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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
The 15th Anna Pigeon mystery immediately picks up where Winter Study ended. The series continues to be fresh and relevant as Anna evolves in both her personal and professional lives. The plot, which revolves around the Mexican-American border in Texas, could be taken directly from the headlines. With her vivid descriptions of nature, Barr emphasizes its ongoing importance to Anna with its majestic beauty as well as its danger and desolation. As usual, Anna's right in the thick of things, and readers will be right there with her.
Dealing with the grisly aftermath of what happened with the wolf study group, National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and put on administrative leave. That gives her time with her husband, Paul. When they embark on a rafting trip in Texas, the outdoors begins to soothe her soul, until an accident leads to the discovery of a pregnant woman caught in a strainer between two boulders. Anna and Paul are soon knee-deep in the investigation, and the answers could lead straight to the governor's mansion. (PUTNAM, Apr., 416 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Sandra Garcia-Myers
Published: April 2009