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by Nevada Barr

Series: Anna Pigeon (15)

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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:The New York Times bestseller starring Anna Pigeon from the author of Winter Study.
“Action-packed…a narrative that plunges readers into mystery [and] mayhem.”—The Denver Post

Hoping a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Anna Pigeon and her husband Paul go to southwest Texas, where the Rio Grande is running high. The beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic—until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student makes a grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders—and more dead than alive—is a pregnant woman. Anna will soon discover that nature isn’t the only one who wants to see the woman and her baby dead….… (more)
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Still recovering from the nightmare at Isle Royale National Park, Anna is on leave and seeing a psychiatrist. She and her husband go on a float trip down the Rio Grande at Big Bend National Park with a guide and some college students. They find a pregnant woman caught in some vegetation, and while they are unable to save the woman, Anna performs an emergency C-section with her husband's pocket knife. They encounter a starving cow, and one of the college students insists they must rescue the cow. The guide is shot, and the person doing the shooting seems to be targeting their party when a second member is shot. With the river rising and the loss of their raft, they must try to climb (with a baby in arms), but it puts them in danger. They don't know who they can and cannot trust. The book was written sometime after 9/11 made it more difficult for Mexicans to enter the United States. Barbara Rosenblat does a good job narrating the story. ( )
  thornton37814 | Mar 14, 2024 |
(2009)Another very good Anna Pidgeon story. Read this one as a ?staff pick? for library's 10 in 2010 adult reading program. ?(Suite 101)Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the killings described in Winter Study (2008), Anna Pigeon has been placed on administrative leave from her job as a National Park Service ranger. To distract her from painful memories, Anna's new husband, Paul Davidson, takes her to Texas' Big Bend National Park for a rafting trip on the Rio Grande,During a turbulent journey down the river, Anna discovers a pregnant woman dying in a strainer. Anna performs an emergency Caesarean section that saves the baby's life. Minutes later, a sniper opens fire on Anna's rafting group, killing two of its members.Darden White, former Secret Service agent and current chief of security for Houston mayor Judith Pierson, breaks into Anna's narration with his own revelations. Judith, whom he has known since she was a child, wants to run for governor of Texas. She also suspects her husband, Charles, of infidelity. As the novel reaches a climax, Darden and Anna's separate stories merge.?Turns out that Judith is the one behind the murders and is trying to catch and kill the baby as it was the child of her husband and his lover, the woman found in the river. Darden helps Anna in the climax by shooting Judith before she harms the baby or kills Anna. The baby then is taken by Charles, Judith's husband. Anna and the remaining rafting group finish the trip that had been interrupted.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
I have read all of the Anna Pogeon books and I'm really just tired of her I think. This one seems incredibly sub-par and hokey and she's just completely annoying as a character. It's obvious from the beginning who the bad guy is and the whole thing is pretty much a snooze. No more Anna Pigeon books for me. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
This mystery, set in the Big Bend National Park, features Barr’s National Park Service heroine, Anna Pigeon – and she’s deep in adrenaline-pumping trouble. When Anna and her husband take a rafting trip with a guide and a small group of college students down the Rio Grande, they find a dying pregnant woman – most likely Mexican, trying to cross the river so that her baby will be born an American citizen. Anna no sooner performs an emergency Caesarean to rescue the infant, than her party is targeted by a sniper’s bullets, and she and the baby and her surviving team must reach safety. Set against the geographic backdrop of the wild and rocky terrain of south Texas, with a big dose of immigration and post 9/11 politics. Recommend to nature-loving patrons looking for a fast-paced mystery. ( )
  FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
Synopsis: ' Anna Pigeon, a park ranger on forced vacation after a traumatic case, begins a river rafting trip on the Rio Grande bordering Texas and Mexico. Accompanied by their guide, Carmen, Anna’s husband, Paul, and a small group of college students, the rafting party anticipates an exciting but not dangerous journey.
Instead, their excursion is marred by tragedy, a sniper attack, and the discovery of the body of a pregnant woman wedged into debris at the side of the raging river. Like it or not, Anna is thrust back into a professional role, she and Paul guiding the students away from danger, hunted by a killer with a powerful weapon.

The adventure turns even more bizarre when Anna realizes the pregnant woman has not yet expired, her baby still alive. She is forced to deliver the baby with nothing more than a pocket knife, the mother slipping away after murmuring, “Take my baby.” But there is little time to register the horror of the situation when the life of a newborn is at stake and a killer lurks nearby.
Oblivious to the drama unfolding on the river, ex-Secret Service agent Darden White is overseeing a formal event at a venue in Big Bend National Park by an ambitious politician, Judith Pierson, the mayor of Houston planning to announce her bid for the Governor’s Mansion. There is a long relationship between Judith and Darden, the bodyguard obsessed with protecting Judith’s interests in a rapacious political environment, where a breath of scandal can bring the most determined ambitions crashing to the ground. Darden suspects Judith has been keeping secrets from him of late, purposely avoiding his involvement in her latest scheme.
Certainly there is trouble in paradise, Judith and her husband, Charles, barely able to disguise their personal rancor from the peering eyes of observant reporters. When news of the deaths on the river reaches those at the political event, a series of confrontations result. Caught in the middle of the chaos, Anna fends off each new danger, disarmed by the tiny newborn and willing to risk death to protect the child.
The stage is impressive, a vast landscape of jagged boulders and a raging river, the efforts of humans pitiful against such grandeur. Judith Pierson embodies political opportunism intruding on the beauty of the wilderness, her hubris outreaching her limitations. For her part, Anna delivers under duress, pushing personal concerns aside and experiencing an unfamiliar maternal instinct far beyond her comfort zone.
Review: Who done it is telegraphed from about the second chapter. However, it's an interesting story, particularly in the political climate of 2020. ( )
  DrLed | Feb 12, 2021 |
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Barr hits her stride whenever Anna is actually on the river.... But nothing else seems to inspire Barr, and the novel’s lame plotting, with its obvious villains, is a comedown from her usual impeccable storytelling.
 

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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:The New York Times bestseller starring Anna Pigeon from the author of Winter Study.
“Action-packed…a narrative that plunges readers into mystery [and] mayhem.”—The Denver Post

Hoping a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Anna Pigeon and her husband Paul go to southwest Texas, where the Rio Grande is running high. The beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic—until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student makes a grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders—and more dead than alive—is a pregnant woman. Anna will soon discover that nature isn’t the only one who wants to see the woman and her baby dead….

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New York Times–bestselling author Nevada Barr delivers another extraordinary Anna Pigeon novel set in the wide open vistas of southwestern Texas.

The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted, her memories of her time with the wolf study group forever marred by the carnage on the island. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she is on administrative leave, per her superintendent's urging. Anna wonders if the leave might not be permanent, either by her own choice or that of the National Park Service. The one bright spot in Anna's life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic—until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student falls overboard, resulting in an even more grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders and more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman, hair and arms tangled in the downed branches. Instead of the soul-soothing experience they'd longed for, Anna and Paul find themselves sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican desert to the steps of the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas.
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