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By Mike Doogan

Berkley Prime Crime, 2007 ($7.99)
ISBN-10: 0425216667
ISBN-13: 978-0425216668

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

This is the debut novel for Mike Doogan. He introduces readers to Nik Kane, in a proposed series, set in Alaska.

Depending upon one's point of view, Kane has several strikes against him. He's an ex-cop, an ex-con, and a soon-to-be ex-husband. Recently released from prison, he's trying to adjust to life on the outside. Of the few options available to him, he takes on private investigative work. This case involves a missing teenager. Is she a runaway or a possible victim of foul play? She disappeared from a reclusive religious community in the Alaskan interior.

The story starts off with a bumpy ride to Rejoice, the religious community's location. I felt an instant liking for the character of Nik, as he bantered with the pilot of the bush plane. I was glad to be tagging along. I liked the setting. Icy cold Alaska.

Of course there's nothing new with the flawed former cop trying to make good scenario but I like the way the author handled it. I was reminded, a bit, of one of my all-time favorite authors and characters -- J. A. Jance and her J. P. Beaumont character.

I am looking forward to more Nik Kane adventures.

Fans of Sue Henry and Dana Stabenow will want to give Doogan a read. I don't think they'll be disappointed.

The author is a former columnist for the Anchorage Daily News.

The second book in this series is CAPITOL OFFENSE. Published in August, 2007, it is available in hardcover from G.P. Putnam's Sons.

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