The Liam Campbell series is different from the Kate Shugak series in gender, character, geography and tone. Liam is a man, Kate is a woman. Liam is a straight arrow, a trooper operating from within the law enforcement establishment. Kate is an outlaw, a PI who never met a rule of evidence she liked. Kate lives in the Interior on a river, Liam in Southwest on Bristol Bay.
The Kates are centered around the plot of the mystery. The heart of the Liams is the relationship between Liam and Wy, which like all good romances lurches between low comedy and high drama. For example, because Wy is hesitant about resuming their relationship, Liam starts out sleeping in the post, moves to a sinking boat in the harbor and from there to a Jayco popup trailer in Wy’s yard.
If you’re interested in Alaska state troopers in the factual sense, try Bush Cop: True Story of an American Mountie by Joe Rychetnik.
Everyone wants to know why I wrote a male protagonist. Well, why not, if he’s as decent, as smart and especially as sexy as Liam Campbell? And as for low comedy, I’ll leave you to discover for yourself all the inventive ways an Alaska state trooper can ruin a perfectly good uniform.
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