and there's a lot of back-story. While I enjoy the stories, I don't read them enough to have all the interpersonal relationships in my head. I appreciate the culture and like learning about life in an area that I would never (not in a million years) be able to live, but I need to take them in bundles so I can absorb the meaning correctly.
phillip d ford
Another suspenseful masterpiece

What can I say Dana Stabenow has done it again! A Deeper Sleep keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. I am so glad that there is another book ready and waiting for me to continue the Kate, Jim, and Johnny sagas.
Jun 24, 2008 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gio
Shelves: mystery
It was so good to reconnect with Kate Shugak, Mutt, & the Aunties! I hadn't realized how much I've missed them all. I read this in the midst of a flurry of demonstrations around the U.S. Conference of Mayors, so it did not get the attention it otherwise would have. My somewhat muddled take is that it was a solid mystery in a great setting (though Alaska itself was less of a character than usual). Stabenow gives us more twists/surprises than I recall (though that could be my memory). All in a ...more
Louis Deems is a bona fide bad guy and everybody in the Park and law enforcement know it. He's also smart and when he's acquitted of his wife's murder, Kate Shugak and Jim Chopin are determined not to let him evade a conviction when he's arrested in conjunction with a double murder. Deems is identified by eyewitness Johnny Morgan, Kate's teenage ward. On one level, the conclusion of the book is somewhat unsatisfying, but it is a very realistic denouement, so that makes up for the "untidiness." K ...more
A DEEPER SLEEP (Suspense-Alaska-Cont) – G+
Stabenow, Dana – 15th in series
St. Martin’s Minatour, 2007- US Hardcover- ISBN: 0213243221
*** Kate Shugak and Trooper Jim Chopin are after Louis Deems. They know Deems has killed, but they’ve never been able to convict him. Once again, a woman and her son are murdered, Deems is the prime suspect, but they lack evidence. Now Demms has turned up dead.
*** This really is a Kate and Jim Chopin book. While always enjoyable, it did seem less than her previous
After listening, I discovered that this is #15 in a series! AGHH I hate coming in the "middle" of a story. It was pretty good as a stand-alone though. I will go looking for the first book and if I like it well enough, I'll find the rest of the series too.
Smart-ass awesome Aleut lady detective with a serious love for her dog and a grudge against the town asshole who has gotten away with murdering THREE of his wives. The mysteries all get resolved by the end, but no one except the reader totally understands how. I kinda loved that.
Good mystery. Set in Alaska, modern day, which in back country of Alaska is still pretty rustic. Enjoyable story and I actually figured it out on the last two chapters. Curious about the rest of her books...
Angel Waggoner
I really like the Kate Shugak Series and the way she gets in the bad guy's faces and projects 'you don't scare me' with very few words. Love Mutt.
I didn't like this story as much as other Kate Shugak novels. It was more disturbing that others and the ending was a little vague. I still like this series and will continue with more.
An okay romp through the park, but not one of the better stories of the series.
Apr 04, 2014 Eliana added it
Kate Shugak! The quintessential female heroine! Great mystery plots on the res in Alaska.
So I wasn't a big fan of this one. It's the first I've read in the series.
Good book. People are definitely people, good bad and indifferent.

Kate Schugak has been working to convict Louis Deem for murder of his wife, and is very disappointed when he gets off again. This is the second wife who has died in suspicious circumstances. and Louis is soon after another woman. Kate knows he is bad. Soon, a shooting death of two people happens, and Johnny picks Louis out of a lineup. Louis is arrested for the murder. Then someone comes up behind Kate's truck at night and shoots at Johnny and hits Mutt. Louis newest girlfriend alibis him, and L ...more
Complex characters, intriguing plot. Liked it very much.
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