The eighteenth in the Kate Shugak mystery series, Though Not Dead takes us through some more Alaskan and Shugak history, treating us to a lot more Old Sam and some good stuff about the Aunties (especially Antie Joyce). We also get an intimate glimpse into why Jim Chopin is who he is, as he goes stateside for his father’s funeral. And I was in tears at the ending which I definitely do not intend to spoil here. One of the best parts (and don’t tell Kate!) was how much of this novel she spends laid out on her back (and not in a good way). Our little bit of kick-ass Kate gets kicked around quite a bit in this book. Dana Stabenow also paves the way for her next one in this series, Restless in the Grave, with a disturbing glimpse at the first murder committed by someone we already know and hate. Or at least I hope so, Dana is pretty closed-mouth about the book so far.