Kate Shugak is the creation of Dana Stabenow. A private investigator and Native American Aleut, Kate was the former star of the Anchorage District Attorney office. Five feet tall, weighing just over 120 pounds, she is tough, intelligent, and resourceful. Resigning after a brutal encounter with a child molester, and haunted by memories and nightmares, she now lives in a cabin in the middle of the Park—Wrangell-St. Elias National Park—near the village of Niniltna with her half-wolf, half-Husky, Mutt.
In A Cold Day for Murder, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original and the first book in the series, her former boss and lover Jack Morgan, chief investigator for the Anchorage District Attorney, arrives at her cabin with an FBI agent. A park ranger and son of a Congressman has been missing for six weeks, and now the investigator who was sent to find him has also gone missing. Morgan asks Kate, who knows all of the people in the Park where she was born and grew up, to investigate.
Set in the Alaskan wilderness, filled with believable, quirky, complex characters and Aleut culture, A Cold Day for Murder is a terrific read.
Note: A Cold Day for Murder and the books in this series are traditional mysteries, not cozies. Some scenes and/or profanity may offend some readers. Also, while each book in the series can be read as a standalone, there is a continually developing storyline between Kate and Jack Morgan and all of the people in the Park, so its best to read the books in order.