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Play With Fire by Dana Stabenow
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bookshelves: alaska-setting, mystery-thriller

This book got off to a really promising start with investigator Kate Shugak stumbling onto a corpse while mushroom picking in an Alaskan forest. A young boy hires her to find his missing father and Shugak discovers they're all mixed up with a fundamentalist sect. Was the death accidental or murderous retaliation? The other good thing in this book is that you get more of Kate's back story with a visit to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she recalls her years as a student.

Unfortunately, Stabenow goes overboard with her characters condemning organized religion in general and fundamentalist groups in particular. Yes, the people in this book are bad guys (book burners, science deniers, hypocrites, etc.), but her brush is really broad and she goes on and on about it. In addition, I didn't find the ending very satisfying.
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Reading Progress

February 7, 2016 – Started Reading
February 8, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 9, 2016 – Shelved
February 9, 2016 – Shelved as: alaska-setting
February 9, 2016 – Shelved as: mystery-thriller

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