Synopsis (from Amazon):
murders strain the police force of a remote Alaskan fishing port, veterinarian
Maureen McMurtry is tapped by Dutch Harbor’s police chief for forensic
assistance. The doctor’s got a past she’d rather not discuss, a gun in her
closet, and a retired police dog that hasn’t lost her chops. All come in handy
as she deciphers the cause and time of death of a local drug addict washed
ashore with dead sea lions and an environmentalist found in a crab pot hauled
from the sea in the net of a fishing vessel.
When her romantic relationship with a boat captain is swamped by mounting evidence that he’s the prime suspect in one of the murders, McMurtry struggles with her own doubts to prove his innocence. But can she? McMurtry’s pals, a manager of the Bering Sea crab fishery and another who tends Alaska’s most dangerous bar assist in unraveling the sinister truth.
Excerpt from DEATH IN DUTCH HARBOR
Eric took the blanket he’d laid on the ice
bench and draped it over the guy’s shoulders; just a kid, really. He folded the
kid's hands so they lay on his lap and packed ice at his sides so he would
remain secure for the rough ride back to port. Reaching into the chest pocket
of his own jacket, he removed a pack of cigarettes. His hand shook as he lit
“We smoke the same brand,” he said,
bending to wedge one in Guy’s gray
lips. He smoked the other cigarette, all the while talking to the kid as if his
spirit lingered nearby. “What a bummer,” he said, “dying so young.” He told the
kid he would be missed by someone and promised to get him home. Hearing his
voice crack, Eric turned away as if he didn’t want Guy to see him that way.
Then he closed the freezer door.
Guy sat in the bait locker, the cigarette
still hanging from his lips. The freezing temperature caused the saltwater on
his eyelashes and beard to crystallize. He looked as if he were climbing Mt.
Everest instead of sitting propped-up, dead in a fishing boat bait locker
headed to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
D. MacNeill Parker and her family are long time participants in the Alaska fishing industry. In addition to fishing for halibut, salmon, crab, and cod, she’s been a journalist, a fisheries specialist for the State of Alaska, and a seafood company executive. She’s travelled to most ports in Alaska, trekked mountains in the Chugach range, rafted the Chulitna River, worked in hunting camps, and survived a boat that went down off the coast of Kodiak. Parker’s been to Dutch Harbor many times experiencing her share of white knuckler airplane landings and beer at the Elbow Room, famed as Alaska’s most dangerous bar. While the characters in this book leapt from her imagination, they thrive in this authentic setting. She loves Alaska, the sea, a good yarn and her amazing family.
“From the first scene, she evokes the real Dutch Harbor and the dynamic people who call it home. It’s a roaring mystery that braids together oil rigs, fishing, sea lions and the kind of Russians we love to hate. Death in Dutch Harbor is a must read for anyone who wants to vicariously experience a rugged world on the edge of an unforgiving sea”
— Lori Swanson, Former Director Marine
Conservation Alliance, Federal Fishery Observer
“Any fan of the Deadliest Catch television show should reach for this book!”
Sig Hansen, FV Northwestern and a star of the Deadliest Catch TV series
“Death in Dutch Harbor grabbed me at the outset and did not let go. Right away you can tell Ms. Parker knows the issues facing the fishing industry in the Bering Sea. She weaves them into the tale and uses her characters to draw the reader deeper into the murder mystery.”
Kelty, Former Mayor of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska
“What a banging beginning for this author. Parker successfully tied together the multiple themes with strong characters, especially the women, with a believable and exciting plot. I recommend this book and look forward to Parker’s next novel.”
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