Alaska State Trooper Nathan Active must figure out what connects a death on a remote Arctic lake with a year-old fatal plane crash in the Brooks Range and an arson at the Chukchi Recreation Center that killed eight people, including the town's basketball star. The case turns out to involve a lucrative polar bear poaching operation and the intense bond between a brother and sister from the village of Cape Goodwin. The heart of the matter, he discovers, is a dead woman whose killer remembers her as having a mouth so sweet 'it was like kissing a Hershey bar'.
Praise for Village of the Ghost Bears
"Jones delivers a finely laddered plot . . . but the real fun, as always, lies
in the dozens of mini-lessons he gives on hardscrabble Alaskan life."
"You can't fake the stuff Stan Jones pulls off in Village of the Ghost Bears . . . A writer of muscular words and stark images, Jones sets up his scenes like film shots."
--The New York Times Book Review
"In the fourth book of this enchanting series set in Alaska . . . [Jones has] created a richly populated universe you'll be sorry to leave."
"Chilling . . . Fascinating."
"Fans of Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee novels will appreciate the direct, wistful storytelling style of Stan Jones. And if life in northwest Alaska seems bleak with its poverty and hard cold, the strong bonds connecting Nathan Active to the people he serves and lives with have their own appeal. Most of all, Village of the Ghost Bears is a solid crime story--one good for any armchair detective."
--Sacramento News and Review