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A Cold-Blooded Business (Kate Shugak #4)

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Work hard, play hard. That's the credo on the oilfields of Alaska's North Slope, where harsh conditions and long, isolated shifts make for some of the best-paid jobs in the state. Management typically turns a blind eye to off-hours drinking and gambling, but a spate of drug-related deaths means it's time for Royal Petroleum to get its house in order. Working on behalf of t ...more
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really enjoyable case solved with Kate. this time she goes way out and up in to the pipeline and works for the company that her whole being hates. Amazing scenery and revelations.
She is such a fantastic character. Strong, independent, a happy loner and never cowers who she is. I love her and can't wait for the next book.
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After one too many drug-related deaths at the site, former DA Investigator Kate Shugak is asked to go undercover to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to find out who is dealing drugs.

I had read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and I was not impressed, but I’m glad I gave the series another chance. I like that Shugak is a strong woman, smart, resourceful, dedicated, committed and independent. I also like her strong sense of integrity – her
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I love Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak Series. Shugak is not only beautiful, she's one tough smart cookie. And she'll need all of her wits on this case.

Work hard, play hard. The men (and a few women) on the Slope, just above the Arctic Circle adhere to that motto. But a series of drug overdoses and a drug related death have FINALLY caught the attention of John King. He wants the drugs gone - yesterday. RPetCo Chief of Security Childress thinks he can handle sniffing the dealers out on his own. Sure
This is one of the more interesting Kate Shugak novel, not so much for the mystery aspect, although it WAS a good mystery. The mystery seemed to take a backseat to the history of the pipeline and what these people that work there go through during their time there.

What made this a good read for me, was learning just what working an Alaskan pipe line is like. What it does and doesn't do to our environment, how it has potential (as we have seen) to cause huge problems...but if this book is written
This is the fourth book in a series featuring Aleut investigator Kate Shugak. In this one, Kate goes undercover on Alaska's North Slope oil pipeline to find out who's been running drugs. Kate finds out soon enough that this is not going to be an easy job.

She soon discovers that pipeline workers have some incredible luxuries. Employees are provided with gourmet meals, steak twice a week and prime rib on Sunday, a fabulous pool, sauna, and a state of the art gym. Traditionally a loner, she soon s
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery reader
Kate is working on the Alaska Pipeline. She's a bus driver on the face of it, but is really looking for the source of a major cocaine distribution among the workers: workers who are bright, riotous, rich, and thoroughly entertaining. There's a description of a turtle race that had me rolling with laughter. For Kate, disposed to hate the Pipeline because of its wake of destruction, the workers she spends time with give the Pipeline a face, and Kate develops a new viewpoint. Even being nearly kill ...more
Pamela Mclaren
Kate Shugak leaves her homestead and takes a job working for an oil company — tracking down who is bringing in and seeing illicit drugs that have caused damage and killed one of the workers. And she knows too many of the people there -- will they tell others about her background as an investigator with the Anchorage DA office. Events happen quickly and soon Kate may be over her head and the price may be her life.

Good solid story and great characters. Another winner from Dana Stabenow who is sure
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is another great installment in the series about investigator Kate Shugak. I've enjoyed each book so far, and this one did not disappoint. Alaska is such a wonderful place for a set of stories - there seems to be no end of trouble a person can get into. In this story, Kate is talked into investigating the growing problem of drug use at a huge oil pumping facility on the Bering Sea. She has very strong negative feelings about the oil companies, as a Native Aleut who cares about the envi ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a return to form, thrice welcome, that I celebrate. I didn't lose faith in this series. After the previous book got one star, I kept my faith and my peace and waited while reading this book - what will happen?

How will I review the book? How will I understand the geopolitics of the book? How will I cope with references that I don't understand?

Despite such lapses in memory, concentration, and understanding, I made amends with this series. I'm very optimistic about what is going to be a great
Barbara Kling
I love this series! I've binge - read 4 and I'm on to 5 now! I can't let go of Aleut Kate Shugak and Mutt! Can't get enough of the beauty of the Alaskan bush. My Mom read loads of books on pioneer women and we used to joke it was because she was one in another life and wanted to relive it as often as possible. Maybe I was an Aleut or Yu'pik or Inupiaq. Maybe I carved vivid images of otters out of ivory or used a story knife....I love mysteries, too, so that's another and some think, the main rea ...more
Barbara ★
My fascination with Alaska keeps me reading this series. I just love Ms. Stabenow's descriptive prose. Heck it's almost like being there. In this adventure, Kate is hired to ferret out who is dealing drugs at the oil pipeline up near the Artic Ocean. I'm not sure the details of pipeline production were accurate or not but it was definitely interesting and I always like reading about the Eskimo culture as well. This one was light on the investigating but Kate sure had a good time up there.
Rog Harrison
This was different from the first two books in the series (I have not read the third book) as the story is set further north and there is a lot of humour. The descriptions are fascinating and according to the author's afterword many of the events described are based on the author's experiences. Unfortunately the story is pretty thin and does not quite make sense.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
disjointed story. I was really befuddled with how it seemed to take half the novel for her to actually get into the investigation. Once she did, it felt like she wasn't investigating as much as being handed things on a platter. The twists didn't even feel like much of a reveal.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a strange sort of mystery where any actual investigation didn't seem to occur until three quarters of the way through the book. Far too much description of pipelines and information that was often difficult to understand. Could have been really good but wasn't.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this for the way it opens up life in an oil company in Alaska - so many more different types of jobs than I imagined! This is the first I've read in the series, and I loved Kate Shugak as a character, too. The mystery was OK but less central.
Peter Tillman
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites in the series, set in the North Slope oilfields. Stabenow spent 6 years working on the Slope and it shows. Kate's new boss Toni is evicting a couple of entrepreneurs from the camp:

