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This is a wonderful historic romp up the inland passage. Good prequel to Cold Storage. Highly recommend this read.
Slip, a logger, having witnessed the horrific death of a fellow logger, just wants to go somewhere peaceful . . . and be a farmer . . . so he quits his logging job and heads for Seattle . . . meeting Ellie Hobbes with her car in a ditch . . . a man is dead (in her trunk), another gets killed, and a chance encounter continues into days and weeks, little by little Slip gets deeper and deeper into a situation he may never get out of . . . the story is full of colorful and cunning characters, idealists, unions and their bosses, and the lawmen caught in the middle . . . Ellie's dreams of flying airplanes, and Ellie's optimistic young niece, Annabelle with her bird, Buddy, bring contrast to a story fraught with tension . . . A lot of time is spent in the telling of the trip north to Alaska, with some amazing accounts of whales and wildlife . . . John Straley is a talented writer . . . and much is told of the seedier side of life that no doubt existed . . . the conclusion is quite satisfying . . . I would have enjoyed a more in depth story of this period of time, as it was most interesting to me.