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Dead In The Water (Kate Shugak #3)

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Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A, 's office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north -- where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.
Paperback, 217 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Berkley (first published 1993)
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Vivisection
Whenever I read a Kate Shugak mystery, I always go back to see if Dana Stabenow has any Native blood because her portrait of the indigenous Alaskans is so 3 dimensional. I have ever claimed to be constantly annoyed by Anglo authors who can't resist the lure of the Noble Savage and the connection to the Great Spirits and the Ancestors.

Dana Stabenow, however, is pitch perfect. Her representations of life at the Park (aka the Aleut Rez) and the dynamics between the tribal members, the old ways vs.
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Kirsty Darbyshire

This has been my favourite book in the series so far (it's the third). In this book Kate is working on a crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea. There are two reasons that this worked for me. The first was that the setting was wonderful and I really got the feel of the icy seas and the isolated villages visited. The second is that because Kate was away from her home ground I didn't spend half the book wondering if I was supposed to remember the characters from the previous books which is what happe

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Judy
Jan 21, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a tough female protagonist
I'm really enjoying the Kate Shugak mysteries. In this story Kate works undercover on a crabbing boat in the Bering Sea. It's amazing what this lady can accomplish. Maybe a little farfetched, but based on the author's life experiences, maybe not so much. Anyway, fun and quick to read.
Lisa Wolf
The Kate Shugak series gets better and better! I just finished this 3rd book via audio, and loved it. The narrator is terrific, as always, and I really enjoyed Kate's adventure this time around. In this book, the action takes place entirely on board a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea and at various places in the Aleutian Islands. At first, I was hesitant, thinking I would miss Kate's home setting of Niniltna and the familiar cast of characters there, but I ended up quite entertained by Kate's da ...more
Barbara ★
I continue to just love this series! Kate Shugak is a marvelous heroine, the history of Alaska and the antics of the native people is just enthralling.

In this installment, Kate goes undercover on an Alaskan crab boat where two crew members disappeared. The story is very detailed regarding the crabbing industry. Lucky for me I just watched Deadliest Catch on Thanksgiving, so everything they were doing was something I could picture which made my understanding of the danger and freezing temperature
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Barbara Kling
Aug 07, 2015 Barbara Kling rated it liked it
I do love Stabenow! It's a social studies lesson within a well wrought mystery! In this installment we learn about Auna island and the Aleut and their basket weaving techniques and a young girls storyknife.
Mike Finn
Feb 15, 2015 Mike Finn rated it really liked it
The Kate Shugak books are usually credible, compact mysteries, set against a backdrop of some significant aspect of life in Alaska. "Dead In The Water" has Jack Morgan getting Kate to go under-cover as crew boat fishing for crab off the Aleutian Islands, to investigate the disappearance of two former crew members.

What follows is a vivid description of what life on board is like and an mystery with enough twist and turns and action and physical danger to keep everything moving along nicely.

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Jennifer
Nov 11, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Another mystery solved by the amazing Kate Shugak. I know I'm behind the eight ball with this series of books but in my defense, I only discovered Dana Stabenow this year so I am working furiously to catch up.