'After a moment the door cracked. A large, round blue eye peered out. It encountered Toni and paused. There was a long sigh, and the door opened further, to expose a six-foot platinum blonde in a minuscule leather cowboy vest... There was a lot more breast than there was vest. Kate sternly
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great entry in a wonderful mystery series.

Kate is an Aleut living in the wilds of Alaska. Due to her background as an investigator for the Anchorage DA's office she is often called in for difficult or private matters. In this book she is hired to go undercover on The Slope to figure out who is dealing drugs to the few hundred workers pulling up crude oil North of the Arctic circle.

This book is like a little glimpse into a totally different world and culture that takes place on a crude
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Winner for Aleut Alaskan private investigator Kate Shugak. I will be buying #5 forthwith and soon will be wrapped up in the next one! The native American themes are fascinating and I learn so much from that aspect of these stories. A decent mystery and a grand story....I loved it. It was also a fast read, actually too fast. Why do the Shugak books end at about 85%?? I would love to see the novels be a bit longer. But this one had a wonderful ending, and I look forward to seeing more of K ...more
Kate Shugak once worked for the DA but is now developing a career as a PI instead. Her ex boss and current lover, Jack, gets her a job finding out who is dealing cocaine on the Prudhoe Bay oilfield. Oil and how it is extracted is a very contraversial subject in Alaska and Kate is quite ambivalent about the job. She gets surprisingly engaged by both the site and the people and so do we. Ms Stabenow is is brilliant at descriptive imagery and I know I am not the only one to both fall in love with A ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The series is starting to fall into a rut of Kate goes undercover, enjoys herself, makes a friend, thinks about all the money she is making, does a little investigating in the side until the killer suddenly reveals themselves by trying to kill her, the end.
Tessa in Mid-Michigan
Not her best as far as plotting, but really funny at the beginning. Nice glimpse of the lives and work on the North Slope.
Ben Twoonezero
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ruth Gilbert
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great. If you want to know about oil in Alaska and read a great thriller, it's for you.
Cette fois-ci, Kate Shugak part travailler pour l'antéchrist, selon sa grand-mère: THE compagnie pétrolière.
La station d'extraction de Prudhoe Bay, sur la côte nord de l'Alaska et bien au-delà du cercle polaire arctique, semble abriter un gros trafic de cocaïne qui vient de faire une victime... et bien sûr, on leur recommande d'embaucher Kate, incognito.
Je ne chanterai jamais assez les louanges de Dana Stabenow et de l'apparente facilité avec laquelle elle incorpore des éléments essentiels de l'
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Kate Shugak's fourth investigation sees her being hired by one of the major oil companies. She's to pose as a bus driver/worker up at the oil field, way,way up north, whilst investigating who is bringing the cocaine to the oil field. Because drugged up employees are causing accidents, and one has now died. Will she solve it? Of course she will, she's Kate Shugak.

Mystery aside, this book is fascinating for yet another aspect of Alaskan life. As you read in Stabenow's afterword, she herself did ac
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book in the series so far. John King, CEO of Royal Petroleum Company (RPetCo) hires former Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak to find out who is smuggling cocaine and distributing it among the workers at Base Camp on Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Kate takes the job despite reservations and knowing her grandmother will be furious. She and her village are still reeling from a massive oil spill on Prince William Sound near Anchorage that wiped out most of the wildlife.

She leaves her
Theresa Materazzi
Kate is an amazing heroine. Tough as nails but a good hearted person too. This series is hard to stop and take a break from. On to the next!
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, the best books are those who tell a great story in a place or time that is unfamiliar to me. If the story is told well then I come away with new insights or knowledge. This is what keeps me coming back to the Kate Shugak books. Ms. Stabenow takes me places I've never been and makes it interesting and illuminating.

This story is set on the "Slope" in Alaska above the Arctic circle where they are drilling for oil. I've never been to Alaska and all that I know of the process of driling for o
Kirsty Darbyshire

I'm up to the fourth installment in the Kate Shugak series; in this episode Kate is working undercover on the Trans-Alaska pipeline way north of the Arctic Circle, she's trying to discover who is importing and dealing cocaine on the oil companies property.

These books are a really quick easy read, this one only comes in at just over 200 pages in paperback, but they've got far more substance to them than many thicker tomes have and I'm really surprised how much interesting stuff is packed between

Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Kate Shugak series.

Alaska PI Kate Shugak series - Kate Shugak is a native Aleut who is building a solid reputation as a tough freelance investigator. Although Kate has no love for the oil companies drilling in Alaska, she accepts a commission from Royal Petroleum Co. to find out who is bringing drugs into the Prudhoe Bay work site where there have been several overdoses and one death. Over the objections of RPetCo's security chief, Lou Childress, Kate goes in as an employee, getting a
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