It's January and Park Range Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn wolf management. She's lodging in the island's bunkhouse with the famed wolf study team, and two scientists from Homeland Security, who are considering opening the park in the winters, so that the area can be manned to secure border with Canada -- bringing an ...
It's January and Park Range Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn wolf management. She's lodging in the island's bunkhouse with the famed wolf study team, and two scientists from Homeland Security, who are considering opening the park in the winters, so that the area can be manned to secure border with Canada -- bringing an end to the 50-year study. Soon following Anna's arrival, the wolf packs under observation begin to behave oddly. The discovery of wolf scat containing alien DNA leads the group to believe that perhaps a wolf-dog hybrid has been introduced to the island. But when a female member of the team is savaged, Anna realizes that something is seriously wrong. Now, what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of imminent danger. Without electricity or running water, and with temperatures hovering around zero, Anna must fight for her life;
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-25 In bestseller Barr's chilling 14th mystery thriller to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon (after 2005's Hard Truth), Anna joins the team of Winter Study, a research project intended to study the wolves and moose of Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, the setting for 1994's A Superior Death. Complicating the study is Bob Menechinn, an untrustworthy Homeland Security officer assigned to shadow the research. Crowded into inhospitable lodgings and persecuted by unrelenting cold, Anna is far from her comfort zone as nature turns awry with a series of bizarre events. The team stumbles upon the tracks-and the mutilated victim-of a preternaturally large, unidentified beast, and local packs of wolves descend on human-populated areas, a behavior out of step with their species. The campfire legends of youth metastasize into adult fears as Anna must piece together a connection between these anomalies while guarding herself from the strangers around her. Barr's visceral descriptions of the winter cold nicely complement the paranoia that follows the appearance of the mythic monsters at play. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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