“Bad Blood” by Dana Stabenow


Bad Blood

This is a crime novel set in Alaska in July. There are two villages, where two rivers meet and a rivalry that dates back a century. One village, Kuskulana has prospered, while the other; Kushtaka has not. The bad blood of the title is the bad blood between the two villages. This apparently the 20th Kate Shugak novel, but she is not involved until the second half, unless you count the tour of her land, which might interest someone who had read the other 19 Kate Shugak novels, but didn’t interest me. Her lover, state trooper Jim Chopin is trying to investigate a murder in Kushtaka, where the body of a young man is found in a fish wheel, used for catching salmon. Jim wants to catch a bigger fish but everyone in the village is tight-lipped.

“I feel like the chorus in a five act play.” Jim said, “I can see everything that is going on, but I can’t do fuck all about it.”

The book is divided into five acts, the rivalry of the two villages echoes the feuding families in Romeo and Juliet. This becomes all the more apparent when a girl from the Kushtaka village elopes with a boy from Kuskulana.

The action takes a long time to get interesting, and there is precious little humour. The ending is a surprise, which I won’t spoil. The landscape is full of bears and wolverines and skiffs and lots of daylight.

My rating: 3 out of 5

Body count (for Emma): at least 4


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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