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A Fatal Thaw (Kate Shugak #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,610 ratings  ·  131 reviews
On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away a man's sanity is breaking. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow. But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It's u...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Berkley
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Jan 20, 2013 T rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: bought-it
I've read most of this series now and enjoy some of the earlier ones, even though they are a lot shorter in length.

Stabenow does a beautiful job describing the mountains in this tale, which includes Mutt & Kate surviving an earthquake that drastically changed the landscape.

Another scene that I enjoyed was a potlatch to honor those that had been shot and killed, with Kate's grandmother calling out each tribe's representative to join in the dancing - including an elderly man who was reportedly...more
This is a good, fast-paced, energetic mystery set in the Alaskan bush. Kate Shugak is a really fun character, looking forward to reading the next one.

I especially loved the short scene of the potlatch, where everyone is called out by tribe and is dancing the ancient dance, including Kate. Beautiful scene. The section at the very end on top of the mountain is also full of gorgeous imagery.
Joyce Lagow
Second in the Kate Shugak series.

Spring has come to the Park and with it, a mad killer who leaves 10 bodies behind until brought down by Kate and her half wolf, half husky dog, Mutt. Among the bodies, however, is that of a beautiful, promiscuous young woman who, it unfolds, was shot by a different rifle from the one used by the mass killer. Kate is assigned the job of tracking down and identifying this second murderer.

A big step upward in quality of writing in this 2nd book in the series. Especi...more
Kate Shugak has her hands full when she manages to stop a serial killer on a rampage in her own backyard. Except this time, everyone within the vicinity is killed by a psycho with a rifle except for one lady. Thought to be included with the others, it turns out that Lisa Getty was shot by someone else. Now, how can that be?

Back for a second time around are Jack Morgan, Chopper Jim and Bobby Clark. And protective Mutt; this time she has a lover, too. As usual, Jack gets Kate to work the case usin...more
Oct 28, 2011 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like cozy mysteries
I am so glad that I gave the Kate Shugak another chance. I liked the first book in the series but I liked this installment a lot more.

Kate is still coming to terms with the events that took place in the last book. However new horrors await her as a murderer goes on a killing spree, murdering innocent people in cold blood. Kate with the help of her ever faithful compainion the husky/wolf mix Mutt manages to apprehend the suspect.

It isn't until later when her off/on lover Jack Morgan comes to visi...more
I have read a couple of Kate Shugak mysteries before, and I thought they were decent. I remember her as a tough woman dealing with difficult men, among other things. I did not have her pegged as a typical heroine - 30-something, beautiful, tough, afraid of commitment. But that's what she is, based on this novel.

Because of my own ethics and standards, I found a couple of things irritating at best:

