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Publisher's Summary

When Park Ranger Anna Pigeon answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, once a producing plantation and inn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway, the last thing she expects to encounter is a naked and very dead man. His body bears what looks like the brutal scars of an S&M ritual gone terribly wrong. When the deceased turned out to be the brother of a candidate for the office of local sheriff, a host of cover-ups, hidden agendas, old allegiances, and buried secrets begins to emerge. Follow Anna as she fights for her life in this intensely suspenseful and exquisitely written tour-de-force of modern mystery.
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© Nevada Barr; (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"As usual, the writing is first-rate, with vivid characters and atmospheric background." (Publishers Weekly)
"The edgy, fast-paced tale generates plenty of tension, making the most of several nighttime crimes, and Barr does a good job of developing the character of Anna, adding romance to the mix and giving the ranger plenty of opportunity to display her slightly dark, off-center wit." (Booklist)

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Ranger with an attitude

I like the Anna Pigeon/Nevada Barr novels, and I've read and/or listened to many of them. I like the mystery combined with Anna's middle aged woman's angst about life and her complex feelings toward others. It is a good study of humanity.

A minor nit is the anti-hunting bias which is evident in many books in the series, but this one is a little over the top. Barr characterizes all hunters as cretins, never allowing a single ethical example to enter the story.

I wouldn't complain about the anti-hunter bias except that such an attitude is atypical of all the Park Rangers I've met, who generally understand the need for hunters and the revenue they provide for wildlife welfare.

Still, it's a good book with some great characters. It's not the best Anna Pigeon book in the series, but it is worth your time.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Marius
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 09-08-06

Dark deeds in Yogi Bear country

A well-constructed story with interesting characters, but suffering a little from a tendency to stereotype. Hint: Closer to Neil Young than Lynard Skynard. The main character, Anna Pigeon, is feisty and likeable, but her continual introspection can cloy. Despite these quibbles, it’s a good listen, with an unexpected climax, complemented by a well-delivered and fitting narration by Barbara Rosenblat.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheila
  • cleburne, TX, United States
  • 03-27-10

Love Anna Pigeon via Barbara Rosenblat

While this is not Nevada Barr's most exciting, it is still one of my favorites. I have come to enjoy Anna Pigeon's thoroughly believable day-to-day life. As a character, she is a likeable, flawed and respect-worthy woman who is making her way in a hard profession, with just enough humor peppered throughout, to add some flavor and keep it all from getting too dark.
Barbara Rosenblat MAKES her real, and without this narrator, I fear I would not be such a devoted reader. If you like the outdoor life and would like to see/hear it through the eyes of a strong but often uncertain middle-aged woman, you will like this book, and most of Nevada Barr's other Anna Pigeon novels.
If not such a fan, then make a point of finding anything Barbara Rosenblat reads. She is SUPER.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lyn
  • Ely, MN, USA
  • 06-24-07

Fairly good but Nevada

is beginning to get a little too PETA leaning. I have always seen that she is writing about a ranger who sees no use for hunting or fishing, but this book is a little annoying with Anna Pigeon's opinions. (more than other books I have listened to on Ms Pigeon.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Love book, funny reader noises distracting..

Being a cozy mystery lover, I ventured into this authors work last year in a paper copy. Very different from my usual choices and I LOVE it! This is my second book from Nevada Barr, and I'll buy more. The narrator is very good, her voice is perfect for the outdoor setting but the funny squishy swallowing noises occasionally noticable sort of drive me nuts... at first I thought it was rustling pages, but it sounds more like an odd liquid noise. But for that, the narration is wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Unreasonable female lead

Not a story that appeals to me. The lead character shifted from strong and smart to whiney and vulnerable. The narrator is good but has a distracting swallow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very entertaining

Great story with wonderful characters. Ana is a fun heroine to follow. She is an interesting mix of strength and neurotic tendencies. Love her!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hunting Season

Any additional comments?

Audiobook. The park district sleuthing of Anna Pigeon is always a fun adventure, and Hunting Season doesn’t disappoint. Barbara Rosenblat has been the reader of these tales throughout the series, and there is an agressive devil-may-care conveyance that gives the character a well rounded flavor. It’s said that a good narrator makes a good story better, and there is no doubt that the years long partnership of Nevada Barr and Barbara Rosenblat has been a monumental success. It’s been a while since I visited this series, Hunting Season has convinced me to catch up! Fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 06-06-10

Nice Detective with a Naturalist Bent

This is a fine book with the culture of the south as part of its roots.
That it takes 1/2 of the book for any REAL drama to develop is not helpful.
I love the Detective Anna Pidgeon, she has real insight and who knew being a "ranger" could be as exciting as an inner city cop? (A very resourceful woman) Yay!
Still I don't want to call it a potboiler, because it is too original for that. But as for as excitement goes I WAS able to put it down, listen to another and then come back to it. NOT exactly a compelling "Who-done-It?" So it's average. There are some racial and feminist issues that might interest some but what is nice is they aren't portrayed as RACE issues. The fact that her color and gender are mostly taken for granted as no big deal is refreshing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 09-09-10

Too much saliva

I listen to many audiobooks and this one was very distracting because of the amount of loud swishing saliva noises in the narrator's mouth. I can't beleive the producers did not notice this. It was absolutely hideous! I nearly gave up on the book but wanted to find out how the story ended. The story was actually quite good except for the spit.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas
  • 09-17-06

Hunting Season - SMASHING

EVERYBODY should know about the Anna Pigeon series they make fantastic listening. I can?t believe that these stories aren?t more widely known, they should be made into films, TV programs, and radio plays anything! Nevada Bar?s writing is exciting and funny and full of surprises. Although this was my introduction to the series (and I think is the best), it?s not the first, however reading it out of sequence didn?t spoil my enjoyment of it or any of the earlier books when I got round to reading them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful