Archive for March 8th, 2007
A Deeper Sleep is a Kate Shugak mystery set in Alaska. Kate is an Alaskan native and a â€œpark ratâ€ who lives and works as in independent investigator in an enormous national park. In this book, Kate and her fellow park rats are all up in arms because Louis Deem has been acquitted of the murder of his third wife and has been released back into the park. Deem has long been suspected of the deaths of his first two wives, and it isnâ€™t long before he turns up with a new fiancÃ©e, a frightening prospect to all who know his history. Deem is accused of two other murders in the park before he is murdered, himself.
This book is an interesting study of a group of people and what they will do and sacrifice for the greater good of their group. The park rats are an inter-related group who depend upon each other for survival. When there is a serious threat to them in their midst, the question becomes who will bear the responsibility of ridding the group of this threat. Who will dispense what the group sees as justice?
As usual, Stabenowâ€™s characters are interesting. We have watched Shugak change and grow over the course of a dozen or so books. She has slowly become a more active member of the group and has taken on more responsibility. And in A Deeper Sleep, Shugak seems happier than she has in other books â€“ happy in a new house, raising her former loverâ€™s teenage son, and happy in a new relationship.
Stabenow is an Alaskan herself and gives us a glimpse of life there away from the big cities, where things are a little more treacherous. The plot in this book isnâ€™t a great mystery. It is more a beat-your-head-against-the-wall-in-frustration search for justice that is character driven. Watching what these characters do when the law fails them is fascinating.
Favorite character? Bobby the disc jockey is always a favorite. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? Absolutely.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007