Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Doogan

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 27 May 2008

Speaking of Alaska, I recently read John Straley's The Big Both Ways, which was a pretty interesting hybrid of hard boiled crime/naturalist/adventure fiction. It's about a logger in the Depression era Pacific Northwest who walks off the job only to get a ride with a pretty communist with a corpse in the trunk of her car. One thing leads to another, and soon the logger, the commie, and her little niece, are forced to flee Seattle for Alaska in a small boat while being pursued by union men, private security thugs and the police. The novel drags in some places because I think the author tries to cram in a little of everything, but overall I liked it.

Straley has a PI series set in Alaska as well. Has anyone read any of those?

On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 6:15 AM, Ed Lynskey <> wrote:
> I read Mike Doogan's LOST ANGEL, featuring his P.I. Nik Kane and
> set in Alaska. Kane is an ex-cop who went to prison for a "bad
> shoot". In this outing he's investigating the disappearance of
> the daughter of a local religious cult leader. The tone is
> probably more medium-boiled and an enjoyable outing.
> Ed

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