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Fire and Ice

(Liam Campbell #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,219 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Newenham, Alaska, is a long way from the big-city comforts of Anchorage, where Sergeant Liam Campbell was an up-and-coming state trooper with everything going his way. But that was before his life unraveled. Transferred in disgrace to this rough-and-tumble fishing town on the shores of Bristol Bay, Liam knows Newenham is the end of the line. It's also his last shot at gett ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Signet (first published 1998)
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I don't know why I'm such a sucker for Alaska books. As soon as I see the words Alaska, cold, remote or mountains, I'm in a trance.

It would have been so much better if the hero (view spoiler)

The writing didn't work for me either. The plot was boring.

Funny thing, I'm not sorry I read it. Because Alaska. And a
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not thriller or mystery book.

Sex, romance book. Murder or thrill just very little part of it. Real thrill writers just touch little for the romance or sex, not pages full of graphic description. Couldn't finish it.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Interesting characters and plot. The author’s books always teach me something new with detail and without being tedious. I think I’ll give the second book in this series a chance.
Lewis Weinstein
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
My 1* to 5***** standard is different for crime & thrillers than it is for other categories. This is a terrific quick read crime story. The characters - primary and support - are all interesting, and those who are still alive will presumably be developed further in subsequent books in this series.

I went back to my review of Stabenow's A Cold Day For Murder, of which I was quite critical (2**) ... Here's what I said about that book ... "After a long period of introducing characters and the Alaska
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is a newer series from Dana Stabenow. Her Kate Shugak series has been very successful. This one is about Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's life is a mess after he ends a love affair and decides to make a better go at life with his wife, Jenny, and their little son only to have them taken from him in a drunk-driving accident. His son is killed instantly and Jenny is left in a vegetative state, sustained by life support.

Liam has pretty much checked out of life when more tragedy srike
I read the first Kate Shugak book by this author and loved it. This was a later novel following Liam Campbell, an Alaskan State Trooper but I really didn't enjoy it half as much.

The book was only 264 pages so I finished it because it was so short but to be honest the real story was so short that most of the pages seemed to just be filler and I skim read a good number of them - and didn't lose any of the story.

At the end, everything conveniently tied itself up. So much so, that there was no real
This is a very good, well-written mystery/suspense. It's about an Alaskan State Trooper sent to a remote posting due to a department screw-up that happened under his watch. As the novel proceeds we learn Liam's back story along with the his present, rather sticky, situation. The novel isn't primarily a romance, it's a mystery novel, but the romantic element is an important part of the story. Don't look for a romantic HEA at the end of this novel. The story seems to be ongoing and the reader has ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I know people don't expect a lot when they buy a $0.99 e-book, but Dana Stabenow isn't exactly an unknown author. Getting this treasure for a mere $0.99 is just proof that it does pay to spend the time to go through the "cheap e-book" lists at Amazon and B&N to find books like this. My heartfelt thanks to the author for making it available for such a great price. I've never read this author's books and probably wouldn't have gotten around to reading any of her books if I hadn't stumbled across t ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was another free download from iBooks, and it was a refreshing change. Most of the books I've downloaded because they were free have been crap; this one was most definitely not crap.

It took me awhile to get into the characters. I wasn't sure that I liked Trooper Liam Campbell, but by the end I was rooting for him. There are the usual suspects for a small town murder mystery. The fire and brimstone preacher and his meek and submissive wife; the town flirt; the beautiful yet damaged girl; the
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Engaging mystery novel which begins Stabenow's Liam Campbell series (and available for only 99 cents as an eread!) Although I wasn't sure any new character could lure me away from Kate Shugak, Stabenow sets up Liam, his love interest Wy, and his new post after disgrace and demotion (for three days he can't even iron his one wrinkled uniform, much less find a house to rent in small-town Alaska). Stabenow's characters seem unusually unlucky to have so many good friends involved in murder mysteries ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I have never fantasized about living in Alaska, maybe a visit but not to live. But Liam Campbell is give an demotion from Sargent to Trooper, and sent to a coastal town in the south west part of Alaska. As soon as he lands in this desolate frozen town he's immediately thrown into a murder mystery. It takes him nearly 4 days to get his personal stuff organized, he doesn't even have a chance to get his wrinkled uniform cleaned and pressed...cause that matters?
Anyway it is a good mystery, oh yeah t
Barth Siemens
This was novel had a good plot and the characters were a little interesting. I deducted a star because I tired of reading that this character or another was noticing another round, full breast with poky nipples instead of advancing the story. There weren't explicit sex scenes or profane language. It was just, "Meh." ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Too much drama loaded details are packed into one story. I'll probably continue reading the series at some point but not eager to dive into it right away.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Looking back at the book blurb for Fire And Ice (Liam Campbell #1) by Dana Stabenow, I now realize this was a perfect summary of the book.:

“Transferred in disgrace to this rough-and-tumble fishing town on the shores of Bristol Bay, Liam knows Newenham is the end of the line. It's also his last shot at getting his life back.. He's about to come in for a very rough landing. Stepping onto the airstrip at Newenham, Liam walks into a crime scene: a body torn apart by the propeller of a Piper Supe
Pam Smith
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
A bit lightweight in substance. Very much of an introduction to the rest of the series but not very well done I'm afraid. It was part romance, part murder/mystery and there was so much back story that was irrelevant to the plot of this book that the whole thing just came across as a bit of a mish mash of nothingness.