This is book three in the Kate Shugak series and I thoroughly enjoyed it, just like the first two. This time Kate is out crab-fishing in the Aleutian islands and hunting for murderers. I myself have never been to Alaska but Dana's descriptions almost make me feel like I'm there. I felt like
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Ape
Feb 22, 2015 Ape rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Possibly the best yet in the series (and for once I am actually reading a series in order!). This is more Kate Shugak marvellousness out in Alaska. In this book she is away from home and her wolf-dog Mutt (who is briefly referenced as just having had pups!) and she is working undercover in the Alaskan fishing industry. A lot of this book is set upon the fishing trawler the Avlida, and my god, it sounds like a tough life. As someone who gets sea sick on a calm sea, some of this did sound like my ...more
Dyana
Apr 29, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd in the series (and the best so far). Kate Shugak has been asked by her former boss, Jack Morgan, to go undercover on a crab fishing boat named the Avilda and find out what happened to two fisherman that disappeared on an Aleut island named Anua. No bodies were ever found and foul play is suspected. The crew of five include Harry Gault, the skipper; Kate; Andy Pence, a naive blond surfer; and two nefarious crewman named Seth Skinner and Ned Nordhoff. The only person that Kate can ...more
Richard Morris
Jul 14, 2015 Richard Morris rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to start this book because I knew that it all takes place in the Aleutian Islands without the characters from the previous books, except for brief appearances of Jack. But In once spent a miserable day on a small boat in Kodiak Harbor. A few of us paid a lot of money to be tossed around in choppy seas with a lot of seasickness and some people begging to go back to the island. it was too foggy and misty to see anything. So the subject matter intrigued me. The mystery is secondary t ...more
Betty
Nov 03, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
Kate Shugak is working undercover on Fishing Boat in north Alaskan waters.The history of islands and of the danger of crab fishing is first-class. Jack has hired to explore the case of two missing fishermen from the boat. It has been awhile and families and boat company want answers. There are several twists and turns in the story before Kate finds answers.
Ed
Jan 21, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#3 in the Kate Shugak series. For some reason, I started reading the series with #4 in 11/01, and had read 11 of them 4 months later. After reading 14 (#17 in the series), I got my hands on #3 Dead in the Water (1993). It was a kick to read about Kate Shugak back when she was starting - younger and more raw. Then back to the present and I read #20 Bad Blood (2013) not long ago. Still great Alaskan adventure in one of the best of the long running series.

Kate Shugak Kate is working on the Avilda ,
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Linda
Jan 21, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, more so as the main character was out of her comfort zone. I really enjoyed the parts of the story where Kate was learning more about her culture and her interactions with her shipmate, Andy. The contrast between Andy's positivity and Kate's negativity is great.

The story is sees Kate on a fishing boat investigating 2 missing crew men and the suspense builds as the story progresses but doesn't get too technical. The whole story is very well written and captures the Alaskan way
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Kate
Sep 07, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
delighted I'm not a north pacific fisherman.
R.W. Lang
Jul 14, 2015 R.W. Lang rated it liked it
Kate Shugak is a native Aleut working as a private investigator. She's been assigned to work on the crew of a fishing boat, the Avilda. Last March, two men of the Avilda disappeared whilst loading supplies on a remote island in the Bering Sea The skipper, Harry Gault, claims the men went ashore looking for water and never returned. Kate needs to find out what really happened. As the plot expands, she discovers cocaine smuggling, fraud and murder. After almost being drowned herself, she's able to ...more
Kevin
Nov 27, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
This being the 3rd book that I have read by Dana Stabenow in her "Kate Shugak" mysteries. Kate Shugak is a retired investigator from the Anchorage's DA office. She is occasionally lured out of retiremnt on a case that needs investigated, usually with her needing the money, as she live's obscurily in the Alaska wilderness. The first two installment's I found interesting and different, and also alluring as the back drop is in the Alaska wilds. I think I gave the first two books in the series a mid ...more
Randy Daugherty
Mar 25, 2013 Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it
Dead In The Water is the third Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. This was far the best out of the three so far and leaving you wanting more.

Kate offered to help out Jack Morgan on occasion for a flat 400 a day plus expenses. This time she charged 500 and if she had known what she was getting into she would have charged more. Working undercover as a crab fisher Kate is looking into the death of two of the ships former crew mates.
With the ship being battered by the rough Bering seas she begins
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Jody
Jul 18, 2009 Jody rated it really liked it
I read one other in this mystery series that features a female sleuth and takes place in Alaska. However, I have not read them in order and I know I'm missing parts of the full story. This one takes place on a crab fishing boat. Thanks to the TV show, Deadliest Catch, I could actually clearly picture what she describes! The words, the places, the work is all familiar to me because of that TV show. I wonder if it would have been as clear had I not seen the show. Regardless, a couple of deckhands ...more
Marlène
Et encore une relecture encore plus agréable que le souvenir de la première découverte de ce tome.
J'ai l'impression de me répéter mais cette série de polars me plonge dans une culture exotique sans la romancer pour autant et je la trouve passionnante. La pêche au crabe en haute-mer au large des Îles Aléoutiennes, c'est pas super romantique, me direz-vous. Ben non. C'est plutôt l'aperçu de l'histoire de la région de Dutch Harbor, Unalaska et des Îles Aléoutiennes qui est intéressant et comme la p
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Liz
Jul 15, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
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.
Cynthia
Nov 25, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it
I am so very grateful to have won a book by Dana Stabenow on Goodreads. I enjoyed it (Though Not Dead) so much that I decided to go back and read the Kate Shugak series from the beginning. Dead in the Water just reinforces my opinion of how wonderful Stabenow's writing can be.

