By Mike Doogan
The hot Nik Kane Alaska secret— now in paperback and hailed by means of critics...Gifted younger legislator Matthew desire has been charged with homicide. In desperation, a mysterious, prosperous shopper of Hope’s hires Nik Kane, disgraced ex-cop, to enquire the crime. He quickly uncovers a political tradition corrupted through the impression of oil and large money—and a terrifying mystery that may additional spoil him.
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Bland’s sudden change of sexual identity. So they’d hired 49th Star Security to find something. But a records search had come up dry and neither Kane nor the day surveillance guy had seen Bland do anything interesting, let alone suspicious. Tonight’s drunk driving was it for bad behavior. “Can’t really blame the guy for having a few drinks,” Winslow said. “If your wife decided she liked muff diving better than what you got, you’d drink, too. If you didn’t do something worse. ” Oh, good, Kane thought.
Kane sat silently until it was clear that the woman was not going to continue. Asking her what she meant would be futile. If she wanted to tell him, she would. And trying to guess would be more futile than that. Time to decide. “I’ll take the job under these conditions,” he said. “First, I’ll need some money up front for expenses. We’ll talk about my fee when I’ve earned it. Second, I’ll need a list of your—and your husband’s—political friends in Juneau, and some sort of letter of introduction to them.
He sat thinking about the conversation, about how poorly he’d handled it. When he’d first gotten out of prison, Kane was in many ways still institutionalized. He wasn’t used to having choices, so he wore the same clothes every day. Large spaces made him nervous. The world was dangerously unpredictable, full of people doing whatever they wanted. Intellectually, he knew that these were responses conditioned by his years in prison. He knew that, with work, he could overcome them. But emotionally, he didn’t want to have to work at it.