The main protagonist, Liam Campbell, seems to be a good enough character. He is suitably flawed and has a reasonable amount of baggage and seems to have some room for development and
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone that enjoys a mystery
I added one of Dana Stabenow's books to my wishlist not that long ago, it's still there.

Last week, as I watched the mushers cross Alaska in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, I got Fire and Ice as a free gift from the Iditarod Trail Committee. I should send them a heartfelt 'Thank You' because I really enjoyed this book, it was an entertaining and quick read. The characters are real, and likable.

Liam Campbell, the new local state trooper, lands, literally, into the middle of a murder case. While tryin
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I recently went on a cruise to Alaska and I downloaded 2 of Stabenow's books because they take place in the Alaskan Bush. I thought this book had a slow start, but I was so active during my time in Alaska that I didn't have much time to read!
Now that I'm home, I am enjoying the setting of the Bush, the look into the Yupik and other native Alaskans' way of life, and main the characters who are very independent and very human.The story centers around disgraced Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell wh
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This is the first book in a second mystery series by the woman who writes the Kate Skugow mysteries. It is also set in Alaska and features some intriguing adventures. The protagonist is Liam Campbell, a cop. His girlfriend is a pilot. Both occupations are essential in a mystery set in Alaska - someone who has access to murder and someone with access to transportation.

The writing is better than the introductory Skugow mystery - she seems to have gotten a little more glib and confident. The story
This is fast paced and keeps you guessing. This book is the first in The Liam Campbell series.
Liam is an Alaskan state trooper who has just been assigned to a new town where it seems everyone who needs to escape from where they are winds up. He is taking over for another trooper who didn't care how he did his job as long as everyone followed his rules.
Wy is a pilot who works as a spotter for the fisherman when they need her. Liam hasn't seen her in about two yearsand hasn't forgot her.
Nina Post
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was my first Stabenow book in any series, and I was impressed with this rich mystery novel and series-starter. The characters are unusual, vulnerable, and fully drawn. What Stabenow does with the setting is a tour de force of personal experience, keen descriptive detail, and absorbing atmosphere. I also enjoyed the moments of wry humor throughout the book, which adds some levity to the moments of pathos, which were handled well. It reminded me a *little* of the great TV show Northern Exposu ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-modern
c1998. I enjoyed this book much more than A Cold day for Murder. The murder/mystery was still pretty straight forward but I never thought that catching herring could be so exciting..seriously this was one of the most exciting passages I have read for a while. Go figure? Definitely a novel more dependent on the place and the way of life which is, for me, completely new and unknown. FWFTB: Alaskan, plane, native, rugged, dead. FCN Liam Campbell, Wyanet Chouinard, Bob DeCreft, Cecil Wolfe. "He hims ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Stabenow's Alaska--her settings, her characters, her storylines. And I loved this one. ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the Liam Campbell books. But I prefer the Kate Shugak series. These are worth reading, though. They have a different tone.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stabenow's establishment of setting, of Alaskan lifestyle, and development of character and plot are supreme.

Liam Campbell - Alaska - State Trooper (demoted from sargeant)... He's had a rough couple of years... he was the trooper poster boy - in looks and intelligence, and was making his way up the ranks; he married his childhood friend, and had a baby... and then two of his troopers under him ignored reports of a family driving in a storm, and the family froze to death, and under accusations of
Mary Davis
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery and fiction readers
Shelves: books-read-2012
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Elizabeth Noah Astle
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seven months ago, I was loaned this book and then I had to return it before I finished. This book was then put on my list of one that I wanted to read (finish). I really wanted to find out the ending.

Liam Campbell is an Alaskan state trooper that is reporting to his new post. As he is stepping off the plane, there is a murder--standing above the victim is a previous lover of his, Wy. Next thing he knows is there has been a shoot out in this small town also.

Several months later, I was able to get
So, I Read This Book Today
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Stabenow is a wonderful writer. Her knowledge of Alaska is from her own perspective, having lived there all her life. And she uses that knowledge exceptionally well. Admittedly, I am not as crazy about the Liam books as I am about her Kate Shugak mysteries, but that is a personal preference which has nothing to do with whether the Liam books are good. They are very very good. This is the first in the Liam series, and I highly recommend you read all of them. I have, and they are right up ther ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A major life transition brings demoted and transferred Liam Campbell to a small town in Alaska. He must immediately become the only state trooper in town, as the man he replaces departs on the plane on which Campbell arrives, notwithstanding the new corpse on the tarmac that demands attention. Standing over that corpse is none other than an old flame of Campbell’s. Even before Campbell does so much as get is uniform unpacked or find living accommodations, more obligations turn up in the shooting ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'd call this a 3 stars with potential. I liked it enough to want to try another by this author, but I didn't absolutely love it. It's one of those books that just jumps right in without a long introduction - which I usually like, but this time I just felt a little lost at first. Once I got my bearings, it seemed to move at a decent pace. It just didn't grab me like some books. The whole book is told from Liam Campbell's point of view. I think I might have liked it better from the female l ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
e-book It wasn't 594 pages, since there was an excerpt of the second book in the Liam Campbell series. This Alaskan state trooper, whose wife is in a fatal coma and son killed by a driver, has been demoted at his previous posting, and comes to the fishing community of Newenham where, before he can get his uniform on, he is faced with a murder at the airport. By coincidence, his old flame Wy Chousinard lives here and flied out of the airport. She spots herring for the one day fishing for a skippe ...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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