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"Drained and haunted by the killings on Isle Royale, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and on administrative leave by order of her superintendent - the one bright spot in Anna's life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic - until the raft is lost in the
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"Drained and haunted by the killings on Isle Royale, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and on administrative leave by order of her superintendent - the one bright spot in Anna's life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic - until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student makes a grisly discovery. Hair and arms tangled in the downed branches between two boulders, more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman." Nature, it turns out, isn't the only one who wants to see the woman and her baby dead. Instead of the soul-soothing experience she'd longed for, Anna finds herself sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican desert to the steps of the Governor's Mansion in Austin.
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On administrative leave for post-traumatic stress disorder, Anna Pigeon takes a trip to South Texas for a bit of rest and relaxation. At first, the desert beauty of Big Bend National Park and the majesty of the Rio Grande have a soothing effect, until a white-water rafting expedition goes awry and a young college student goes temporarily missing. From there, matters escalate quickly, straitjacketing Anna into a whole new round of stress and murder.
Maureen Corrigan
As Borderline demonstrates, Anna is a character whose best features surface in adversity. When she's at rest, she's somewhat depressed and flaccid; but when she's sweating and, yes, sometimes even bleeding, she's stoic, strong and beautiful.
—The Washington Post
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Bestseller Barr skillfully blends sticky border issues, marital strife and politics in her exciting 15th novel to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon. Anna, on leave because she's still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder suffered in 2008's Winter Study, takes a delayed honeymoon with her sheriff husband, a rafting trip in Texas's Big Bend National Park. The Rio Grande reveals a number of surprises, including a stranded cow and, more disturbingly, a dying pregnant woman caught in a strainer. Fortunately, the resourceful Anna is able to perform a C-section and save the baby's life if not the mother's. Things get really serious after a sniper kills first the couple's guide and then a fellow rafter. Meanwhile, at Big Bend's Chisos Mountain Lodge, Houston mayor Judith Pierson announces she's running for governor, and her security chief must worry about keeping Pierson's errant husband in line. The vivid Texas backdrop lends color. Author tour. (Apr.)

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Will a river-running trip down the Rio Grande help park ranger Anna Pigeon recover from her devastating winter in Isle Royale (Winter Study)? Wrung out and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, Anna has been put on administrative leave. She and husband Paul opt to vacation in Texas's Big Bend National Park. The group trip quickly hits the rapids, leaving them raftless and helping a half-drowned woman give birth at the river's edge. Who is she, and is she a Mexican national? When this stranger dies and a sharpshooter starts aiming at the tourists, Anna moves into full gear-with a newborn baby in her arms. The parallel story involves Darden White, a longtime security guard smoothing the way for his charge, who is launching a campaign for governor at Big Bend. Mayor Judith Pierson is as scrappy as Anna, and when the two story lines intersect, fierce action ensues. Straddling the U.S.-Mexico border, the Rio Grande makes a fitting metaphor for the undercurrents in our two countries' relationships. Leave it to Anna to tackle both racism and sexism in her usual, indefatigable way. An essential series for all public library mystery collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ12/08.]
—Teresa L. Jacobsen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440703591
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Series: Anna Pigeon Series , #15
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Nevada  Barr
Nevada Barr is the award-winning author of thirteen previous Anna Pigeon mysteries, including the New York Times bestsellers Hard Truth and High Country. She lives in New Orleans.

Biography

Nevada Barr was born in the small western town of Yerington, Nevada and raised on a mountain airport in the Sierras. Both her parents were pilots and mechanics and her sister, Molly, continued the tradition by becoming a pilot for USAir.

Pushed out of the nest, Nevada fell into the theatre, receiving her BA in speech and drama and her MFA in acting before making the pilgrimage to New York City, then Minneapolis, MN. For 18 years she worked on stage, in commercials and industrial training films, and did voice-overs for radio. During this time she became interested in the environmental movement and began working in the National Parks during the summers -- Isle Royale in Michigan, Guadalupe Mountains in Texas, Mesa Verde in Colorado, and then on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.

Woven throughout these seemingly disparate careers was the written word. Nevada wrote and presented campfire stories, taught storytelling, and was a travel writer and restaurant critic. Her first novel, Bitterweet, was published in 1983. The Anna Pigeon series, featuring a female park ranger as the protagonist, started when she married her love of writing with her love of the wilderness, the summer she worked in west Texas. The first book, Track of the Cat, was brought to light in 1993 and won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for best first mystery. The series was well received, and A Superior Death, loosely based on Nevada's experiences as a boat patrol ranger on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, was published in 1994. In 1995, Ill Wind came out. It was set in Mesa Verde, Colorado, where Nevada worked as a law enforcement ranger for two seasons. The rest is, shall we say, history.
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In our interview with Barr, she disclosed three interesting facts about herself:

"I will forget your face and name, but never your stories."

"I love to sing but can clear a concert hall at the drop of a note."

"I lie, but never about the important stuff -- and I get to decide what is the important stuff."

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    1. Hometown:
      Clinton, Mississippi
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 1, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yerington, Nevada
    1. Education:
      B.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1974; M.A., University of California at Irvine, 1977
    2. Website:

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    Anna Pigeon Rides Again!

    Although I love all of Anna Pigeon's adventures in the various national parks, this one was close to my heart because of the Texas setting. The story is exciting, with as many twists and turns as the Rio Grande itself. The only bone I have to pick with Nevada Barr is her lack of research into how Child Protective Services in Texas is set up. The glaring errors in terminology and how the agency works was VERY distracting to me since I actually work for CPS in Texas! But overall, this book on CD definitely kept me entertained as I traveled (across Texas, no less!)and made my trip much more enjoyable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    One of her best

    This was one of the best Anna Pigeon stories. It wasn't as gory as some and it showed a softer side of Anna. This one I had trouble putting down.
    Great setting, brought in some current political issues without forcing an opinion and interesting charachters

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    For mystery buffs, good reading with sensational background of our national parks. Believable action sequences are paired with just enough introspection to keep plot moving.

