In "The Rope," Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon's past and finally reveals the story of her first case. In 1995, 35-year-old Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think ...
In "The Rope," Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon's past and finally reveals the story of her first case. In 1995, 35-year-old Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on--her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies, and no clear memory of how she got herself in this situation.
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I'm a long time fan of Nevada Barr but found The Rope not up to her usual excellence. I was looking forward to learning how Anna Pigeon's story began and am glad I read this book, but something was amiss for me. Some of her descriptive passages were wonderful and placed you right there in the story as usual. Others went on and on and became tedious. I also found the inclusion of a skunk that was so vital to the story, too contrived. However, I'm glad I read the book as I always am where Ms. Barr is concerned. She is a phenominal writer but I think The Rope missed the mark by a bit. Having said all of the above I still look forward to reading her next book.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-11-21 Set in 1995, bestseller Barr's exciting 17th Anna Pigeon thriller (after 2010's Burn) takes readers where they've wanted to go for years-to Anna's beginnings as a park ranger. Having left her life as a stage manager in New York City, 35-year-old Anna takes on a seasonal job in a canyon wilderness park on the shores of Lake Powell in Arizona. Ten days later, co-worker Jenny Gorman and others are idly wondering why she walked off the job without saying good-bye. The answer is that Anna lies naked, dazed, and injured at the bottom of a dry well. All Anna remembers at first is that she went for a hike in the desert, and now she's at the mercy of an unknown assailant. When Jenny learns that Anna may not have left voluntarily, she begins to search. Meanwhile, Anna escapes after her attacker returns to the well-or was that really her attacker? Misdirection and a rising body count ratchet up the tension. 150,000 first printing; author tour. Agent: Dominick Abel. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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