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A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow
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Apr 04, 2010

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 well be the complexity of Kate's character that keeps readers/listeners coming back for more. As for those who "enter her sphere," well.....
In this, Stabenow's 17th novel to bring us PI Kate Shugak, the characters who cross her path (in addition to the love of her life Trooper Jim Chopin and her beloved Mutt who is half wolf half husky) are all affected by the Suulutaq Mine and the recently discovered large deposits of gold. The economic impact of this find is a bit more than Kate can relate to but finding a pickup with a suicide note in it but no driver is definitely up her alley. The sudden appearance of the supposed recently deceased complicates matters a bit, but leave it to Kate.
Along the way environmental questions re the gold mine are raised, and we are treated to sharp portraits of that sometimes incomprehensible state Alaska. Stabenow and her series just get better and better with time - would that all of us would age as well.
- Gail Cooke

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