Books by Nevada Barr

BOAR ISLAND by Nevada Barr
Released: May 17, 2016

"After the razor-sharp focus of Destroyer Angel (2014), Barr's latest is a surprisingly hot mess, awash in scattered crimes whose perpetrators' behaviors defy belief. There's not even much about Acadia National Park."
Ranger Anna Pigeon, sent from the Rockies to Maine's Acadia National Park for a three-week stint, finds the brief interval more than long enough for another round of murder and assorted skulduggery. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2014

"A tour de force that's both the most one-dimensional and the most satisfying of Anna's recent adventures."
Park ranger Anna Pigeon faces down—or, more accurately, hides from and bedevils—an unusually dangerous criminal in upstate Minnesota's Iron Range. Read full book review >
THE ROPE by Nevada Barr
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Cliffhangers, literal and literary, abound."
Prequel to Barr's popular Anna Pigeon series. Read full book review >
BURN by Nevada Barr
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"An intense but conventional actioner whose two heroines aren't nearly as compelling as Anna's solo turns."
National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon works her 16th case in the most unparklike setting imaginable. Read full book review >
HARD TRUTH by Nevada Barr
Released: March 24, 2005

"If the escalating horrors, which make Anna's first 12 novels (High Country, 2004, etc.) seem kind and gentle, don't stand your hair on end, make an emergency appointment with a therapist, or book a tour of the National Parks, where you'll evidently be right at home."
Married but living a thousand miles from her bridegroom, National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon gets another harsh lesson in just how badly men can behave. Read full book review >
HIGH COUNTRY by Nevada Barr
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"Even more appealing than the carefully clued mystery and the exhilarating survey of Yosemite is Barr's matchless control of fictional space, from wide-open to grave-narrow."
Back from her sojourn among the ghosts of 1865 (Flashback, 2003), Anna Pigeon, everyone's favorite park ranger, is, well, waiting tables at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Read full book review >
FLASHBACK by Nevada Barr
Released: Feb. 10, 2003

"Fans looking for Barr's trademark pleasures—evocative natural descriptions, mounting suspense, Anna's never-say-die spirit—will have to look hard to find them buried under all those mysteries, villains, and centuries in this most grandly scaled of her 11 adventures."
Seventy miles west of Key West is Dry Tortugas National Park, home to tiny Garden Key, Fort Jefferson, and now Anna Pigeon, in retreat from importunate Episcopal priest/sheriff Paul Davidson (Hunting Season, 2002). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"Even fans who thought they'd already seen enough of Natchez Trace will find Barr's tenth as inventive, as ingenious, and finally as riveting as the very best of this distinguished series."
After a season out west among killer bears (Blood Lure, 2001), Anna Pigeon, who's made her reputation by keeping on the move, is back as District Ranger in Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Parkway. Read full book review >
BLOOD LURE by Nevada Barr
Released: Feb. 5, 2001

"Despite a fitful alternation between the exciting outdoor set pieces Barr ought to patent and the anticlimactic returns to Anna's indoor base—together with a solution that's logical enough but a little hard to swallow—fans of this distinguished series won't be disappointed."
Dispatched from her Mississippi home park (Deep South, 2000) to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park to participate in a bear census, rolling-stone ranger Anna Pigeon happily strains pots of stinky lure with her bare hands and clambers over rough territory to place the lure in the hope of attracting bears to help the Park Service establish population trends and travel patterns. Read full book review >
DEEP SOUTH by Nevada Barr
Released: March 1, 2000

"Still, Barr's many fans, eager to see her take on every federal property in the nation, will treasure her atmospheric presentation of Mississippi as the country's biggest little town."
Though she loves her varied postings as a National Park Service ranger (Liberty Falling, 1999, etc.) and hates administration, Anna Pigeon's not getting any younger or richer, so she puts in for promotion, and next thing she knows she's driving hell-for-leather alongside Mississippi mud and alligators en route to her posting as district ranger of the Port Gibson District. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1999

"Score a mere double this time for the Park Service's answer to Mark McGwire."
illness and Anna's need to deal somehow with FBI agent Frederick Stanton, the ex-boyfriend who deserted her for Molly. Read full book review >
BLIND DESCENT by Nevada Barr
Released: March 23, 1998

"This installment is the most suspenseful of all, even though claustrophobes are well-advised to stock up on Prozac before turning the first page."
When Mesa Verde National Park dispatcher Frieda Dierkz, on an avocational expedition to explore and survey the Lechuguilla cave in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns, is trapped 800 feet beneath the earth's surface by a head injury and a shattered leg, the person she asks authorities above to send after her is her friend Anna Pigeon. Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 1997

"Anna's fifth isn't as baffling or dramatically urgent as the remarkable Firestorm (1996), but it is as poetically written and exquisitely clued as any of the others."
If you've been waiting for Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon to get a posting on the East Coast, you'll be happy to know that she's unofficially moonlighting as midwife to some endangered loggerhead turtles while she's working for a presuppression fire crew in Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore. Read full book review >
FIRESTORM by Nevada Barr
Released: March 19, 1996

"No matter what you read mysteries for, it's in here."
Another routine assignment for National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon—doubling as medic and security for a firefighting camp fighting a blaze in California's Lassen Volcanic Park—turns into a nightmare when the snowstorm that promised relief from the flames instead whips them up into a firestorm, isolating Anna's spike camp and leaving two firefighters dead: one from the fire, a second from a knife in his back. Read full book review >
ILL WIND by Nevada Barr
Released: April 6, 1995

"But the supporting characters have stubborn lives of their own — you never get the sense that they've spent their whole lives waiting to be suspects in a murder case — and Barr's sense of place is as wondrous as ever."
As historians and contractors slug it out over replacing the ancient waterlines in Mesa Verde National Park, noncombatant park ranger Anna Pigeon battles a demon of her own: her growing attraction to Stacy Meyers, a law-enforcement temp unhappily married (what did he and Rose Meyers ever see in each other, anyway?) and burdened with a special-needs stepchild. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 1994

"A crackling good mystery, fleshed out by a detective and a supporting cast far more human than they need to be."
Texas park ranger Anna Pigeon (Track of the Cat, 1993) proves she's much more than a regional specialist when she's reassigned to the frigid North Shore of Lake Superior and hears two divers' tales of finding six bodies in the Kamloops, a sunken 1927 wreck where there are supposed to be only five. Read full book review >
TRACK OF THE CAT by Nevada Barr
Released: March 1, 1993

"But Anna's low-key, unafraid narration makes up for it."
A West Texas park ranger's fatal mauling by a mountain lion is only the first of a series of suspicious accidents in the Guadalupe Mountains. Read full book review >
BITTERSWEET by Nevada Barr
Released: Sept. 4, 1984

"Outcast love in alkali flats—an easy-read yarn with lots of gay-pride preachment but no graphic sex."
Two lesbian lovers from Pennsylvania take on frontier Nevada in the 1870s, escaping from the double trouble of sexual double standards—in a non-explicit Sapphic western, with the emphasis on some bizarre pioneer coping. Read full book review >