A Fine And Bitter Snow

A Fine And Bitter Snow Change never comes easy so when the news breaks that the new administration oil might be drilling for oil soon in a wildlife preserve in southeastern Alaska home to P I Kate Shugak battle lines are

  • Title: A Fine And Bitter Snow
  • Author: Dana Stabenow
  • ISBN: 9780312989477
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Change never comes easy so when the news breaks that the new administration oil might be drilling for oil soon in a wildlife preserve in southeastern Alaska, home to P.I Kate Shugak, battle lines are quickly drawn across the community But for Kate, who hasn t been able to get back into her daily life ever since her lover s violent death a few months ago, it s a welcome rChange never comes easy so when the news breaks that the new administration oil might be drilling for oil soon in a wildlife preserve in southeastern Alaska, home to P.I Kate Shugak, battle lines are quickly drawn across the community But for Kate, who hasn t been able to get back into her daily life ever since her lover s violent death a few months ago, it s a welcome reprieve from doing nothing.Tensions run high when Kate s friend and chief park ranger, Dan O Brien, is deemed too green for them by management and asked to take early retirement Kate rallies the troops to fight for his job, but before she can really start throwing her weight around, a longtime resident is found brutally murdered Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin enlists Kate in the investigation, and it isn t long before she discovers that when it comes to the beauty and danger of living and dying in Alaska, nothing is as simple as it seems

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    1. I was very disappointed in books 9 & 10. I missed book 11. And I am so glad that in this book - book 12 - Kate is back where she belongs. She is at home in her Park. She is at home with Johnny. She is at home in her own skin.What is good: Jim Chopin is growing as a character. He was almost cartoonish in some of the early books. He wasn't likable or intriguing. But in this book he becomes a person who is real and has both compassion and heart. I think he will become a character to love.What i [...]

    2. This installment in the Kate Shugak series was a bit slow to develop and in some ways seemed more like a vehicle to advance the relationships Kate has with Chopper Jim and the young boy, Johnny, who has adopted her as his mother. But as always, Dana Stabenow gives you a great sense of place. This one is all about life in rural Alaska in the winter. And it does include another rescue by Mutt, Kate's half-wolf husky.

    3. Good Kate Shugak novel as she must investigate the killing of one her friends and the brutalization of another, all the while missing Jack and getting to know Jim Chopin better. I still have no idea where the title came from, but a very enjoyable story. Recommended.

    4. "Falling snow toned a shout down to a murmur and then absorbed the murmur, imposing its own sweet, silent hush on a noisy world."Dana Stabenow's A Fine and Bitter Snow, my first book by the author, almost gets thumbs-up from me. It is the twelfth installment in the 20-novel series that features Kate Shugak, an Aleut who lives in the "Park", a generic National Park in Alaska, and often happens to get involved with investigations of crimes. Ms. Stabenow, an Alaskan native, has a keen eye for the l [...]

    5. "A Fine And Bitter Snow" moves right along from "Singing For The Dead" continuing the "we're really a series now" feeling that has been there since "Hunter's Moon".This book brings Kate back to the Park and gets her reinvolved with the regular cast of characters from the previous books. Kate is most fully herself in the Park. Seeing her in this environment shows how she has changed: her quite assumption that she can and should intervene in Park politics, the hole in her life where Jack used to b [...]

    6. The Kate Shugak mysteries are particular favorites of mine. The unique (to me, at least) settings of Alaska; the interesting cast of characters and Kate herself.Kate is small, dilignet, skilled and feels it is her duty to protect the way of life in "The Park"--the federal wildlife preseve on which she lives.Kate lacks one quality--finesse. She has to work hard to be even slightly subtle. She is beginning to round up allies to save the job of Park ranger Dan O'Brien, who is inivited by the new ad [...]

    7. Continuing saga of Kate Shugak; living in Denali National Park in Alaska; if you have read previous Shugak you know what has happened to her; she is now about 1 year out since the love of her life Jack was killed; the killers almost killed her; she has taken in Jack's son, Johnny. Now there is a murder and almost murder which brings in Jim Chopin, state Trooper. She and Jim both try to figure out the mystery in a close knit Park "family". I enjoy Kate's story, conflicts and struggles. Some roman [...]

    8. Kate is recovering from Jack Morgan's death and is back in the park. She learns that pressure has been put on the park ranger, Dan O'Brien to take early retirement as new government wants drill for oil and expand other activities in the area. Kate wants him to remain as the ranger and starts a movement to support him. Johnny is living with friend to prevent Kate being charged with kidnapping. Chopper Jim is involved in a murder investment. Dina and Ruthe are found beaten in their home. Dina is d [...]

    9. I have a hard time putting down these books, once I start. They have a lot of forward momentum. I had figured out the culprit, but I wanted to see how Stabenow dealt with it. Mostly, I think she used it as a vehicle for setting up the Kate/Jim conflict. Will Chopper Jim hit one out of The Park? Stay tuned.

    10. This was one of my favorites in the series. It had all of the great Park characters, and we learned a few new things about some of them. Very good mystery, and plenty of sexual tension. Dana Stabenow can really tell a story.

