By Dana Stabenow
All people knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for rent within the Park close to Niniltna, Alaska, yet nobody knew anything approximately him. Even Kate Shugak employed him to skinny the bushes on her 160-acre abode and was once making plans to invite him to aid construct a small moment cabin on her estate for Johnny Morgan, a teenaged boy in her care. yet she, the Park's unofficial p.i., turns out to have identified much less approximately him than anyone.
Alaska is a spot the place anyone can bury his heritage and begin clean, and for any cause, yet this actual secret involves gentle while Len Dreyer turns up murdered. His physique is came upon, frozen stable, within the course of a receding glacier with the outlet from a shotgun blast in his chest. nobody even knew he used to be lacking, however it seems he's been lacking for months.
Alaska nation Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to assist him dig into Dreyer's heritage, within the desire of discovering a few explanation for his homicide. She takes the case, conscious of the necessity for gainful employment as she copes along with her accountability for Johnny, a continuing reminder of his father, her useless lover. Little does she think that by way of attempting to offer for him she simply could positioned him correct within the course of danger.
A proficient author on the top of her skills, Stabenow supplies a masterful crime novel that seems to be as a lot approximately residing because it is set loss of life.
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I stopped and stared but he walked on without me. I hurried to catch up. “Back when Byrdie and her mama first came to Piney Grove to worship, there was an old busybody in the congregation by the name of Ethel Cox. She had something ill to say about everybody. My mama was in charge of organizing the bake sale that year and she held a meeting at our house. Well, there wasn’t much talk about a bake sale that night. It was stuffy so Mama had opened the windows. I stood outside smoking and heard the whole thing.
He’ll never leave Bloodroot Mountain because the Cotters have lived here for generations, but I wonder if he ever wants to dust his hands of this place and move on. Millertown was the big city to me back then, before I went to Knoxville with Daddy once to buy a washing machine. Now I see it for what it really is, a country town with old houses and glass-sprinkled lots and the smokestacks of dirty-looking factories looming over everything. The buildings on Main Street are falling into disrepair but they still have character, with tall windows and painted brick and arched doorways.
One time I caught him off by hisself hid in the corn patch, reading a book of poems. His face got red as a beet and he flew so mad I thought he was going to fight me, just because I knowed he liked to read poems. ” Mr. Barnett talked about Myra’s granny, too. He said he could see why Macon was drawn to Byrdie, even though she wasn’t much to look at. She was brash and sassy and tough. “I seen her bury every one of her children and take to her bed for months at a time,” Mr. Barnett said. “But someway she always got back on her feet.