The Rope: Anna Pigeon's First Case (Anna Pigeon Mysteries #17) (Mass Market)

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Nevada Barr has an excellent series set in the National Parks.  Barr is a former National Park Service Ranger and knows her stuff.  The series goes around the country to the various parks with ranger Anna Pigeon as the sleuth.  The Rope is different from the rest.  It is more of a thriller and a bit darker than other entries The story goes back in time to the beginning when Anna Pigeon  first worked for the National Parks.  Anna hit rock bottom after the death of her husband Zach, they were a close couple even after 7 years.  He was a stage actor, she was a stage manager.  Lots of time together and very devoted, his death sucked the life right out of Anna.  She found solace in hard drink, but it was doing her no good.  The voice of reason in Anna’s life, her sister Molly, tried to help.  But how do you get over a devastating loss?  Anna finally ran.  She left all that was familiar behind, answered an ad for seasonal rangers at Glen Canyon National Recreation area, jumped on a bus, and did not look back.   It is an alien world for city girl Anna; very hot, no tall buildings, in fact not many buildings at all, and devoid of people beyond the tourists down by the water.  Anna is just as alien to the other rangers; inclined to stay by herself, dressed in tight black jeans and tee-shirts not the khaki shorts the rest wear, and rather clueless about the out of doors.  Jenny, Anna’s superior, suggests a hike for her day off.  It is the last they see of Anna.  Everyone assumes the new girl packed her bag and left, she didn’t seem like the outdoorsy type.  In reality Anna is trapped.  Around Lake Powell there are hundreds of “Solution Holes”, round, tunnel shaped sandstone.  Anna wakes up at the bottom of a Solution Hole, naked, with no water, no food.  Someone put her there and that someone is coming back.  No one is looking for her. Anna is on her own and whoever put her naked at the bottom of the hole does not have good intentions.     It is a good thriller.  If you are new to the series and like to start at the beginning, well this is the beginning and also one of the latest.  The original first story is Track of the Cat set in the Guadeloupe Mountains National Park of West Texas.




— Deon Stonehouse


The Rope

Nevada Barr

It's 1995. Fresh off the bus from New York City, a broken-hearted 35-year-old named Anna Pigeon takes her first job as a park employee: a decidedly unglamorous, seasonal stint at the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking alone in the park—never to return. Her co-workers assume she's moved on since her cabin is cleaned out. But when Anna wakes up—trapped at the bottom of a well, naked, with no supplies and no memory of how she got there—she must draw upon all of her strength, courage, and skill to survive. Because whoever set Anna's trap isn't through with her yet…

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

About the Author

Nevada Barr is the author of the series of New York Times bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, a law enforcement park ranger. Her novels include Winter Study, Borderline and Burn. She won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for Track of the Cat. Like her character, Barr worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger before resigning to write full time. She had postings to such parks as Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas (where Anna Pigeon was created) and Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. She lives in New Orleans.

Praise For…

“Terrifying…Dark and visceral, the novel is sure to appeal to Barr's legion of fans, especially those who have been clamoring for the author to light the shadows of Anna's past...A crisply written and revelatory entry in the Pigeon series.” —Booklist

“Barr's exciting 17th Anna Pigeon thriller takes readers where they've wanted to go for years--to Anna's beginnings as a park ranger.…Misdirection and a rising body count ratchet up the tension.” —Publishers Weekly

“Barr's luxuriant depictions of desert landscapes with its colors and hues and details about Lake Powell's tourist population are interwoven into the narrative as an indispensable element of her popular series. Anna emerges from this canyon escapade as a strong, determined woman...Verdict: Another awesome winner for Barr.” —Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250008671
ISBN-10: 1250008670
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Anna Pigeon Mysteries