Bear Country and Murder by Michael Smith is a 37-page crime story set in Alaska. Police Chief Kesuk Tikani of Kake, Alaska was not happy with his new hire deputy sheriff, Zane Perelli. True, he needed a new deputy and he had chosen big city cop Zane to fill the position, but that was only because of a recommendation from his best friend, Tommy Mitchell, a Philadelphia detective. The Chief emphasized that there was no violent crime in Kake; there had only been one murder case in 120 years. The Chief worried there would not be enough excitement for Zane, he would either quit or get eaten by bears.