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Track of the Cat

by Nevada Barr

Series: Anna Pigeon (1)

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Anna Pigeon takes a job as a park ranger looking for peace in the wilderness-but finds murder instead. The first novel featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon is reissued. When a fellow ranger is killed and his death is ruled a mountain lion attack, Anna's suspicions are raised. It's up to her to save the protected cats from the prejudiced locals--and prove the kill was the work of a species far less rare.… (more)
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One fun thing about reading books that were written back in 1993 is you get to enjoy the main character pawing through their cassette tape collection trying to find some great tunes to listen to. ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
I thought I had read all of Nevada Barr's Ranger Anna Pigeon books. I somehow missed the first in the series, until now. The protagonist, Anna Pigeon, is a National Park Service Ranger. The Track of the Cat is set in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a little known smallish park in Texas. When Anna is sent to look for signs of mountain lions in the park she finds instead a fellow ranger who appears to have been killed by a cougar. Anna being always suspicious thinks that the lion kill was faked by whoever human actually murdered the ranger. While Anna follows up on all the clues her superiors try to quickly cover up the death to avoid looking bad. Anna suspects everyone on the park staff and slowly eliminates them from suspicion. Who done it. Well, if you read The Track of the Cat you may be as surprised as I was.

I have never met the author, Nevada Barr. But I did live in the California mountain community where she grew up. Her references to her childhood hometown make me like the books even more. ( )
  MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |
couldn't even get started with this one. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
Anna Pigeon, a law enforcement ranger at Guadaloupe Mountains National Park in West Texas, finds a colleague supposedly mauled to death by a mountain lion. Anna is leary and begins an investigation that nearly ends in her death by looking into the death despite opposition from her bosses. Suspicion falls on everyone from the murdered ranger's lover, someone oppposed to the dead ranger's efforts to open the park to the public and a powerful rancher opposition to Park Service policies. Decent whodunnit. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The first Anna Pigeon mystery finds her in Texas. She's 39 and widowed and loves the isolation of being a ranger. She also loves the land and wildlife of her new home. She drinks too much and doesn't have many friends beyond her psychiatrist sister in New York City.

When Anna discovers the body of another ranger while she is out scouting for tracks it first looks like that ranger was attacked and killed by a large cat. But Anna has her doubts. Too many things about the discovery don't make sense to her. But her attempts to investigate are not encouraged by her bosses.

The apparent animal death is giving fuel to local ranchers who want to hunt down the large cats that they believe are harming their cattle. Anna will do anything to protect the large cats in her park even if she never actually sees one.

Anna begins her own investigation of her fellow rangers death. When a second employee is also found dead in what looks like another "accident," Anna becomes even more determined to find out what really happened. Then Anna has an "accident" while hiking which almost causes her death. Someone is very determined to shut down Anna's investigation.

I loved the descriptions of the land where Anna is working. I loved Anna's love for the creatures under her care. I was glad when Anna finally made a friend in the park which helped her become less isolated from other people.

The story was filled with suspense and action. Barbara Rosenblat did a great job narrating the story. She had a great handle on Anna's personality and emotions. This is the first of 19 books in the series which all take place in National Parks. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 9, 2021 |
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Anna Pigeon takes a job as a park ranger looking for peace in the wilderness-but finds murder instead. The first novel featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon is reissued. When a fellow ranger is killed and his death is ruled a mountain lion attack, Anna's suspicions are raised. It's up to her to save the protected cats from the prejudiced locals--and prove the kill was the work of a species far less rare.

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The memory of violence and loss drove Anna Pigeon from the city to seek peace in the Southwestern wilderness. Now a ranger in American's national parks, Anna is at one with nature and its serene, unspoiled majesty. But the brutal death of a fellow ranger in the remote West Texas backcountry - presumably by mountain lion attack - looks suspiciously like murder to Anna.
And her unauthorized investigation into the tragedy is placing her squarely in harm's way. For a trail with few leads winds through dangerous territory - where Anna must confront the dark side of the desert ... and the human heart.
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