Alaska Justice - M.D. Kincaid An Alaska State Trooper is injured in a plane crash and as he recapitulates some events in his life, a sort of memoir in chapters.

Some humorous anecdotes (Ronny, the trooper with all thumbs who forgets to put his truck in park and watches it roll down the hill just before an inspection) and some horrific ones (the couple on their honeymoon who decide to march 45 miles through the woods without a rifle and the bride, to her horror, learns that grizzlies are really fast and can climb on to log cabin roofs) and the romantic (he falls in love with a fellow conservation officer.)

Alaska troopers often have to fly in to their assignments since roads are often non-existent and Kincaid describes some very unusual and scary incidents in a plane. Often rural roads become landing strips, or a gravel bar in a river (the Piper Cub with tundra wheels can make extremely short landings and takeoffs.)

I’m guessing from the detail and some comments made by an Amazon reviewer, that Kincaid is a current or ex-Alaska State Trooper and that many, if not all, of the events are based on reality.

Of course, all the problems for Alaska Troopers originate with liberal judges, administrators, and those pesky Indian activists from the lower 48. Aside from those silly themes, the book abruptly shifts about two-thirds of the way through the book from Jacks’s narration, to that of his friend and supervisor. That was just too bizarre.

Still, lots of things to like: the stories of how troopers deal with difficult situations, the problems of native tribes, the alcoholism, flying in terribly sever conditions (if you’ve ever watched the series Flying in Alaska you’ll see some extraordinary examples of crabbing. I mean, really, light planes are not designed to land in crosswinds of 40 knots on icy runways, yet Era Alaska airlines does it all the time. Remind me NEVER to fly to Unalakleet.) There was one episode that totally strained my credulity. Jack had to fly a float plane into a town where a gunman was shooting things. The winds were howling at 70 knots and he had to land the plane on a river in a 70 knot crosswind. Bullshit. I don’t believe it. Not possible.

Good audiobook if you like that sort of thing.