    11. I just can't get enough of these books, might just have to read the rest of all of them so they stop distracting me from other books I am interested in reading.

    12. Little too much on the developing romance between kate and Jim. Just too much into their minds. Also seems to be reintroducing the characters and history. But over all a good read.

    13. Read this one hot on the heels of book 11, which is helpful since very little time elapses between the two books.Another step in Kate's healing, and much to my surprise, despite screeching about a gut feeling I had about where Kate's storyline was going, I'm ok with it. (view spoiler)[in the book after Jack died, I predicted she'd get together with Chopper Jim and had a total meltdown. It looks more and more like that's going to happen (hell we just got the beyond the grave approval from Jack! - [...]

    14. Dana Stabenow, again captures the majesty of life of Alaska in winter. I fell in love with her characters. It was as if I was in the room with them: talking, reading, dancing, riding a snow machine, etc. Dana drew me into the complex relationships that exist between the Alaskan state government and the Native government that function within that state government. And the equally complex relationships all people share. A beautiful winged read.

    15. Loving it For The CharactersI thought about giving this one three stars. After all, the action didn't even get started until about 45%. But I love Kate, and I was interested in the issue of Ruthe and Dina. So I kept reading. Doesn't sound like a rousing case for four stars. But the story got better, and Kate was obviously in danger. And the ending won me over. So. four stars!

    16. Another good Kate Shugak story. A bit complicated with various political efforts to re-arrange the ranger structure.

    17. It's been years since I read any of Stabenow's Kate Shugak books, and I honestly couldn't remember why I had stopped. I love a book with a strong sense of place and Stabenow knows how to transport her readers in the Alaska bush. Something else that she does remarkably well is to bring a first time reader up to speed on characters and past story lines without boring the series reader. I felt like I had never stepped away from Kate, conservation vs. tourism, the rights of indigenous peoples vs. th [...]

    18. Since I'm reading Dana's Kate Shugak series in order and this is the twelfth book, my reviews tend to focus on the books as a story arc and not each book separately. Also, I had read all the books through the seventh and then skipped to the last few, so I'm reading these in the middle of the series for the first time. With those caveats, I will say this is one of my favorite entries in the series. What I love about it is that a reader could come in at this book, get a lot of the backstory, and b [...]

    19. This was my first Stabenow read, and I did enjoy it. I visited Alaska in 1975, and it was so interesting to go back and see the state through Kate Shugak's eyes. Stabenow shows us what it's like to live in a world of snow machines, cold and darkness, and she does it beautifully. Her characters are interesting, though I don't quite know what to make of Kate's relationship with Jim; very strange. Perhaps reading more of the series would help. Kate Shugak is a strong protagonist, and I find her com [...]

    20. "A Fine and Bitter Snow" lance une nouvelle ère pour le Park: Nouveau gouvernement fédéral (Début du règne Bush Junior), nouveaux projets pour le Park, exploitation plutôt que protection et régulation, remaniement du personnel de terrain Et notre Park Ranger préféré stationné à Niniltna, Dan, subit la pression hiérarchique, lui indiquant qu'il est trop Écolo et qu'une retraite anticipée serait la bienvenue.Branle-bas de combat, Kate prend en main l'opération de sauvetage du poste [...]

    21. I found this to be frustrating. Until the big reveal, I was going to give it a fourth star, but having a villain who seems like an unreliable narrator about the crime made my head hurt. Too many of the clues at the crime scene didn't make sense if the murderer told the truth in the reveal, and the method for getting to and from the crime didn't make sense, in terms of time, speed and distance. I honestly couldn't tell if it was an author error or a nonsensical lie by the killer, and that's a bad [...]

    22. #12 in the Kate Shugak series.Alaska PI Kate Shugak series - Kate discovers that park ranger Dan O'Brian is about to lose his job, probably because he is against drilling for oil in the local wildlife preserve. In an effort to garner support for Dan, Kate calls on her late grandmother's dear friends, Ruthe and Dina, who together taught Kate the name of every living thing in the park when she was a child. This longtime couple sits on a big chunk of pristine wilderness and works hard to protect ot [...]

    23. Ever since the previous novel MIDNIGHT Kate has been trying to come to terms with life in a world without Jack. After months of hiding away from the world in Bering Kate returns home to find Johnny, Jack's son, on her door step. She farms Johnny out to her neighbor, Ethan, who's wife just left him and Oh and also used to be Kate's teenage sweetheart. Kate is still trying to figure out how she feels about her "encounter'" with Jim in Bering. Talk about confusion. The best lines are between Ethan [...]

    24. After reading Stabenow’s clever short story in the Sherlock Holmes collection, this novel was a disappointment. Although A Fine and Bitter Snow is intermittently clever with dialogue and description, these are brief moments, and the bulk of the novel is…well…boring. There’s just not enough mystery—it takes 80 pages in for the crime to happen, and the novel is only a little over 200 pages. The entire mid-section of the book contains too little investigation—the characters seem to drin [...]

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