Poisoned Pen, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
f you've never been to Alaska, venture there with Don Porter in his first book,
. If you're lucky enough to have been there, return for the adventure of a lifetime.
ush Pilot Alex Price plans on a quiet evening with an old friend, his former prospecting partner Stan. An explosion wipes out Stan's truck and Stan at the same time. Alex is sure this was no random occurrence, but a bomb planted with foresight and malice. But why? Alex and Stan's wife Angie team up to find the answers to the horrific loss they share. Angie, an Athabascan, fears for both their lives, apparently because of something Stan overheard.
f you've never flown in a small plane, now is the time to do it. Though my husband was a private pilot, I learned more about the workings of flying with Alex than I ever did before. At the same time, I was enjoying the thrill and fear that Alex and Angie experience in their pursuit of justice for Stan.
is a triumph of a first novel, full of suspense and action. The characters are finely drawn and it's easy to like Alex and Angie and understand their motivations. Porter incorporates a wealth of information about native Alaskans and how they must have lived before the white man intruded, as well as a broad view of Alaska, its flora and fauna and majestic landscapes. This is a good read, not to be missed.
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