* Kate's female dog is not spayed. Kate does not want her having more puppies but she has not gotten...more
When man goes berserk on the first day of spring and shoots up the neighborhood, he kills eight, but there are nine bodies. Kate Shugak is called in by Jack Morgan to investigate the murder of the ninth. It seems the local officer had been having an affair with the victim, Lisa Getty. Kate, while happy to have the income, is not happy to come out of her hole before full spring. She interviews many of the woman's former lovers and several of their wives or girlfriends, plus the victim's sister wh...more
I read this to change up a block of reading Block's Scudder books. If "Cold Day," the first Shugak book, left me wanting more depth to Shugak's character and more of a mystery, this follow-up delivered on all fronts. It also surprised me: about midway, when it was clear what was afoot while Kate kept up her investigation, I experienced that urge to reach inside the pages and tap the protagonist on the shoulder. "Yo: over here." Then, what do you know, Shugak reveals that she was wise to the plot...more
Jennifer Sahmoun
This is book two in the Kate Shugak series. Kate is a former investigator for the Fairbanks police department who was nearly killed during a drug bust. The near fatal injury has left her with a raspy voice and a very noticeable scar on her neck. After this incident she “retired” to her homestead in the wilderness of Alaska, however, when crime happens in the Park area where she lives she is called on to investigate. She lived in the area all her life and knows better than anyone the people and t...more
After reading this the second book in author Stabenow's installment of Kate Shugak mysteries, I can say it is somewhat of an improvement over her 1st attempt at a novel. Still for me there is something lacking in the story, some of the characters I will admit I do like such as her friend Bobby a disabled veteran of the Vietnam wars who is colorful and humorous, and Bernie the bartender of a local bar. They add to the writing, but that is about where it stops. The story for me was somewhat predic...more
Another book in a good mystery series. I've become hooked on the Kate Shugak books! Since I'm already cold in winter, I might as well read about Alaska -- after all, it's even colder there!
Nina Post
I am in love with this series, and the ending of A Fatal Thaw is sublime.
Andrea Russo
Orribile. Troppe scene sconnesse con la trama principale, che magari possono andar bene per un altro tipo di libro (e che magari sono anche interessanti per imparare qualcosa sulla cultura dell'Alaska), ma non per un giallo! Voglio che la trama proceda avanti spedita, con colpi di scena e senza tante interruzioni che mi fanno perdere la voglia di leggere. Peccato, questo libro era iniziato bene, molto bene, ma poi scade in dettagli inutili e banalità. Per non parlare della protagonista, che si f...more
In this #2 of the Kate Shugak series, Kate wakes up the first morning of Spring, encounters, and captures a local resident who has been affected by the long cold Alaskan winter. He "goes berserk" and begins killing his neighbors for no apparent reason. When the count is up to nine, Kate and her half husky/half wolf dog Mutt capture him. It turns out that the nineth and last victim was killed by a different rifle. This victim was Lisa Getty, a beautiful, promiscuous, and unsavory woman who had mo...more
I have mixed feelings about this book, the second in the Kate Shugak series. I have some reservations about a few pieces of the storyline, mainly the mystical aspects, as lovely as they are. I'm not sure that Kate's communing with the spirits of her ancestors while leading a tribal dance or, even more unbelievably, dancing with the northern lights on a mountaintop belong in the book. It's not that I don't appreciate the insights into Native Alaskan spirituality, or the insights into Kate's chara...more
Bruce Snell
Book Two in the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow - 3.5 stars. It is springtime in the Alaska outback and one of the local residents grabs his hunting rifle and murders 8 people - he is caught in the act by Kate Shugak. The only problem is that there are 9 bodies and Kate is asked to learn who killed the 9th. The victim has a reputation for sexual promiscuity that includes virtually every man in the community - and she is hated by virtually every woman in the community. After an attempt on Kat...more
This is the next in the Kate Shugak series, following on from A Cold Day for Murder, and this time around, Kate finds herself in the middle of what's going on, as she is the last person to come across a man who's apparently just 'snapped' and killed a number of his neighbours in a shooting spree.

There is, of course, more to this than apparently meets the eye - one of the bodies that is found is discovered to have been killed with a bullet of a different calibre. In other words, someone has taken...more
A Fatal thaw indeed. DS delves into deep psych in the interior of Alaska's state park. Kate Shugak is right in a crazy man's site when her part husky, part wolf companion Mutt saves the day by knocking her out of his range and taking down the killer. Too bad eight people down the road had already met the shooter. Turns out one of the dead was killed by a different gun and although Kate knows who the killer is she is hoping she is wrong. This book was pure pleasure to read. DS has a talent for de...more
mystery part... Lottie - masculine looking/build, outdoorsperson, tolerated by parents, abrasive... Lisa - younger, Marilyn Monroe looks, educated, slut (seems to have slept with every man around), marijuana grower, animal tusks/gall bladder killer/collector/seller...

