Summoned to rescue a close friend, park ranger Anna Pigeon must fight back her claustrophobia and join her crew in a death-black labyrinth of subterranean canyons and narrow crawl spaces in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns. But a whispered warning and a crushed corpse on the cavern floor make Anna realize there is a murderer among them, and she must ...
Summoned to rescue a close friend, park ranger Anna Pigeon must fight back her claustrophobia and join her crew in a death-black labyrinth of subterranean canyons and narrow crawl spaces in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns. But a whispered warning and a crushed corpse on the cavern floor make Anna realize there is a murderer among them, and she must hunt a killer in this underground world. Featured title and sleuth bio at avonbooks.com/twilight.
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Nevada Barr's books have gotten progressively better in terms of literary quality. This can be expected from an author who is dedicated to her craft. The series is especially enticing for people who have visited our National Parks, but also a nice way for those who haven't to get in touch with the wonderful, wild beauty and other qualities they all possess. I always read these kind of series in sequence and would encourage others to do so for maximum enjoyment.
Dec 10, 2009
stay out of caves
More detail about somethings, but as usual, for NV Barr, a good read.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-02-02 Early in this sixth tale in Barr's evocative and suspenseful series (after 1997's Endangered Species), national park ranger Anna Pigeon is summoned from duty in Colorado to New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns. A woman caver seriously injured while exploring the nearby Lechuguilla cave is a friend who has asked specifically that Anna help in her rescue. Anna has faced everything from forest fires to deep-water dives with equanimity, but claustrophobia has so far kept her above-ground. "A chilling image filled Anna's mind: herself crouched and whimpering, fear pouring like poison through her limbs, shutting down her brain as the cave closed in around her." Fully aware of her vulnerability, Anna nevertheless takes the plunge, leading readers through a truly harrowing series of tight squeezes. Barr is so good at involving us in Anna's terror that, when Anna finally reaches the surface again, we share her "unadulterated joy. Even the dirt smelled alive." Above ground, Anna quickly becomes involved in pursuing possible links between two murders and soon finds herself a rifleman's target. A sneaky suspicion starts to grow as we share the progress of her investigation of possible suspects within the sharply sketched community of cavers and National Park Service bureaucrats. Barr couldn't possibly ask Annaæand usæto go back underground again, could she? Wouldn't that be more than courage and credulity could bear? When it happens, of course, it seems inevitable and thoroughly satisfyingæthanks to the writing and plotting talents of a master. Mystery Guild main selection; author tour. (Mar.)
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