A Grave Denied by Dana Stabenow
A Kate Shugak Novel

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Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for hire in the Park near Niniltna, Alaska, but no one knew anything else about him. Even Kate Shugak hired him to thin the trees on her 160-acre homestead and was planning to ask him to help build a small second cabin on her property for Johnny Morgan, a teenaged boy in her care. But she, the Park's unofficial p.i., seems to have known less about him than anyone.

Alaska is a place where anybody can bury his history and start fresh, and for any reason, but this particular mystery comes to light when Len Dreyer turns up murdered. His body is discovered, frozen solid, in the path of a receding glacier with the hole from a shotgun blast in his chest. No one even knew he was missing, but it turns out he's been missing for months.

Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to help him dig into Dreyer's background, in the hope of finding some reason for his murder. She takes the case, mindful of the need for gainful employment as she copes with her responsibility for Johnny, a constant reminder of his father, her dead lover. Little does she imagine that by trying to provide for him she just might put him right in the path of danger.

A talented writer at the prime of her abilities, Stabenow delivers a masterful crime novel that turns out to be as much about living as it is about dying.

 

About Dana Stabenow

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DANA STABENOW, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award-winner, is the author of nineteen previous Kate Shugak novels, four Liam Campbell mysteries, three science-fiction novels, and two thrillers. She was born, raised, and lives in Alaska, where she was awarded the Governor's Award for the Humanities.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 348 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Since nobody remembers seeing the ubiquitous handyman since October, and State Trooper Jim Chopin is overwhelmed with hotter cases, he asks Kate to investigate but soon regrets getting her involved.

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Finn Grant’s death in the crash of his small plane in an apparent act of sabotage raises the question: who would want the self-made billionaire dead?

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As Shugak works to answer this question, she soon realizes that while everyone in and around the Park is familiar with Dreyer, no one really knows him at all.

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Kate's life has become more complicated with the arrival of Johnny, son of her dead lover, estranged from his mother, and determined to live in the Park where he feels he belongs.

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