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Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery (Liam Campbell Mysteries) (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Dana Stabenow

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Title:Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery (Liam Campbell Mysteries)
Authors:Dana Stabenow
Info:Signet (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow (1998)



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Liam Campbell, Alaskan State Trooper, arrives to his new post in Nevwenham via air. Upon his departure from the airplane he steps into a murder scene. A pilot/spotter has died by the prop of an airplane shredding his head and body. The plane owned by Wy Chouinard, his old girlfriend had been sabotaged. Who was supposed to be the victim?

Before he can even begin an investigation he is pulled away to a second shooting. Then another.

This is a well-paced murder mystery with lots of suspects and victims. The characters are carefully drawn and you feel as though you are right there with them. Another great Alaskan read by Dana Stabenow.
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  Bettesbooks | Feb 16, 2017 |
A little heavy on the background which I guess is not unexpected for a first book in a series. I like the Alaskan setting and Stabenow has created a likeable cast of characters. I would be happy to read the next one (in print or on my Kindle, probably not in audio). ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 18, 2016 |
This review is for the audiobook - see the Kindle edition for my brief comments on the book itself.

Marguerite Gavin does a good narration but it felt a bit odd to listen to a woman narrate a book that is told almost exclusively from a male character's perspective. However, I especially appreciated her voicing of the drunks so I will see what else she has narrated. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 18, 2016 |
This was novel had a good plot and the characters were a little interesting. I deducted a star because I tired of reading that this character or another was noticing another round, full breast with poky nipples instead of advancing the story. There weren't explicit sex scenes or profane language. It was just, "Meh." ( )
  bsiemens | Sep 30, 2015 |
Liam Campbell is an Alaskan State Trooper posted to SW Alaska to recover from family deaths and a non starting rescue attempt that resulted in the death of a native family. It does not improve when he is quickly involved in three killings before he can get his uniform cleaned, pressed and wearable. Good start to a new series about Alaska from, always fun to read, Dana Stabenow. ( )
  jamespurcell | Apr 22, 2015 |
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Dana Stabenow won an Edgar Award for her books about Kate Shugak, a resourceful Indian woman living in Alaska. The series is full of respect for the landscape and the hard work it takes to survive in the far north. Now she starts a new series starring Liam Campbell, an Alaskan State Trooper with a troubled past and an uncertain future; the environmental issues of the 1980s appear to have been back-burnered in favor of the personal needs and feelings of the 1990s.

You might think there are one too many colorful eccentrics or jaunty drunks in the town of Newenham, where former Sergeant Campbell has been demoted after his own bout with booze and self-doubt. But you'll definitely admire the way Stabenow jumpstarts her story: within a few minutes of his arrival from Anchorage, Campbell has to deal with one murder (a pilot almost decapitated by his propeller), one old girlfriend (the exotic and possibly dangerous Wy Chouinard), and a man held hostage in the town's only decent burger joint--held for shooting out a jukebox that was playing Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.

Stabenow can also grab your attention with the details of everyday life in an Alaskan fishing village, such as this description of the contents of a light plane: "There was a handful of candy wrappers, two maps of Bristol Bay, five small green glass balls which Liam recognized as Japanese fishing floats, a walrus tusk broken off near the root, a survival kit, two firestarter logs, two parkas, two pairs of boots, a litre-sized plastic Pepsi bottle half full of yellow liquid, a clam gun, a bucket, three mismatched gloves and three handheld radios, which to Liam seemed a bit redundant." The Kate Shugak books include A Cold Day for Murder, Breakup, A Cold-Blooded Business, Blood Will Tell, Dead in the Water, A Fatal Thaw, Killing Grounds, and Play with Fire. --Dick Adler

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"Newenham, Alaska, is a long way from the big-city comforts of Anchorage, where Sergeant Liam Campbell was an up-and-coming state trooper with everything going his way. But that was before his life unraveled...before five people died on his watch and a drunk driver killed his son and put his wife into a coma. Transferred in disgrace to this rough-and-tumble fishing town on the shores of Bristol Bay, Liam knows Newenham is the end of the line. It's also his last shot at getting his life back."--BOOK JACKET. "But he's about to come in for a very rough landing. Stepping onto the airstrip at Newenham, Liam walks into a crime scene: a dead body torn apart by the propeller of a Piper Super Cub. As if that isn't enough of a welcome, the woman bending over the corpse is Wyanet Chouinard, the only woman Liam ever truly loved - and soon to be his prime suspect."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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