ex soldier (??), came to alaska last summer, lost job, wintered here, first day of spring bought a rife, and struck out in the morning killing everyone he came accross - totaling 8, before he got to the forewarned Kate & Mutt i...more
This is the 2nd in the Kate Shugak series and it was a very satisfying read. Kate is called upon to investigate a murder of opportunity. A madman gets up one morning, has his breakfast, grabs his rifle and proceeds, without rhyme or reason, to shoot and kill a number of people in the area. Kate gets a call that he is headed in her direction and lying in wait for him, she brings him down easily and turns him over to the authorities. She is as stunned as everyone else to learn that nine people are...more
The Kate Shugak series massively appealed to me. She is a moral, if not slightly damaged (aren't we all?!) Native Alaskan woman who solves mysteries around Alaska and has a wolf-dog roommate. I started reading them in Unalaska and continued in Dillingham and still think that anybody who wants to visit Alaska but can't afford the air-fare could get a pretty good tour, not to mention enjoying some well-crafted mystery, by reading these books.
This is the second installment in the series and it was very good. I figured out the killer from the word go, but this book, at least to me, felt less about the mystery and more about the characters developing, the sense of place, the psychology of a people, of a place, of a community. Even though the mystery was a complete no-brainer, the book itself was lovely. The scenes of the dances were extraordinary.
I bought this from Audibles daily deals and was pleasantly surprised. The Alaskan setting is described very well, the great detail helped it to easily become part of the story. The characters are believable, they fit right into the snowy setting and you can see how their personalities are developed and influenced by their rural environment.

I liked Kate, she is a capable, independent gal that is commissioned by the local police to root out, who among the locals, just may be a murderer. Her best...more
A Fatal Thaw. C'est le dégel. Le premier jour du printemps dans le Park.
Comme tous les ans, Kate Shugak s'attend à son lot de craquages. Cette fois, le craquage en question est un voisin sortant de l'hiver et cheminant de son chalet à la ville, son nouveau fusil à la main, abattant ses voisins, hommes, femmes et enfants, comme sur des ballons à la foire.
Et aussi, un loup gris courtisant Mutt, celle-ci rivalisant de filouterie pour échapper à la vigilance de Kate ; la femme fatale du Park parmi l...more
This is the second book in a long-running series set in Alaska. The protagonist is a strong and independent female with strong ties to the Inuit population. She is a mostly quiet type that connects the clues methodically, but is also able to respond quickly and effectively to dangerous situations. Provides good insight into what living in Alaska is like and some of the environmental issues there.
Susan Coley
The writing in this series is so great. The story is compelling, but the interaction between the characters and even Mutt, draws you in. I miss the characters and crave the next book in the series. Having read the "other end" of the series, I'm going back to the beginning.
Nadene Seiters
Okay, so I couldn't stay away for more than two days after reading the first one, and I finished this one in less than three hours. An awesome read; I can't wait to move on to the third one! Dana really knows how to make the reader feel sympathy for the 'bad guy'.
An insane man goes on a killing spree, coldly and methodically killing eight of his neighbors, including two young children. Kate Shugak, in the killer's sights and about to be shot, is saved in-the-nick-of-time by Mutt, her husky/wolf mixed-breed companion, who stops the murderer in his tracks. Trooper Jim Chopin takes the suspect into custody. (Kate should have let Mutt tear out the killer's throat or else shot him herself, as everyone keeps telling her.)
It's later discovered that a ninth bod...more
If I have to sum up this book in one word, I would say "lot of perplexity". The story is a set of scenes that apparently the author likes, but that are bad connected and illogical.
There's nothing intriguing, just unreal events. Everyone is in love with the protagonist, who is a perfect woman and has a dog that is described like a person that can think, express his opinion and so on. The thriller and the tension are inexistent: there's a murderer discovered without any logical reason, just becaus...more
I have really enjoyed this series so far. The author is from Alaska and it is fun to be able to visit Alaska during the course of the book. As much as I enjoyed this book it did have a dark side. It's not a cozy mystery. Basically a man slaughters an entire village of people with a gun. After the bodies are recovered it is discovered that the 9th victim was killed with a different gun. DA Jack Morgan needs someone to investigate who knows the Park as that area of Alaska is called, and someone wh...more
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