A Night Too Dark (Kate Shugak, #17)
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A Night Too Dark (Kate Shugak #17)

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In Alaska, somebody disappears every day. Hunters who head into the wilderness… Fishermen who brave the great rivers…Tourists who attempt to do both. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak’s Park, people have been falling off the grid quite a bit lately. And as she and state trooper Jim Chopin are about to realize, it’s got something to do with the recent discovery of the world’s...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Ann
I have enjoyed Alaska in this series through Kate Shugak's eyes, through Jack's eyes, Jim Chopin's eyes, the aunties, Johnny's, Old Sam's eyes, and each person's story and perspective is unique as interpreted through Dana Stabenow's eyes and heart.
This book, even more than some of the others, resonates with a love of the place and history and the inhabitants, human and otherwise that enriches and tears at your heart and soul. When is change the right thing, when is progress too much and too cos...more
Laurie
Writing that's both perfectly burnished yet smoothly casual, Stabenow has such a great voice--the reader seems to be seated on Kate Shugak's shoulder listening to her inner thoughts. And man oh man, I feel that I know precisely how it feels to be charged by a large, angry bear. Wow!
Ed
#17 in the Kate Shugak series. Native Alaskan P.I. Shugak brings a change of pace to the line-up of fictional P.I.s. In addition to the characters of her extended family in the Alaskan bush, there is also the atmosphere of Alaska itself. All of the entries are enjoyable.

Kate Shugak series - As a controversial gold mine prepares to open in the Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge, an employee leaves a suicide note and dis-appears into the wilderness. When a search party finds bear-eaten human remains, the body...more
Janice
Kate Shugak is surprised by how many people are selling out now that the Suulutaq Mine is in town. Even some of her nearest and dearest. As head of the board, she can't just get rid of them, especially when it means jobs for locals, taxes to pay for some amenities, but she doesn't have to like it.

When a body is found and no locals are missing, it can only mean someone from the mine. As she begins to investigate, she finds that several go missing from the mine after every payroll. When the dead...more
Gail Cooke


AudioFile magazine describes Marguerite Gavin's voice as "sonorous..., rich and full of emotion.... She easily delivers wry humor [and:] moves smoothly from accent to accent without hesitation, recalling multiple characters perfectly." Quite right. Her narration of A NIGHT TOO DARK is low key yet compelling as she returns to deliver another Kate Shugak thriller. Booklist writes "Gavin does justice to the complex character of Kate and those who enter her sphere...." So apropos because it may wel...more
Dianne
A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow

Things in the Park are changing, and not always necessarily for the better. Gold in huge quantities has been found as we know from the book,”Whisper to the Blood” I just don’t think anyone knew or ever will know exactly how huge a discovery this is. However, for now it’s enough.

Now people are missing, disappearing but that’s not to say that people don’t go missing from Alaska every day. We know from our reading that this happens more than some Alaskans would like...more
Norma Huss
Dana Stabenow respects her readers. She expects them to "get it" and to bring a bit of knowledge to the read. It took me a while to catch up since this is the first Kate Shugak book I've read. But I ended up dog-earing pages I wanted to return to. Dana's language is earthy, true, and often struck a cord with me. Her characters are earthy, true, and all too human. Her plot could not be set anywhere but Alaska, as the setting is an integral part of the story. None of her words are wasted. Each one...more
Cynthia Armistead
I've been somewhat uncomfortable with this series since Hunter's Moon, but Stabenow has brought me all the way back into the fold now. Obviously I wasn't too far gone, as I'm still reading the series at book 17 (HM was book 9, I believe?) but Kate finally feels happy again, and that's important to me when I'm reading a series.

The mystery really was a mystery, too. There was no obvious answer, no telegraphing of the villain, motive or means. Stabenow kept me guessing, without making me feel cheat...more
Marlène
Un excellent 17ème tome des aventures de Kate Shugak. Le développement de la mine d'or se poursuit, toujours à la phase d'exploration mais se précisant de plus en plus clairement.
Un arrière plan complexe pour une intrigue à multiples entrées: Exploitation des ressources à profit commercial, protection des intérêts des habitants du Park, protection environnementale, développement pas forcément positif de région et un mode de vie très particulier, et une certaine nostalgie, déjà, avant même que to...more
Viccy
Kate Shugak 17th adventure in Alaska is another nail-biter. It's easy to disappear in Alaska, just walk into the wilderness and nature will take care of the remains. However, if you want to remain dead, you better hope Kate Shugak is not on the case. Kate's Uncle Sam finds a dismembered body, obviously a victim of a bear attack. She traces the body back to a missing worker at the new Suulutaq gold mine and thinks she has solved the case. But a month later, a deranged person crashes out of the wi...more
Jacqueline Rhoades
Reading a Kate Shugak mystery is like going back home to check in with old friends. Dana Stabenow's characters come alive under her literate and beguiling prose. Each book of the series s a stand-alone, but should be read in order since they follow the progression of Kate's life with its real world ups and downs. As in real life, newcomers arrive and not all are welcome and old friends leave to be mourned and missed. While not always essential to the plot, these comings and goings are what lends...more
LJ
First Sentence: Gold.

