Play with Fire, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


KATE SHUGAK is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska.

She's 5 foot 1 inch tall, carries a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat and owns half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt.

Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroine - and she needs to be to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her. PLAY WITH FIRE: A ten-year-old boy 'hires' Kate to find his missing father and when Kate stumbles across a body in the woods she fears she may have found him.

Finding out what happened will lead Kate to a right-wing religious sect, a conspiracy of silence and a smouldering evil.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, maps (black and white)
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781908800497



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I liked this book. It was fast paced, fleshed out some of Kate Schugak's past, enlightened us on some of the characters and on Alaskan culture in general. I particularly enjoyed the scene where the three RVs, the Okies and the Alaskans get in a traffic accident. In another scene, she tours the U of Alaska Fairbanks museum, where I recently visited, to establish the creation vs evolution theme. Fire is, obviously, an important theme in the book and Stabenow herself plays with fire by taking on organized fringe religion. One gets the idea that Stabenow is "taking on" organized religion; I think she's just story telling.

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