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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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Barbara ★
I liked this one but didn't love it. No Johnny in it at all. :( Though lots of sex between Jim and Kate since Johnny was out of the way. The Suulutaq Mine has radically changed the dynamics of the Park and will continue to do so for many, many years to come. Rebel-rousing, excessive drinking, skirt chasing and even murder keep Jim and Kate hopping. It wouldn't surprise me to see Jim getting some kind of assistant and/or staff at some point to handle to overflow. Hmm Niniltna is heading into the ...more
Betty
Nov 10, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
I feel this book is one of Stabenow best. The park is starting to changes due the the start of the mine. Money is coming into the park in droves. The demand for cell phone service is growing. There are some really funny scenes as we learned more about the park rats.As chair of the NIA Kate is busy with its affairs. Father Smith finds a car park in his driveway with note saying the driver is going to end his life. The body has been eaten by a grizzly bear so there is not much to identify it. The ...more
Laurie
Mar 02, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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!
Kelly ...
Jun 26, 2016 Kelly ... rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I keep returning to these books despite the fact that they are up and down in quality and at times I have been completely disappointed. Why? Because I love the premise. I love the small group of characters who live in the park featured in the series. Old Sam, the Aunties, Jim, Johnny, Dinah, Katya and especially Bobby. These characters are unique, funny, stubborn, loyal, mysterious and intriguing. I also love the setting. Alaska has its own life and stands as its own character... and the books i ...more
Magpie67
Dana never fails to bring an interesting topic from her home state and create a fascinating story while weaving a continuous love for her characters. I love them all, I want to visit this beautiful state each time I read another book in the series. I love the rich history that Dana brings to her novels and I appreciate the culture of a native Alaskan so much more. This story was about gold and a company coming into the fold after buying out the mine rights. It's bringing jobs to the locals and c ...more
Ann
May 01, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010, audio-2010
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
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Loretta
Dec 16, 2014 Loretta rated it really liked it
This is one of a continuing series, and I can't remember if I have read any of the previous entries. I listened to the audio version downloaded from my state library system. The reader was very good. The plot was fully fleshed out, without the cultural details bogging it down.
There was a lot of interesting information about native life in Alaska and the collision of commercial progress with the desire to preserve the natural beauty of the state. Kate Shugak is now a private investigator and a m
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Ed
Jun 30, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#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
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Janice
Feb 12, 2014 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
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Deborah Darsie
Kate Shugak discovers how her role as NNA Chairman is making people feel envious, targeting her for bribes and various other 'fun' things.

Chopper Jim has to address some crimes in the 'greater' Ninilta part of the Park. So he delegated Kate to investigate a missing person near an abandoned pickup truck with an apparent suicide note.
Leading to an investigation of the personnel of the Gold Mine...and a couple more deaths.
The discovery of a bigamist on staff who just 'loves them all' and doesn't wa
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annapi
Jan 31, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
It's great to be back in Alaska with Kate Shugak! But the face of her Alaska is changing as gold is found in the hills, and the mining company's presence causes business to boom. But the work is hard and the turnover of employees constant, as the missing worker who leaves a suicide note in his truck shows. When a bear-chewed body is found in the woods it is assumed to be the missing man, but things turn out to be more complicated than expected as Kate's investigation unearths corporate espionage ...more
Sherry
Apr 29, 2016 Sherry added it
Once again, picked a book from the library based on the title and the description and once again found that I was into a book in a long running series. The main character is a private investigator that is a Native of Alaska. It was an interesting book, filled with murder, grizzly bears, moose and content you would expect in Alaska. I gather from reading reviews by others who have read most or all of this series that it was an "upbeat" book compared to previous stories. I may have to read another ...more
Krista
This wasn't one of my favorite Kate Shugak books by Dana Stabenow. For me it focused too much on the new gold mine, and was bit long on the potential environmental impacts of said mine. Don't get me wrong, I'd be against the mine in the pristine environs of the 'Park' too -- but I just don't like it quite so much in my murder mysteries.

Kate an Jim have their hands full with this murder, or was it suicide? There are lots of twists and turns, and the mystery did keep be reading on. At this point,
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Mike Finn
Jul 18, 2016 Mike Finn rated it really liked it
Despite the gloomy title, this is an up-beat Kate Shugak novel and nothing lifts my spirit more than being around Kate Shugak when things are going well.

Of course, up-beat is a relative term. This is a Kate Shugak novel so, although the book is filled with the intense sunshine of humour, love, sexual attraction, practical compassion, moral courage and physical bravery, it is still loomed over by deaths, murders, political intrigue and the impossibility of being able to save everyone.

Dana Stabeno
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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
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Dianne
May 31, 2016 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-2016
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
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Norma Huss
Oct 01, 2011 Norma Huss rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
Cyn Armistead
Jun 01, 2010 Cyn Armistead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Viccy
May 31, 2010 Viccy rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Feb 12, 2013 Jacqueline Rhoades rated it really liked it
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
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Kem
Sep 28, 2015 Kem rated it really liked it
Another good one. I enjoyed the occasional bits of humor. The plot was not easy to pin down but Kate put it together. The end was very sad as a member of Kate's close Park Rat group died. Missed Johnny's presence in this one. Very clear picture of life in Alaska. It's not a walk in the park. The personalities in the communities are as varied as here in the lower states' communities. Kate is doing her best to be more diplomatic. I like her edgy.
Kent
Apr 06, 2015 Kent rated it really liked it
Love me a good murder mystery, and Dana Stabenow doesn’t disappoint! I enjoy her style of writing, and how she develops the characters in her stories, plus, I learn a lot about the native Alaskans, their tribal ways, and their ancient ways of doing things, even if I have a hard time pronouncing all of the names. Each book in the Kate Shugak series can be read a s a ‘stand-alone’ novel, but it can also be advantageous to read them in sequence. a enjoyable read.
Deb
Mar 13, 2011 Deb rated it liked it
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
Apr 04, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
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Joy
Mar 01, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
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
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Jan
Apr 07, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it
Good twists and turns with the real problems of modern society (a gold mine development) encroaching on the traditional lifestyles of the native Alaskans. Is the change good? How much will the changes change society? What will be the fall-out problems of those changes? And, Kate cannot ignore these questions now that she is President of the Niniltna Native Association. Mutt doesn't change though!
Clare O'Beara
Nov 16, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-crime
Changes come to the Alaskan Park as a gold mine starts pouring in money and people.
This book really assumes previous knowledge of the series and many offbeat characters. The device of anchoring chapters around feast days such as Fourth of July and other American days is used to show time passing in a busy summer. I really do not see how the title fits as all takes place by day. The only possible reason for it is that one character is claimed to have been depressed.

There is a good look around a
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