The History of Kate Shugak in 22 Objects – 21

Warning: Spoilers spoken here.

And a contest! With prizes!*



So I put it to the Danamaniacs–what should be the object from the twenty-first Kate Shugak novel? Imma just cut-and-paste the winning entry here:

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Thank you, Dagna!


Because what could be more apropos than a compass of any kind as a symbol for Less Than a Treason? Kate is finding her way back to life and health, Mutt is finding her way back to Kate, Jim is finding his way forward after quitting his job, and they’re all finding their way back to each other. And of course, in the orienteers’ race the one necessary tool for every competitor is their compass, which leads to the discovery of the remains of…well, I won’t spoil it that much for you.

*A contest! With prizes!

How you win…

March 22: Go to and make a case for the Kate22 object of your choice in the comments section at the bottom of the post. Winners will be chosen on the strength of their argument. You have a week so make it good!
March 29: The winners will be announced in a post on I will contact each winner for their snailmail address and have the prizes in the mail that day.
March 31: The winners will be announced again in March’s Roadhouse Report.

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3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Love the compass. So right. Just a quick question. Why is Danamaniacs a closed thing on Facebook? Tried so many times to join. But can’t.

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