    "Our heroine", Anna Pigeon has developed over the years as she moves from one national park to another. The plot device of her annual moves strikes a slightly unbelievable note, but it sure allows the writer to incorporate the scenery into the action. I would like to visit most of these parks someday instead of just experiencing them vicariously. I will NEVER go white-water rafting (too chicken) and this is the next-best thing. Throwing in murder and general mayhem and the rescue of an emaciated cow makes for an exciting read. Nevada Barr was once a park ranger herself, and uses this first-hand knowledge of the system to provide an authentic framework for her novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Barr's "Borderline" IS Borderline Between Good and Banal

    I always look forward to a new Navada Barr and another encounter with Ranger Anna Pigeon. In her latest offering, "Borderline," I was disappointed. The book is set on the border between the United States and Mexico and brings together Pigeon, her too-good-to-be-true husband, a too-psychotic-to-be-true politician, her too-old-to-be-so-besotted bodyguard and several other characters in a plot that is so outre as to be "offbeat" but not in a good way. Oh yeah, there is also a baby whose birth leads Pigeon to discover a maternal instinct just when she needs her killer instinct most. And I almost forgot the college students who should have gone to Cancun for spring break rather than on a white water rafting trip with Pigeon and her husband. The book raised interesting points about life along the border with Mexico, and the descriptions of the scenery and of the physical suffering of Pigeon and the other characters were, as usual, stunning and excruciating, repectively. This book, however, was not up to Barr's usual standards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Edge-of-Your-Seat Book by Nevada Barr

    Nevada Barr returns with another exciting Anna Pigeon mystery. This book was compelling from beginning to end and was less graphic than the previous four books in the series. The premise was interesting, if not original. The writing was tight and kept me turning pages late into the night. I hope she keeps writing more like this one because it was a great escape. Definitely worth your time to read it if you like a well-written story that hooks you from the first page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Borderline(Anna Pigeon Series #15)

    I have read all of the Anna Pigeon series and this one is not one of her best. I would have liked the background of the the characters other than Anna developed a bit more. I always like the settings of the books and learning about National Parks and I couldn't get the feel for this Park because the main characters weren't as connected to the Park or at least they didn't seem to be. It was worth the read however and I always enjoy a good story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Windclan borders

    Leader: none yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Jack

    * hops out of a tree with a bow in Links face * bye bye Link * whosh the arrow shot her in the face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Rain

    Hey link!!!

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    Posted October 28, 2012

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Typical great Nevada Barr

    After reading her books since she started, I continue to be impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Easy read. Good mystery.

    Anna was presented as always - strong willed, resourceful and cunning, when needed. The addition of infant care shows a side of Anna not seen in her previous adventures. Not a great book but a fun entertaining read.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Sorry...this was a very poor read for me.

    This was the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I will not read another. I picked this one because I have been to Big Bend many times and thought this might be an interesting read. It was not. There are just too many good authors "out there" with excellent books. I went from this book to reading Laura Hildebrands "Unbroken" and then "The Killer of Little Shephards" and was blown away by both books. "Borderline" was not even borderline in good writing or reading...
    .............deward O benton

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    More Upbeat for a Change

    I am a big fan of Nevada Barr, but the last few books have seen Anna Pigeon sinker deeper into darkness. This "Deliverance" type story of a raft trip seems to finally be delivering a note of hope for Anna to overcome her inner turmoil, which is most welcome. As always the setting is spectacular, the story compelling and the writing masterful. Well done.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    A Great Anytime Read

    I love Nevada Barr mysteries because they never let you down, and this one is no exception. As ususal Anna Pigeon, a national park ranger and one of Barr's re-occurring detectives, is in one of our country's great national parks where she gets involved in a murder that she must solve. Barr's descriptions of the national park locations and their unique attractions really add to the color of the books. I have visited some of the parks and enjoyed the parks even more looking for the sites of the books and the other park attractions I've read about in her books. In addition, Barr's choice of supporting characters and their development is always interesting. I find many of the characters are the type of people I know in my life. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting read. Enjoy.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Good read!!

    I enjoy Nevada Barr's insight into the works of the National Park System. This work had all the elements of the intricacies of the national system of border problems. It was also a good interplay of personalities.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    A little dark

    I found this book slightly depressing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Texas setting

    Interesting setting along the Rio Grande and in Big Ben National Park. Hard at first to link all the characters together, but it makes sense by the time you're a third of the way into the book. Texas characters are not favorably characterized, the mayor of Houston and her entourage, in particular. Some interesting reflection of border tensions and racial stereotyping in the story.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Disappointing... one of the very few books I won't finish

    First of all, this is the first book i'v read by nevada barr. when i bought it i bought it off of where it says "other people who bought this book also bought this..." when I was buying another book. I read the description and thought I would try a new author. I didn't realize that I was stepping into the 15th book of a series. that kinda ruined it for me. this also isn't the "type" of book I would normally read. well basically i didn't find this book appealing once i started it. it was REALLY slow to start getting anywhere. I would realize that I had read several paragraphs and wasn't even paying attention and then had to go back and reread them. Once things started getting interesting (and I use that word loosly) they got, how to put this correctly, disturbing. I didn't find it very nice that I was reading about Anna performing a c-section on a dead woman (with all the goary details) at night right before I went to sleep. I guess I'm just disappointed in this book, it sounded so promising. Oh well.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Listen up!!

    Anna is perfect to accompany a long road trip up Highway 5 from CA to WA!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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