A Taint in the Blood by Dana Stabenow
A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Mysteries)

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Thirty-one years ago in Anchorage, Alaska, Victoria Pilz Bannister Muravieff was convicted of murdering her seventeen-year-old son William. The jury returned a quick verdict of guilty, believing the prosecutor's claims that she had set fire to her own home with both her sons inside; William died and the other, Oliver, narrowly escaped. Victoria was sentenced to life in prison without parole, and though she pled not guilty at the trial, she never again denied her guilt.

Now her daughter, Charlotte Muravieff, has hired Kate Shugak to clear her mother's name. Her daughter has always believed in her innocence, and now that Victoria has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Charlotte wants her free. Kate is the only p.i. Charlotte can find who's willing to take such a long-shot case. Kate, on the other hand, is only willing because she's suddenly a single parent to a teenager, a teenager she hopes will decide to go to college. Besides, it can't be bad to do a favor for the Bannister family, one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Alaska's short history.

As Kate begins an investigation, Victoria protests, refusing to cooperate. But soon it seems she isn't the only one who wants to leave the past in the past. In this spell-binding novel, Kate's confrontation with thirty years of secrets and regret-and murder-in one of Alaska's most powerful families shows award-winning crime writer Dana Stabenow at the top of her game.


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. 318 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Now that she’s been diagnosed with cancer, her daughter Charlotte, frantic to keep her from dying in stir, drives all the way out to Kate’s brand-new house in the Bush to hire the detective to prove her mother innocent of her son’s murder.

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Known for her evocative wilderness settings, Edgar-winner Stabenow heads into urban territory in her uneven 14th Kate Shugak mystery, which is set mainly in Anchorage and picks up where 2003's A Grave Denied left off.

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Understandably, as it takes place in Anchorage rather than at Kate's home in the Park, he can't be around, but he's a cool kid and at times helps explain things in his clear, adolescent "seen it all" way.

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(from http://www.stabenow.com) Kate is driving everyone crazy by trying to help all her friends and acquaintances who helped rebuild her cabin after a fire completely destroyed it.

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Over three decades ago in Alaska, wealthy Victoria Pilz Bannister Muravieff was convicted of murdering her oldest son William by setting a fire to their home;

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