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Endangered Species (1997)

de Nevada Barr

Sèrie: Anna Pigeon (5)

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Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia, is a breathtaking setting for tedious fire presuppression duty. But Anna's boring routine is shattered when two men die in a plane crash, victims of sabotage. This classic mystery is now repackaged.
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This was a good Anna Pigeon novel. In parts slow as she continually mulled over the endless facets of strange events and crimes, but I still love Anna’s character; her appreciation of nature and wide open spaces (which most people don’t know is actually pretty rare among employees in government-type conservation organizations), and her simple, down-to-earth being.

I liked the writing in this book too. This is the sort of passage I find particularly skilled (from page 183 of the paperback):

“This murder was not unlike the Deep South itself, intricate, slow-moving, relationships unclear, each aspect draped or veiled by something else. Facts married to their first cousins producing information that was slightly out of whack.”

That’s funny.

Otherwise, it is never quite clear why Anna, a temporary fire presuppression person, is the one hunting down a killer or killers on federal lands instead of like... oh, I don’t know, maybe the FBI, but she does nonetheless. And as she is continually shot and beaten up and drowned and set on fire and murdered and... oh, wait, maybe one of two of those things didn’t happen to her but only seemed to... anyway... how she can get repeatedly knocked down and then bounce back up like a video game hero (or the Energizer Bunny) and take down the bad guys is always impressive.

Worth reading. ( )
  Picathartes | Apr 9, 2021 |
Synopsis: 'National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon is on temporary assignment at drought-ridden Cumberland Island National Seashore off the Georgia coast, on presuppression fire duty. Patrols are interrupted by an airplane crash that kills pilot Slattery Hammond, who was conducting drug-interdiction flights, and Todd Belfore, Cumberland district ranger. When foul play is suggested, investigators wonder if the murderer was after Hammond, Belfore or Cumberland's chief ranger, Norman Hull, whom Belfore replaced in the plane at the last minute. Barr, who is a former Park Service Ranger, evokes the minimally developed island's shimmering beauty while spinning an absorbing tale of danger and deceit that embraces a realistic description of conservation work and a diverse, engaging cast. An affecting subplot is developed when Anna's lover, FBI agent Frederick Stanton, and her psychiatrist sister, Molly, meet.'
Review: Having been to this park, I was amazed at how clear a picture Barr painted of the place. I was sorry that Frederick and Molly didn't develop a real relationship and break the news to Anna, gently. I was tickled with the two retired school teachers and their adopted deer; their characters were excellent. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 20, 2021 |
This was a pretty good story - Anna is sent to a National Park off the coast of Georgia for "pre-fire suppression" and instead of a fire, there's a plane crash. And the plane was sabotaged.

And, as usual, Anna figures out who did it and the culprit tries to kill her. Never fails!

I enjoyed the story. Moving on to the next one. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Cumberland Island. Off the Georgia coast, sprinkled with decaying mansions and home to sea turtle eggs in the right season. Anna Pigeon is on a fire presuppression crew, which means she keeps an eye out for fires. Patrols the island regularly.

It is on one of these patrols that Anna and her partner see smoke. It's a small plane, downed, containing the pilot and the chief ranger. The two rush to the rescue but it's too late for the two men.

It isn't long before sabotage is discovered. Somebody wanted that plane to go down. Was it to stop the pilot from discovering marijuana fields? Was it to cover up some financial fiddling? Is there a more personal reason? Anyone on the island had access to the plane, so there is no shortage of suspects.

With and without official sanction, Anna is on the case. She is a law enforcement officer, but she frequently goes out on her own, against ranger practice and rules. She puts herself in precarious predicaments and even then doesn't have the whole answer.

As always, I enjoy the introduction to National parks I have not seen, and Barr's visual descriptions. I like Anna's character: determined, compassionate, thoughtful, and a bit reckless. I like that she cares about animals. I like the convoluted plots that twist one into knots as one red herring after another surfaces.

Well plotted, with good characters and great scenic value. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I did the audio version, but the reader was awful. I hope B. Rosenblatt will be back for subsequent books. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
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