This is a mystery/thriller written by Nevada Barr; a very accomplished author with a large portfolio of mysteries set in National Parks with Anna Pigeon, a park ranger as the protagonist. Although the series is well established, this book is fresh, clear and stands on itself without the traditional clutter that series often load up in later editions. It is set in the Yosemite National Park and concerns missing persons. Anna Pigeon goes undercover and the story unfolds. Nevada Barr is wonderful guide to Yosemite and the life of the support staff that work in the various jobs supporting tourism. On that note alone, you get a glimpse into a unique subculture.
The story is a journey toward knowledge and justice with good humor, interesting characters and high adventure. I must say that Nevada placed one of the most stunning chase tales in this book I have every experienced.
And, this book is tidy. All of the characters and their roles eventually come to light. There is a gradual process of revelation so that when the villains become known, it is logical and you as a reader/listener can see the links and feel it is all believable.
I highly recommend this novel for lovers of thrilling mysteries.
Finally the narration was excellent, unique voices for each of the characters. Barbara Rosenblat did a very good job on the male voices...a tricky thing when there are a large number of male characters.
I hated for this book to end.
The chase in the Sierras.
The opening scene in the dining room. It just set the novel in motion with the perils and foibles of being a waitress when fine dining and tourist's desire for fast food can clash. In just a few pages, we are introduced to a large number of the key players in a very subtle scene.
I laughed out loud several times. Nevada Barr puts some funny asides and irony in the self-reflective Anna Pigeon's reverie. This is no big ego with Anna. She is human, with emotions, sentiments, and even a dark side.
This is the first book I have listened to by Nevada Barr. Her stories are rich in detail, character development and plot.
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