Kate is working undercover on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. Two crew members of the Avilda disappeared, supposedly having gone looking for fresh water. While Kate does the grueling work of a fisherman, she studies the c
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Helen
Feb 03, 2016 Helen rated it it was amazing
Murder investigator Kate goes under cover on an Alaskan crab fishing boat. This one was fascinating and Stabenow takes you into the rough and touble world of crab fishing off the northern coast of Alaska. Kate is sort of an aquatic superwoman, both as a deckhand and swimmer. More interesting native stories and history, including the relocation of the Aleuts during World War II.
Joy
May 13, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any mystery reader
Kate goes undercover as crew for a crabbing boat that has been losing crew in suspicious circumstances. It isn't just that the ship is so real that its fittings shoulder right up to you. It's not just that Kate and her shipmate Andy have a funny friendship of two very different personalities. It isn't even the Aleut women or the group of Russian fishermen or ... actually, I couldn't list all the great elements that make it high in adrenaline, slyly humorous, movingly reminiscent. It packs a punc ...more
Krishna Shah
Aug 23, 2010 Krishna Shah rated it really liked it
An excellent adventure in the Alaskan landscape. Our intrepid heroine finds herself on a shipping boat trying to find out why two young crew members disappeared without a trace during a routine "fishing" job.

The story was good and characters well developed. I like the way that Kate feels so human in how she thinks. The background about the aletus and WW II was great--I love history when it comes in the shape of stories of people who it impacted.

There was only one small thing that didn't make s
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Arizonagirl
Aug 07, 2014 Arizonagirl rated it really liked it
Kate Shugak series, book #3. Kate is working undercover on a fishing boat in the Aleutian Islands to discover what happened to two previous crew members that disappeared. Kate is cold, wet, and physically exhausted in the middle of the freezing water with shipmates that prefer she were dead. I was anxious for Kate the entire time she was at sea.
Kathy
Jack hires Kate to investigate 2 missing men from a crabbing boat in the Aluets... we get some history - of the Aluets, of Russian & Japanese interest, of WWII (and the displacement of Aluets), of the culture, of basketweaving, and the storyknife - and of the geography, and weather patterns, and of the mechanics and hard work of crabbing & its profitability...

Kate joins a crab boat with 5 total - 3 that were on the boat when the 2 men went missing, herself, and Andy, a 19 year old, new a
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Rog Harrison
Feb 24, 2015 Rog Harrison rated it liked it
I read the first two books and the fourth book so I thought I should give this one a go too. The author can write and much of the descriptive stuff is great (apparently much of this is based on her own experience on a crabbing boat) and Kate Shugak is an interesting main character but somehow the story does not amount to much.
Jennifer
Aug 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. This third book takes place away from the park, mainly on a boat. I was really drawn into the setting and found this book to be more suspenseful than the first two. Not much on Kate and Jack but there are many more books ahead for that story. My only complaint was that I finished it too quick.
Eadie
Dec 15, 2014 Eadie rated it really liked it
The book really captures the feeling of life in Alaska set aboard a fishing vessel in cold Alaskan waters. I find her books very interesting and I love the characters of Kate Shugak and dog, Mutt. This book was more of an adventure story with less mystery as usual. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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