KATE SHUGAK is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska. She's 5 foot 1 inch tall, carries a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat and owns half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroine ? and she needs to be to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her. BREAKUP. Breakup is the season of early Spring, when the rivers thaw and the bears wake up... Kate looks into the death of a woman by a bear that doesn't quite add up.