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The Rope (Anna Pigeon Series #17)

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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

How it all began...

Fans of Nevada Barr's long-running series of novels about park ranger Anna Pigeon are in for a slight but enjoyable detour with "The Rope." Instead of advancing the series in time, it takes us back to the beginning, when Anna, in 1995, first gets involved in ranger work...
Fans of Nevada Barr's long-running series of novels about park ranger Anna Pigeon are in for a slight but enjoyable detour with "The Rope." Instead of advancing the series in time, it takes us back to the beginning, when Anna, in 1995, first gets involved in ranger work as a seasonal employee on the shores of Lake Powell. The novel opens with Pigeon's co-workers wondering why she's disappeared, and some thinking she skedaddled back to New York after finding the work too difficult.

The truth is far different. Anna is lying naked, her head aching from a blow and one arm dislocated, at the bottom of a "jar" -- a smooth-sided canyon that can only be accessed or escaped by a ladder that Anna doesn't have. As the sun beats down, she finds what appears to be a miracle -- a canteen containing water. Anna drinks it and sleeps -- the water was drugged. When she wakes, she finds the word "whore" carved into the flesh of her thigh.

How Anna escapes her prison and unravels the clues to find the identity of her assailant form the basis for a mystery that keeps the reader's interest, whether a first-timer to the series or a fan who's read all of the Pigeon books. Going back to the beginning, The Rope establishes Anna's self-reliant personality and the ways it is tested by her ordeal in the desert and her dealings with others. Supporting characters are also well-defined, as well as details about the not-so-glamorous life of a park ranger. It's a good read.

posted by EileenGalen on January 28, 2012

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good book, interesting plot, couldn't stop reading it, HOWEVER,

Good book, interesting plot, couldn't stop reading it, HOWEVER, seriously under edited. I had to skip a lot of boring repetitive dialogue and musings to keep my interest.

posted by 144988 on May 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    I've read all the Anna Pigeon books but this could be the last o

    I've read all the Anna Pigeon books but this could be the last one I read. Anna's actions after she escapes the "jar" defy all logic. There's absolutely no reason for her to place herself in the position she does. I had to suspend belief at that point and just finish the book because "that's what I do!"

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Think Twice!!

    This book was so boring I didn't even finish it!!

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