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Dead In The Water (Kate Shugak #3)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  4,156 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
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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May 01, 2017 Luffy rated it did not like it
It had to happen, but it happened way too early. This book came at a terrible timing. My story is that I was hurting from forcing myself to read Moby Dick, a'right?

So I was rationing Moby Dick by reading the Kate Shugak series. What could go wrong? But the thing is Dead in The Water was so aptly named a book for a one star rating.

Plus I feel that the author was paying an homage to Herman Melville. On another day I might have given this book more credit but I can't! I can't.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Dead In The Water is the 3rd installment of the popular Kate Shugak Series by Dana Stabenow. And it's my favorite to date.

Shugak has allowed her former boss and part time lover talk her into finding out what happened to two crewmen on the Avilda crabbing vessel captained by the ne'er to well son in law of a major Board Diector of the vessel's parent company. Harry Gault isn't whom he's thought to be. Crabbing in the Bering Sea is hard work as well as dangerous. Kate has much to fear while she's
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.
In the third book featuring native Alaskan investigator, Kate Shugak, we find her working undercover as a crab fisherman aboard the fishing vessel Avilda. The skipper, Harry Gault, has reported that two men on the last voyage went ashore on Anua Island and never returned.

This is not written as a typical mystery since we already know Harry is the bad guy. I would describe it as more of a suspense novel, especially after Kate meets a young Aleutian native who is able to provide clues through stor
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

Jan 15, 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.
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
Jun 14, 2011 Dianne rated it it was amazing
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to work on a crabbing boat in Alaska and thought you might like to try it...this book will dissuade you of that notion right quick!

Kate is back and working another undercover case for the D.A.'s office. This time she is working on a crabbing boat trying to find out why two men have disappeared.

This book is filled with a great who and why did they do, it mystery, heart pounding excitement (learn what it is really like to be in the middle of the Aleu
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
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Mar 22, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Just when I made a joke to a friend (who is on book #16 of this series) about man, that's a lot of dead people for a small village, I pick up book #3, only to find that Kate has ventured out of Niniltna and out to the Aleutian Islands. I guess Ms. Stabenow isn't going to kill off every tenant of The Park after all!

Another quality mystery. Looking forward to the next.
Jan 14, 2014 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.
Barbara Kling
Aug 02, 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.
Sep 07, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
delighted I'm not a north pacific fisherman.
Feb 19, 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
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.

For me
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
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
Apr 26, 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
I wondered where Dana Stabenow would take the third of her Kate Shugak series to not continue killing off the community Kate lives in but she has very successfully taken this to the Aleutian Islands. Kate is once again working undercover for her lover, Jack, trying to determine what happened to two missing fisherman. The descriptions of fishing in Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands themselves and the interaction between the world of professional fishing and big business and the native Aleuts are f ...more
Mar 22, 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
Dana Stabenow's story gives us a close look at the arduous yet financially rewarding life of Alaskan fisherfolk with an appropriate dose of crime and suspense. It's the protagonist Kate Shugak that I'm beginning to have some problems with - brought to the fore probably by reading book nos 4 and 3 in succession. She's a gutsy, proud to be Aleut, investigator who's bluntness and reserve make it difficult to build close relationships. All this make her an interesting protagonist. However, in the bo ...more
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
Jun 14, 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
Feb 26, 2016 Kikifede rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non capisco perchè la gente si ostina a criticare questo libro per il titolo, non l'ha scelto la scrittrice, il titolo originale è "A fatal thaw", mettere la parola Csi è venuto dagli italiani che hanno pensato attirasse di più, di Csi non parla, non c'è nessuna scientifica, è solo una trovata pubblicitaria! La protagonista è una poliziotta che vive in Alaska, le verrà affidato il compito di indagare su una strage avvenuta nella cittadina vicina, perchè qualcuno servitosi della strage ne ha appr ...more
Richard Morris
Jul 10, 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
Krishna Shah
Aug 14, 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
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
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
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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