The Singing of the Dead by Dana Stabenow: Published in 2001, this was Stabenow's 11th novel featuring the character Kate Shugak. Shugak, a Native Alaskan is an investigator. In this novel, she is hired as security for a Native woman running for State Congress. Mayhem and murder occurs of course, with Kate in the middle of it all. Along with a well written plot and full bodied characters, Stabenow lures the reader with her wonderful descriptions of the hauntingly beautiful Alaskan wilderness.
Reading this one made me rush back to the library for another one. Maybe I will end up reading all of the Shugak series. Stabenow also writes a Liam Campbell series, which sound interesting, too.