Nooses Give (A Kate Shugak Short Story)
by Dana Stabenow
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gere Donovan Press Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: B006N020WM
Date: 15 December 2011
Nooses Give takes place before the first Kate Shugak novel, A Cold Day for Murder. Kate has returned to the park to recover. She's settled down on her homestead, isn't inclined to be sociable, and keeps even limited contact to the bare minimum. Heck, she didn't even plow or tamp down a path to her access road.
With three dead, one of them on Bernie Koslowski's basketball team, it's time to take action. There's large amounts of liquor coming in, and it has to stop. The problem is that the state trooper is off hunting a bank robber. So they turn to Kate Shugak for help.
This isn't much of a mystery on the who and the why. Everyone knows who and the why is because there's a lot of money in bring booze into dry and damp towns. It's the how and what Kate can do something about it.
Kate has to figure out how the liquor is getting into the park and where it's being stored. Then she has to figure out what to do about it.
There's some surprise for reader's because this Kate is even more dangerous than the Kate we've come to know about through the last twenty novels. She's colder and far less likely to bend, having just had her throat slit in Anchorage. But this bootlegger is selling booze to young people, and Kate's parents were alcoholics, and the dead kids are relatives, of a sort. So, it's personal.
It's a story that will make you think about rules, law, justice, and the relationships that exists to allow humans to live in groups.