Thursday Quotables: A Cold-Blooded Business


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Cold-Blooded Business

A Cold-Blooded Business by Dana Stabenow
(published 1994)

I just can’t get enough of Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series! I’m slowly working my way through the audiobooks. A Cold-Blooded Business, #4 in the series, sees Kate going undercover to investigate drug-dealing at the Prudhoe Bay oilfields, and is full of the same sense of danger and adventure as the earlier books. Kate is an amazingly brave, smart, and strong lead character, and her devotion to her people and the land is part of what makes her so special.

The author has a knack for capturing the beauty of a scene:

A lump of snow dissolved and coalesced with other drops and ran to the end of a branch. With a soft plop it dropped to the ground. It had snowed while they had been gone, but it had thawed again, too, and the shallow drifts were melting like powdered sugar in the spring sun. The smell of wet earth filled her nostrils. The air was soft on her cheek. In the distance she heard the anticipatory chuckle of water over stone. An eagle screamed a taunting challenge far away, receiving only the low, roguish croak of a raven in reply.


Makes me long for another trip to Alaska!

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What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
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3 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: A Cold-Blooded Business

  1. Pingback: Thursday Quotables- The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall | fallinlovewiththesoundofwords

  2. Beautiful passage. The Kate Shugak series has been on my TBR list for quite some time. Why isn’t a day 48 hours long?

    Sorry I didn’t stop by yesterday. I’ve been without connection for nearly a week (brrr!!!) Got it back this morning and now I’m trying to chatch up with everything. Missed my Quotables too 😦
    Well, next week 🙂

    • Aww, sorry about your connection problems – how frustrating! I missed seeing a Quotable post from you! Thanks for stopping by. I love the Kate Shugak books (obviously) — hope you get a chance to check them out.

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