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Taint in the Blood, a (2004) [Novel]
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Thirty-one years ago in Anchorage, Alaska, Victoria Pilz Bannister Muravieff was convicted of murdering her seventeen-year-old son, William The jury returned a quick verdict of guilty, believing the prosecutor's claims that she had set fire to her own home with both hers sons inside; William died and the other, Oliver, narrowly escaped. Victoria was sentenced to life in prison without parole, and though she pleaded not guilty at the trial, she never again denied her guilt.

Now her daughter, Charlotte Muravieff, has hired Kate Shugak to clear her mother's name. Her daughter has alwalys believed in her innocence, and now that Victoria has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Charlotte wants her free. Kate is the only P.I. Charlotte can find who's willing to take such a long-shot case. Kate, on the other hand, is only willing because she's suddenly a single parent to a teenager, a teenager she hopes will decide to go to college. Besides, it can't be bad to do a favor for the Bannister family, one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Alaska's short history.

As Kate begins an investigation, Victoria protests, refusing to cooperate. But soon it seems she isn't the only one who wants to leave the past in the past. Kate's confrontation with thirty years of secrets and regret and murder in one of Alaska's most powerful families shows Dana Stabenow at the top of her game.

Original title: A Taint in the Blood
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives
FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Taint in the Blood, a

Taint in the Blood, a (2004)
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Language: English

  • "Kate Shugak is the answer if you are looking for something unique in the crowded field of crime fiction." Michael Connelly, author of The Narrows
  • "Shugak is one of the great characters of modern crime fiction." Laurie R. King, author of Keeping Watch
  • "Every time I think Dana Stabenow has gotten as good as she can get, she comes up with something better." The Washington Times
  • "Stabenow is a fine storyteller, but it is her passion for the Alaskan landscape and iconoclastic people who inhabit it that fires this series and lifts this latest entry to its pinnacle." Publishers Weekly
  • "An intelligent crime novel that reflects both Stabenow's love of wilderness and her understanding of the complex questions of profit versus the purity of the frontier." The Dallas Morning News
  • "Dana Stabenow excels at evoking the bleakness and beauty of the far north." Seattle Times
  • "If you haven't discovered this splendid North Country series, now is the time...Highly entertaining." USA Today
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Taint in the Blood, a (September 1, 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
ISBN: 0312306830
Dimensions: 9.56 x 6.44 x 1.06
Pages: 320

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