Mining has come to Kate’s corner of Alaska and changing her world forever. But death is still there. A truck is found with an apparent suicide note. What remains of a body is later found and identified as one of the workers from the Suulutaq Mine. When the man thought dead walks into Kate’s yard, they find someone disappeared at the same time and uncover a case of corporate espionage. But the death of a much-liked mine office worker has Kate determined to find out what is g...more
Deb
The new gold mine is definitely changing Kate Shugak's beloved park, and not necessarily for the best. As chairperson of the tribal organization, Kate tries to steer a middle ground between what she personally would like, and what she knows is good for the people. But it's hard when the givens of her life are changing: the Aunties are cashing in to the gold mine, George's air service is turning into a branch of Alaska air. Some things remain the same however. Death comes easily in the park when...more
Samantha
I have long been a fan of the Kate Shugak series, and this installment did not disappoint. The Suulutaq Mine is still a thorn in Kate's side even though it is nowhere near operational. As chair of the Niniltna Native Association, it is Kate's job to look out for the best interest of the Park Rats, but all around her they are disappearing, selling out, or pairing up with workers from the mine. Kate's world is changing and she doesn't like it. Some things are the same, however, like the dead bodie...more
Linda
I had great fun reading this. The opening scene is priceless, a barroom brawl with Kate and Holly Haynes kicking serious ass. Also, the politics of progress vs. conservation in Alaska are presented in a nuanced way that doesn't overwhelm the mystery.

A couple of the plot points were a bit weak- suicides do not type or print their notes! And there are a couple egregious errors that one would hope an editor would catch:
1) clothing does not infer money spent, though it might imply money spent
2) cro...more
Joy
If Kate is internally divided about the proposed mine in the park, with its resources no one has yet found an end to, it's to be expected that Park rats as a whole are divided about it. The turnover of mine employees is so high that it's hard to tell many how many have died. It seems somehow to involve the attempts of other companies to get their hands on the mine.

Everything in the Park seems to be changing, and Kate hates it. But she is Chairman of the Niniltna Native Association, and she can s...more
B. Morrison
With the power out all week thanks to Hurricane Irene, I’ve had many nights that were too dark recently. This 17th novel in the Kate Shugak series starts when a pickup truck is discovered on a rarely traveled road in Alaska with a suicide note taped to the steering wheel. It could have been there an hour or over a month, so a search is organized for the missing driver. Kate, a private investigator in the small town of Niniltna, is drafted by the short-handed police force to conduct the search, b...more
Sarah
Another great character study from Stabenow. I love the look into this unique community, and as a victim - I mean attender of many not-for-profit board meetings, the description of Kate chairing a meeting was worth the book on it's own. You almost don't need the mystery, it's so entertaining. Nice distraction read.
Mindy
Conspiracies and too many villains make for a twisty mystery. My favorite part is when Kate leads a group to recover a body most likely eaten by a bear and out of the bush comes Old Sam, he just happened to be in the neighborhood translated moose hunting out of season. He is lingering after the body retrieval and Kate just wants to get out of there and then comes the crashing through the bushes of an extremely big bear not appreciative of them messing with his meal. I love when Kate has to sight...more
Arizonagirl
Kate Shugak #17. Gold is discovered in the park's backyard and the opening of a large gold mine has made people tense--tense enough to commit murder.
Kathy
This is my first Dana Stabenow book. I enjoyed her descriptive portrayal of Alaska, and her many characters are full of local color. I am sure that if I continue to follow her "Kate Shugak" series that these characters will take on even more life. I also enjoyed moments of good sharp dialogue that felt authentic. On the negative side I felt that there were too many details about the mine operation, that the native association board meeting was dragged on too long, and that there were a few trans...more
Miranda
Nice easy read. An escape to the park lands of Alaska and crazy corruption which is probably more fact than fiction.
Eliana
Apr 04, 2014 Eliana added it
Kate Shugak! The quintessential female heroine! Great mystery plots on the res in Alaska.
Phoebe
The opening of the Suulutaq Mine is changing a lot of things about the Park, and Kate struggles with her own biases even as she sees the benefit of jobs and money. The mystery du jour involves a chewed-up corpse found in a grizzly bear cache, that Kate and Jim trace back to a mine employee, but as usual, they turn up a whole lot more. Less gripping than some of the Kate Shugak books, but Stabenow's lively, funny, often irreverent storytelling is always a treat, and this far into the game, one re...more
Joan Colby
This latest in the Kate Shugak mystery series is not up to Stabenow’s best. The topic is industrial espionage and as always, Stabenow presents a lot of well-researched information. Readers need to read these books in sequence,unlike many series, as a lot of the characters reoccur from book to book. Speaking of characters, Stabenow populates this book with way too many. One of her strengths has been the inclusion of entertaining vignettes of the Alaskan Park rats; but over time these have become...more
Monty
Another great story. I will next read Though Not Dead, #18 in the series.
Lynda
Just as good as all the others in the series and leaving you wanting the next one to tie up the loose ends. Have downloaded it but will put off my gratification by squeezing a different book in between!
Carynb Babstock
Another enjoyable novel by Dana Stabenow.

The mystery kept me involved, and the few laugh out loud moments (the riot at the Candy Store alone is worth the price of the book) are nicely balanced with the rest of the story. I didn't figure out the actually final whodunnit before Kate did, which is a plus (although that may speak more to my obliviousness than anything else)

The struggle between resource mining and environmental preservation is real, and Kate's ambivalence to the whole thing - jobs fo...more
Rick Brick
Okay but somewhat disappointing in terms of storyline and ending.
Vilo
You know that I don't usually start with the first mystery in a series but this is #17! It didn't make any difference, though. I am sure that some things referred to other books but this book stands on its own. Kate Shugak is Native Alaskan and ends up solving mysteries. If you were a Northern Exposure fan, this is an Alaska you may recognize but it is not played for laughs. Interesting and wholly believable characters abound and a Native can be redhead and fair (although Kate is dark). The myst...more
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Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere.
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