Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell, demoted and reassigned to the remote bush town of Newenham, literally steps off the plane into a murder scene. Dealing with death is never simple, but when the woman leaning over the body proves to be Liam's old flame, it’s evident that his new job is about to become much more complicated. Of course, small town tensions tend to simmer just beneath the surface, and murder, once done, has a tendency to happen again.
“What were you intending to do with Mr. Engebretsen, Bill?”
They both regarded the bound man for a moment. The bar watched and waited in silence. “Well,” Bill said finally, “I was thinking about supergluing his shooting hand to one cheek of his ass and his other hand around a beer bottle.”
Liam stared. She appeared to be absolutely serious. He opened his mouth, and she said, “He drinks too much, does Teddy. I’m not totally unfeeling—the bottle of beer will be a full one, but after it’s gone, that’s it.”
“I like it,” the Old Fart said, and grinned evilly when Teddy’s eyes bulged over the edge of the gag.
“Or we could just shoot him,” she said, and raised the .30-06 to work the action. She gave a satisfied nod. “Plenty of ammunition. Course at this distance I really only need one.”
This is the first novel in Stabenow's popular Liam Campbell series.
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 and after having a grand old time working in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields on the North Slope of Alaska, making an obscene amount of money and going to Hawaii a lot, found it in writing.
Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, featuring Alaska PI Kate Shugak, won an Edgar award; her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list; her thirtieth novel, Everything Under the Heavens, debuted in February of 2014, launching an epic three-part historical adventure series, Silk and Song.
Find her on the web at stabenow.com.
"This wonderful series start from the Edgar Award-winning author of the Kate Shugak mysteries is full of raucous action, complicated characters, evocative scenery, and inventive plot. Highly recommended." — Library Journal
"In his reflective moments, the quietly charming Campbell resembles Stephen Dobyns' Charlie Bradshaw. A series to watch." — John Rowen, Booklist
"Stabenow, author of the Edgar-winning Kate Shugak series, masterfully traces the twisting life of Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell in this series debut [...] Happily, this much mayhem has rarely been in surer literary hands." — Publisher's Weekly