Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Mysteries)

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The residents of Alaska's largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, eighty-seven-year-old Old Sam Dementieff…Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the "father" of all of the Park rats--even though he had no children of his own--was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he's left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, "find my father."

Easier said than done, since Sam's father is something of a mystery. An outsider, he disappeared shortly after learning about Sam's existence, taking with him a priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon. And in the three days after Kate begins her search through Sam's background, she gets threatened--and worse.

The flashbacks from Sam's fascinating life, including scenes from major events in Alaska's colorful history, punctuate a gripping story in which Kate does her best to fulfill Sam's last wish without losing her own life to the people who are following her every move, though what they are searching for Kate doesn't even know.

In Dana Stabenow's breathtaking new novel, Though Not Dead, the eighteenth to feature Kate Shugak, Kate's search for the long-lost family secrets that have been interwoven with the epic history of an unforgiving land leads to an extraordinary treasure hunt with fatal consequences.


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 February 1, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 461 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After she’s run off the road, attacked and shot at while checking out Sam’s property in the remote Canyon Hot Springs area, she realizes that Sam had something someone badly wants, and that Sam’s life must hold the clues to what she needs to know.

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With a nice sense of timing, she brings out the laugh-out-loud humor laced through the book, most notably in the scenes between Kate and her "Aunties," and manages to balance the book's extensive cast of characters, shifting points of view, time frames, and passages of Alaskan history with a brig...

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Book Reporter

THOUGH NOT DEAD is the 18th addition to Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series, which takes place in Alaska.

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Kate already has spent a frantic night worrying about Mutt after the wolf is shot saving her owner, and Mutt doesn’t worry about anything except keeping her owner alive and well.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The past of the setting – the state of Alaska – is also a layer in this aspect of the book, with its early history unveiled in a variety of ways and through a number of characters throughout the work, in far greater and new detail than in previous Kate Shugak adventures.

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Denver Post

This little event has significance, since Elizaveta's baby grows up to be "Old Sam" Demen- tieff, one of the people who helped raise Kate after her parents' deaths.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Nearly a century’s worth of Alaskan history serves as the backdrop for this latest Kate Shugak novel, as witnessed by the long life of “Old Sam,” her uncle.

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Jackson District Library

"Though Not Dead" is the 18th book by Alaskan native Dana Stabenow featuring Kate Shugak.

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