In July of 1897, the S.S. PORTLAND sailed from Alaska to Seattle carrying two tons of Yukon gold, setting off the famed Klondike Gold Rush. Now, the SPIRIT OF '98 is recreating that historic voyage and Alex Jensen is assigned to watch the gold. With his lady love, the famous "musher" Jessie Arnold, at his side, he is looking forward to the leisurely trip, until an unexplained rash of shipboard robberies and a probable death jolts him into action. The only law officer in the vicinity, it is now Alex's duty to unravel the twisted skein of lies, greed and lethal secrets that entangles the crew and passengers on this historic cruise, before death once again hails the SPIRIT somewhere along the Inside Passage.
"DEATH TAKES PASSAGE does for Alaska what THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER did for submarines." (Booklist)