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Firestorm (1996)

by Nevada Barr

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Anna Pigeon is a federal park ranger assigned as a medic to a firefighting crew in California. The fire killed the brother of one of her fellow park rangers. Said ranger went with Anna to a small group of firefighters working on a firebreak further in the hills. A wind made it too dangerous. As the crew was heading for safety one big firefighter broke his leg. As they were carrying him out a firestorm broke out and everyone was forced to cover with a fire blanket until the vicious firestorm passed. The firefighter with the broken leg couldn’t reach safety and died. The rest managed to cover themselves, but received various minor to serious burns. One firefighter, however, was found dead under his fireblanket. He was stabbed to death. Unable to reach the safety of the main camp, the crew had to create a makesft camp. To make matters worse, it began to snow. Anna had to figure out what had happened. Another great Anna adventure. Lots of interesting and humanly flawed characters. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | Nov 14, 2017 |
Joy's review: Park Ranger Amanda Pigeon gets trapped with a forest fighting crew behind the lines. Naturally, there is a murder. This is the fourth book in this series that I've read and so far, it is my favorite. The characters were interesting and the descriptions of the scenery and fire vivid. This is a good mystery series to curl up with. ( )
  konastories | Jun 23, 2017 |
I listened to an audio version of Firestorm by Nevada Barr. This is the 4th book in her Anna Pigeon series about a National Park Ranger who also solves mysteries. I was looking forward to this book at it is set in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic Park which is one I have visited and thought extremely beautiful but unfortunately, this book was about a forest fire where Anna is working as a medic alongside of a group of firefighters so there wasn’t much description of beautiful vistas.

This group gets caught by a firestorm that gives them only minutes to set up their safety shelters but afterwards not only are they cut off from the main group and require rescuing, but one of their number is found lying under his shelter with a knife sticking out of his back. Trapped and isolated, Anna tries to find out which one of her companions is a murderer.

I enjoyed the mystery part of this story as Anna slowly eliminated each suspect until she was left with the answer, although it did seem that everyone she was trapped with could have been the guilty party. Firestorm was a quick and exciting read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 25, 2017 |
It's been a long time since I read this book but I have read the entire series, up until the most current book and I really like it. I love how the series is set outdoors in the different parks. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
Good ending. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
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For Brodie, in gratitude for his unfailing kindness and patience, virtues I may not possess but deeply admire
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If she'd had a foot fetish Anna would have been an extremely happy woman.
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A raging forest fire has consumed thousands of acres in and around California's Lassen Volcanic National Park -- and now it's headed straight toward the exhausted firefighters, including Ranger Anna Pigeon. Emerging from her protective shelter, Anna finds devastation and death in the wake of the fire. Two men have been killed: One was a victim of the flames, the other was stabbed in the back. now, as a rampaging winter storm descends, cutting the ten survivors off from civilization, Anna must find the murderer in their midst...
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Ranger Anna Pigeon is among the exhausted firefighters, serving as medic and spike camp security, when an abrupt weather shift sends Jackknife racing relentlessly in their direction. And when the monstrous blaze has passed, Anna emerges from her protective shelter to discover two men are dead: one a victim of the hungry flames, the other stabbed through the heart. Now, trapped in a nightmarish landscape of snow and ash, cut off from rescue by a rampaging winter storm, Anna must investigate an inexplicable homicide - as she and nine others struggle to survive the terrible rage of natre ... and the murderer in their midst.
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A raging fire in a national park seems an unlikely setting for a murder, but that's exactly the circumstances that crime-fighting park ranger and medic Anna Pigeon confronts in this mystery thriller. A suspicious fire breaks loose in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park and Pigeon assists in battling the blaze and treating the wounds of other fire fighters. As if that's not enough, Pigeon finds herself without food and water trapped with a group of fire fighters, one of whom is a murderer. She tries to figure out who the culprit is before he, or the weather, strikes again.

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After being caught in a firestorm in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Anna Pigeon, her patient, and the fire fighters survive, except for one who is found in his fire shelter with a knife in his back, and Anna must attend to the physical and emotional needs of the survivors and identify the murderer, while snow delays their rescue.… (more)

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