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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, 201 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 3 of 5 stars
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
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Mike Finn
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
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
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
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
Ed
#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
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 Liffen
delighted I'm not a north pacific fisherman.
Randy Daugherty
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
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
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
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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Joy
May 13, 2009 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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Cathy Savage
This is book 3 in the Kate Shugak series. I was not able to get it until after I had read some of the later books in the series. I find that I prefer to read them in order as some regular characters do get killed off, which I don't like knowing ahead of time. Read this one the same day I picked it up from the library - so fast read. Great story.
Arizonagirl
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
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
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
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.
Kristen
So far, this installment is a little more far-fetched, and at times I haven't liked Kate very much. Good story, though, and the fishing scenes and descriptions are crazy realistic and very intense.

Welllll, I don't know how I ultimately feel about this book. In some respects, it was very good. In others, not so much. 4 solid stars and I'm movin on to the next installment.
Jen
Borrowed this from Lendle.com. Third one in the series. I've read some later ones but thought I might read them from the beginning. The Kate Shugak mystery books are interesting regarding life in Alaska. Kate Shugak, an Alaskan Aleut Indian is a former investigator for the Anchorage DA. She now lives on a homestead in a national Park in Alaska. She ends up reluctantly working on and getting involved in murder mysteries that happen around her area. She has a half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. ...more
Erin
Kate Shugak signs on for the latest installment of Deadliest Catch. Of course, this is a mystery novel, so that kind of ends up being a pun...

Anyway, really liked this one. I had been wondering how the dozen plus books for this series was going to work if they were all park residents. With at least one person murdered and one arrested for murder in each book, the Park would seemingly be a ghost-town by the end of book twelve. But Kate gets out of the Park in this one; and seems rather light-hear
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Lisa
This book is the third installment in Ms. Stabenow's Kate Shugak series and is a great addition to the series. Long before Alaskan crab fishing became a staple of reality television Ms. Stabenow set this mystery on the Avilda, a crabbing ship with a crew that may or may not be covering up the real circumstances of their shipmates' disappearance. I especially like the character of Andy, who symbolizes all the wonder and silliness of those young people who go to Alaska with all kinds of preconceiv ...more
lynn
The 3rd book in this series. Kate is on a crab fishing boat while conducting her latest investigation. I enjoyed how much she was able to draw upon the history of the Aleuts while arriving at the solution to this latest mystery.
Mindy
Kate Shugak is a super hero in anyones book--she is investigating the disappearance and possible deaths of two men who were working a crab boat. Of course Jack (Assistant distict attorney) needs Kate to work under cover on the boat to find out what is going wrong. I am finding that Kate can do most anything physical pretty competently. She hauls crab cages on board, sorts crab, sets bait and hauls cages back out--it was like watching "most dangerous catch". An unwitting companion, Andy, is all t ...more
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