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So Sure Of Death (Liam Campbell #2)

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When the bodies of a local family are found adrift at sea, Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell is drawn straight into the heart of a family scandal involving adultery, tribal taboos, and forbidden romance.
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 22nd 2010 by Gere Donovan Press (first published 1999)
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Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was mired with too much detail, side stories and back stories. Which is a shame, because I liked the two main characters and the basic story was decent. A better editor could have tightened up this book and helped move it along.

I listened to the audio book and the narrator did a good job of differentiating between the voices and handling the accents.
Barbara ★
I don't think Liam Campbell has the same presence as Kate Shugak and I like her mysteries much better but this series is interesting too. My main draw to these books is scenic Alaska. I absolutely love how Dana Stabenow brings the reader to Alaska with her beautiful descriptions of this rugged place. I've always wanted to go to Alaska and these books bring me a little closer every time I read one.

Liam has more issues than Kate does though there are similarities between the stories. I really lik
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alaska mystery fans
Shelves: alaska-crime
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is book 2 of the Liam Campbell Alaska state trooper series. I read it in 4 days, an easy, satisfying read. Liam has two separate murder incidents. One is a multiple murder of 7 people and the other a single person. He must fly to these murder scenes, because his territory in bush Alaska is huge. He is terrified of flying, but he must do it everyday, sometimes more than once.

A subplot is his on/off romantic relationship with Wyanet Chouinard, who owns the sma
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the Liam Campbell books, they're light mysteries, easy to read. Couldn't get into Kate Shugak though. Enjoyed this one, learning more about Liam's relationship with his father. Liam's trials with flying and the rest of being in Bush Alaska are funny - in this one he keeps getting his uniforms wet and they have to be mailed out to be dry-cleaned, leaving him without a uniform. Also funny, his reactions to Bill and his new trooper. Wonder when he'll figure out what's up with the raven?
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this, the second installment in the Liam Campbell series, Alaska State Trooper Campbell is investigating the deaths of a family on their fishing boat and the death of an assistant to an archeologist. Liam is living on a sinking boat, his father comes for an unexpected visit, his relationship with Wy is not happening, and a new state trooper Dianna Prince is added to the character list. The humor with which Liam faces life and the good plot twists are always enjoyable.
Mike Finn
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alaska
A fun read with two murder mysteries, character insights and rapid action

I liked Liam Campbell a little better in this book than in the first. I think there is hope for his redemption after all. It was refreshing to see that the pain Liam and Wy caused through their affair is not glossed over and continues to have an impact on not just their behaviour but their sense of who they are. Meeting Liam's father helped round him out and the addition of another trooper to the post gave a more realistic
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in her Liam Campbell series. I really liked it. Ready to read the third one. Good mystery....the descriptions about Alaska are good. I think you have to be an adventurer to live in some of these parts of Alaska. I'd never want to be a bush pilot, but Wy is a good one. The romance in this book is a bit predictable, but okay. I just love reading mysteries. I like the ruggedness of the hero, Liam.
Lois Blanco
Murder of a family and murder of archaeolgy assistant...
Bruce Humbert
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in Series - good on its own...
relationships - Liam and his father... Liam and Wy... Wy and Liam... Wy and her adopted son

Liam's father is disappointed in his son... disappointed that he does share his love of flying (in fact Liam is terrified of flying), and that he did not join the Air Force... and Liam is slightly embarrassed by his father's penchant to seduce any and all women... and Liam's father is in town, at the nearby air force base..

Liam and Wy have not spoken for 3 months since their arguement where past hurts are
This novel is not truly a police procedural, even though the main character is an Alaska State Trooper. This novel is not truly a murder mystery, even though there are two murder scenes – the family and crew on a fishing vessel and the research assistant at an archeological dig site. This novel is not truly a romantic suspense, even though the relationship between Liam and Wy is on tenterhooks.

This novel is story about fathers and sons and the devastating effects that racism and conditional love
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Started out strong but then became bogged down. However, it is a picture into life in Alaska.
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Set in the southwest Alaska boondocks, the story follows Alaskan State Trooper Liam Campbell as he investigate two seemingly unrelated cases; First, he is faced with a local family of seven, their shot and burned bodies found aboard their scuttled fishing boat. The second case brings the murder of the assistant at an important archeological site, and it is believed to have been committed by a Yupik grave robber on a four-wheeler. Though he quickly has suspects in jail for each of the crimes, Lia ...more
Mary Davis
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Suspense readers
Recommended to Mary by: Series
Shelves: books-read-2012
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventures of Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell pick up again some three months after the events of Fire And Ice. Liam is finally getting settled into his new position when he gets two big cases: a family has been found dead on their fishing boat and an assistant has been murdered at a remote archeological dig. Liam's life is further complicated by the unannounced arrivals of an attractive new assistant trooper and Liam's father, who is on a special mission for the Air Force. As I have lear ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second helping of Liam Campbell, Alaska State Trooper who is assigned to an area of southwest Alaska. Two murder investigations fill Campbell’s plate. Fortunately this overburdened Trooper is given a colleague, Trooper Prince, a young woman pilot and Trooper rookie to help look into the death at the nearby archeological site and the ones that occur at sea. That other pilot, Wy, who has total possession of Campbell’s eye and interest, is prominent, too. The tension between Campbell and Wy is ...more
#2 in the Liam Campbell series.

Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, stationed in the southwest Alaska boondocks, has a lot on his plate: an eager new trooper, Diana Prince; a visit from his estranged father, an air force colonel on a suspicious mission; the reappearance of his great love, charter pilot Wyanet (Wy) Chouinard; and two very different cases rife with false clues. When an assistant at an important archeological site is murdered, evidence points to Frank Petla, a Yupik grave robber who
Perry Martin
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Liam Campbell series. We pick up right after the first book ends "Fire and Ice". This book is Narrated by Marguerite Gavin. The ability to voice each character, accents included, is done excellently.

It seems death and murder is an everyday occurrence in the Alaskan Bush. This time Trooper Campbell must solve the brutal murder of 8 people who were burned and left to the elements and the Ocean on a burned out boat left afloat on the water. Who would kill a family and
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these as I find these, and this is probably one of the last ones in the Stabenow Campbell series for me to find....Fortunately, she retells enough of the background of her characters so that you don't need to read them order exactly....or at least it's never bothered me.

Liam has his hands full with a dead body at an archaeological site and 7 bodies on a fishing boat, not to mention he has a new trooper fresh out of school to break in and oh gee by the way his dad is in town, and the woman
Deborah D.
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
SURPRISE - Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell went into work one morning and found a brand new, and newly arrived, Trooper asleep in his office. And that he has been promoted to Corporal.

His friends, the Ravens, are a continuing motif as they work two different homicides to near disastrous ends.
We meet Liam's father - an aging & self-interested senior officer in the Air Force...who has been assigned to the base nearby.
And Liam and Wy decide to try something a little different as they explor
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book and characters but felt some of the story line was incomplete. Like Wy's past? Also the ending seemed abrupt.
Deux meurtres, dont celui d'une famille entière retrouvée calcinée sur leur bateau de pêche, un nouveau trooper (nouvelle) pour assister Liam, son père de passage, sa relation avec Wy toujours calée au point silence et le corbeau omniprésent là où l'on trouve Liam...
Ce deuxième tome des aventures de l'Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell est bien plus "fini" que le premier et c'est tant mieux! On y retrouve également les thèmes de la vie en Alaska: origines et cultures variées, tradition, archéolo
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Liam Campbell series, like the others titled from the works of Robert Frost, deals with death in the forms of multiple murders and with a death that is, ironically, not "sure."

Some situations, such as the romance between Wy and Liam, the conflict between Liam and hnis father, and the magnificence and treasure that is the Alaskan wilderness continue from the first book.

So far, I like this series, and I will continue to read it for the time being.

This novel was a Kindle Pri
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Alaska State Trooper Campbell has quite a few problems...his job, his girlfriend, his father. All unfold during the book and all get solved except for the girl friend. It's a well put-together book that describes life in the Alaskan bush with a lot of whodunit police action. The listener can easily determine who's speaking--a goodly assembled production. The only unsolved mystery is the girl friend; I guess that the author needs to maintain some semblance of romantic thread for the next book, wh ...more
Douglas Cook
First sentences, "“Now, there is the sound of someone not flying his own plane.” “Shut up and breathe.” Wyanet Chouinard sank obediently into a modified Horse Stance as the float plane roared overhead. She was a grown woman, the owner and proprietor of her own air taxi service and the mother of a soon-to-be-adopted son. She didn’t have to take orders from anyone, but she would from this one old man."

Stabenow, Dana (2010-12-10). So Sure of Death (Liam Campbell #2) (p. 1). Gere Donovan Press. Kind
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Liam Campbell series, and I enjoyed it as much as the first. I also highly recommend Dana Stabenow's website and reader's guides to these books, because they added so much depth to the experience for me. I wouldn't have known that one of the main storylines was based on a true event if I hadn't been reading the guide. Dana also includes lots of links and pictures of the places and things she is writing about (aircraft, boats, etc). I appreciate how much research an ...more
Bonnie Irwin
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, Liam Campbell is now settled into his new life in Newenham, though he still does have a permanent residence and his relationship with Wy is still a work in progress. Two murderers, two brisk plots, and slices of Alaskan life that I have come to expect from Dana Stabenow, combine to make this a good read. Liam now knows all 64 steps of the Tai Chi form that Moses taught him, but he is by no means a master yet. Still the knowledge comes in handy for both him and Wy at unexpected mom ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple of the Kate Shugak stories & loved those so I thought I would try her Liam Campbell series & as soon as I finished the 1st I read the 2nd. H was just as good a read in this her 2nd novel for Liam Campbell. He is a stand up kinda guy even though he had made some bad choices in his life & knew he had been wrong. He is a strong main character & has alot of good qualities that the author brings out through out the book. I will follow this series also.
I enjoyed the second title very much especially since Liam and Wy are together. Loved Liam's anger issues where he exploded a few times. I am eager to begin book three and see where Dana takes this trooper, and his pilot into the next adventure. Always I feel so much smarter after reading one of Dana's titles as she delves into the state and its issues that I'm completely unaware about. Thanks for the history lessons and the education!
Lisa Wolf
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, alaska
I'm loving the Liam Campbell books almost (ALMOST) as much as the Kate Shugak series, and that's really saying something! Book #2 sucked me completely, and I know I'm not going to stop until I read the next two. Between the Alaska setting, interesting characters, and a terrific mystery to solve, this is a quick read that's hard to put down.
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