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Publisher's Summary

Accomplished storyteller Nevada Barr captivates fans with her tightly-woven plots, vibrant descriptions, and believable characters. In this thrilling mystery, her resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon, travels to northern California where she joins the forces battling an out-of-control forest fire.

Ever since a fire began raging through Lassen Volcanic National Park, Anna has been acting as medic and security officer for the spike camp firefighters. As the blaze dwindles and the camp demobilizes, she stays behind with a small crew to rescue an injured man. Suddenly a thunderstorm whips the remaining embers into a deadly firestorm. After the inferno passes, Anna discovers a crew member didn't make it, but a knife, not the fire, killed him.

Nevada Barr creates scenes so powerful you can almost feel the intense heat and smell the billowing smoke. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings out the nail-biting suspense as Anna searches for the killer within the small band of survivors.

Listen to more Anna Pigeon mysteries.
©1996 Nevada Barr (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"While Anna, with her compassion, toughness, and abundant one-liners, calls Kinsey Milhone to mind, Barr's character is a true original. And for excitement, her line of work can't be beat". (Publishers Weekly)
"Anna Pigeon, Barr's down-to-earth heroine, is a delight, with her no-nonsense approach to crime solving and her commonsense approach to life....Top-flight entertainment." (Booklist)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Firestorm (unabridged)

This is my favorite of all her books. Not only does it have a good mystery to be solved,but Nevada Barr takes you right there on the mountain fighting the fire. There were times I could almost smell the smoke. Her ability to take you into the daily life of National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon sets her books apart from other mysteries. I enjoy reading about the beautiful yet perilous settings as well as the inner workings of the Park Service in all of her books. Barbara Rosenblat does a great job as narrator.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Not her best

I have heard a number of Anna Pigeon novels, but found it hard to keep track of the characters in this one. You do get caught up in the intensity of the fire and their suffering, but I couldn't keep the people straight as to who did what, etc. The murder mystery part of the plot isn't as interesting as in her others.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Waterboro, ME, USA
  • 01-28-06

always a good pick

Once again Nevada Barr hits a bullseye!
Her stories are intriguing and emotional.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Well written, but ....

Maybe, happy endings for gay couples didn't get written till a decade after this series?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Maurine
  • SANDY, UT, United States
  • 09-13-13

My favorite Nevada Barr book

What made the experience of listening to Firestorm the most enjoyable?

Great book and the narrator did a good job of bringing the story to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Slow

The story seemed to drag on forever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JL
  • 08-06-18

makes me wanna change jobs.

these books are a great adventure along with learning about our parks. can i have annas job? :)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Nature can kick your @%#

Nothing can stop Anna Pigeon – not even a raging wildfire. Anna and a motley crew of good guys and bad guys emerge from their “shake and bake” fire shelters to a world where all the food and water has been burned up and the weather has cut off all help. They have to build a little community and survive for a few days, injured and traumatized – with a murderer in their midst. In a parallel story, Fred the Fed is back, nerding methodically along to help Anna solve her mystery before the murderer takes her out, too.

I missed Barr’s usual descriptions of the healing beauty of nature, but she gives us instead its unbridled power to kick our asses.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

love the book. love the narrator but...

I love this series and the narrator but if she could quit making swallowing noises on the recording. it drives me nuts and starts to grate on your nerves!

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Sorry that it Ended

It's goin to see where Anna is going to turn up! I think her character is developing nicely and that she is building a life where we get to feel a part of. Great storytelling.