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The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)

The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries) - Stuart Harrison,  James Thayer,  Nevada Barr, Robert Harris,  Nicholas Sparks,  Robert Crais,  Rhys Bowen John Grisham Nevada Barr never disappoints. Her Anna Pigeon books do for the National Park system that Tony Hillerman’s books did for the Navajo Reservation—create a magnificent sense of place. I do most of my “reading” in the form of audio books that I listen to on my commute. But Barr is one of the few authors I will only read the old fashion way, with eyes on pages. I want to savor every page.

The Rope is a prequel to Barr’s earlier Pigeon books. It explains how a one-time New York stage manager became a law enforcement ranger for the U.S. National Park Service. Escaping the Big Apple after the death of her husband, Anna takes a temporary position as a seasonal ranger. Shortly after, however, she wakes up to find herself trapped in a deep desert depression with no clothing and no way out of the “solution hole.” Her only company is a baby skunk and the half-buried corpse of a young girl.

Rather than solve the crime of her kidnapping and imprisonment, Anna’s rescue results in more mysterious deaths. Anna Pigeon has to transform herself from a damaged city girl into an outdoor woman capable of holding her own against Mother Nature and the men who dominate the law enforcement ranger force.

As I said, Nevada Barr never disappoints, and The Rope is another fine installment in the Anna Pigeon series.