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Winter Study (Anna Pigeon Series #14)

Winter Study (Anna Pigeon Series #14)

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by Nevada Barr

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Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior, the wolf packs begin to behave in peculiar ways. Giant wolf prints are found, and Anna spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. When a female member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced they are being stalked, and what was once a


Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior, the wolf packs begin to behave in peculiar ways. Giant wolf prints are found, and Anna spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. When a female member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced they are being stalked, and what was once a beautiful, idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary…

Editorial Reviews

Early each year, as certain as the arrival of robins, a new Nevada Barr mystery appears. Each of these character-driven novels stars Park Ranger Anna Pigeon, and each is set in a different national park. Barr's 14th whodunit brings us to Lake Michigan's Isle Royale, where wolves share the company of one another and a small group of scientists studying their winter habits. All is not well in the wildlife refuge: A Homeland Security team seems intent on setting up shop, thus squelching this 50-year research project. With the suspicious arrival of a dangerous wolf/dog, serious dangers really begin to percolate.
Art Taylor
One might label this book Hound of the Baskervilles meets And Then There Were None meets a Michael Crichton novel, and the narrative itself references works ranging from "Little Red Riding Hood" to The Shining. But this is a Nevada Barr book through and through, with its careful examination of how humans interact with the natural world, its infectious fascination with nature in general and those dense, resonant descriptions…Barr skillfully uses archetypal images of the wolf—myths, fairy tales and more—to deepen the suspense: wolf at the door, wolf in sheep's clothing, werewolves among us. But Pigeon knows that "wolves' reputation as cold-blooded killers of little girls in red capes was unearned," and ultimately it's not the wolf out there that's frightening, but the more sinister human nearby.
—The Washington Post
Marilyn Stasio
This is Barr's first book in three years, and she seems to have been saving up all the special effects. The blizzards, the dangerous ice and the manhunts through the frozen woods are described with crisp, hard-edged beauty. And the wolves, those maligned "ogres of childhood," are magnificent.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Barr's chilling 14th mystery thriller to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon (after 2005's Hard Truth), Anna joins the team of Winter Study, a research project intended to study the wolves and moose of Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, the setting for 1994's A Superior Death. Complicating the study is Bob Menechinn, an untrustworthy Homeland Security officer assigned to shadow the research. Crowded into inhospitable lodgings and persecuted by unrelenting cold, Anna is far from her comfort zone as nature turns awry with a series of bizarre events. The team stumbles upon the tracks-and the mutilated victim-of a preternaturally large, unidentified beast, and local packs of wolves descend on human-populated areas, a behavior out of step with their species. The campfire legends of youth metastasize into adult fears as Anna must piece together a connection between these anomalies while guarding herself from the strangers around her. Barr's visceral descriptions of the winter cold nicely complement the paranoia that follows the appearance of the mythic monsters at play. Author tour. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

In this 14th Anna Pigeon book, Isle Royale on Lake Superior is the scene of murder, but in the winter, when only the wolf research team and a delegate from Homeland Security inhabit the lonely outpost. As with any sequel, Barr (Hard Truth) raises the stakes with threats to her characters, especially Anna, not just from the cold but from one another, as virtually everyone is a suspect. Anna may be more superhuman than usual here as the climactic face-off occurs with Barr's descriptions embracing the terror to its fullest effect. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat is exemplary yet again, capturing the tension and menace as well as the fear. The series isn't suffering from Anna's aging or her marriage. This New York Times best seller is highly recommended.
—Joyce Kessel

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Anna Pigeon Series , #14
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4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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Winter Study (Anna Pigeon Series #14) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Nevada Barr puts you into the environment and makes nature the most honest character. I learned about the effects of extreme cold on animals and humans and about the restricted ecosystem of Isle Royale, just south of the Canadian border. The twisting plot left me guessing. My husband enjoyed Winter Study as well, and he rarely finishes a book that is not about military history or politics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beyond the stellar series hero Anna Pigeon (by herself enough to recommend the book), 'Winter Study' has a wonderfully visual setting: Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, where Anna has joined a research project on the area's wolf and moose population. Complicating the study is the presence of the Dept of Homeland Security due to border security concerns. Amid the unforgivingly harsh winter weather, with it's blinding blizzards and teeming darkness, comes a deadly attack on a fellow researcher by an unknown, abnormally large and powerful animal, and the odd, unusually provocative behavior by local wolf packs against the region's human-populated settlements. Hanging over it all is the irrational paranoia of legendary ghosts and mythical beasts. But Anna has more to contend with than just old campfire stories: there are several scenes of satisfyingly brutal violence, as well as terrifying natural threats to overcome. I think this is one of the series' grimmest entries (which I like), with spine-tingling dread and suspense building on every page. Highly recommended if you don't mind the darker nature of the story and the villains.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually love Nevada Barr's novels. This one was more then a little hard to get through. And sorry, some of the plot lines were less then probable. Lets just say... I would hope if I 'disappeared' in the middle of the bitterly freezing cold night, that the search party would use snow mobiles rather then cross-country skis.
Babydoclaz More than 1 year ago
In this fascinating account of Isle Royale's Winter Study, Nevada Barr has given the reader a rich description of the park and the wolves who live there. Her human characters are equally compelling, and her main character, Anna Pigeon, has her own unique viewpoint about the other characters in this book. Anna's adventures on Isle Royale are gripping, and keep you at the edge of your seat. I think this is one of Ms. Barr's best works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More of what we have come to expect from Barr. She makes you feel her settings - I felt the cold as I read this
PearlMM More than 1 year ago
I have all of Nevada Barr's books and love them. I can relate to the places where her books take place as I was in the Forest Service and have actually been to many of these places. I like her character Anna, because she is very down to earth and also a strong woman. I got so caught up in the story it was hard to put it down after the first few chapters.
star60 More than 1 year ago
All of her books are really good and this one is no exception. I always look forward to books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually I enjoy Nevada Barr's books. This story was so bizarre and disjointed, it was difficult to get involved in the story. Identifying the 'bad guy' was easy...he was also so one-dimensional it was hard to even think of him as a real villian. Don't waste your money on this one.
FluffyOH More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry I can't read 24 hours a day, because Nevada Barr keeps me spellbound.
Sheltie More than 1 year ago
Barr is a former National Park Service professional, so that gives her insight into how things really work in that agency. This is no exception. I just finished the title and I am now developing dreams of actually visiting Isle Royale National Park, the place where this story is set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author sets up characters and scene at National Park in winter. Details make you climb under blankets to stay warm while the plot unfolds. At the end of a chapter you cannot stop but are enticed to read some more of the mystery plot. Animals are as much a part of the intrigue as the people.
Smiley-in-the-Sunshine More than 1 year ago
interesting info. regarding wildlife study and evaluation--- excellent personal story which was hard to put down-- could read until I am finished, but life gets in the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Nevada Barr combines regional facts with a murder thriller. Anna Pigeon is sent off to Isle Royal with researchers to study wolves. Superstition, sub zero temperatures and murder will keep you on the edge of the seat. Exciting from start to finish.
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
If you like a lead character who lurches (and escapes) from one life-threatening crisis to another, you'll have no problem with Winter Study. Popular park ranger Anna Pigeon is back, this time at Isle Royale in Northern Michigan. Murder, disappearance, and suicide abound among a team studying the habits of wolves on this isolated island. I liked the author's vivid descriptions of winter in the far north and the challenges a small team of scientists faces living in primitive and close quarters in this environment. The constant "Perils of Pauline" elements of the story were a bit much for me - right down to Anna being set adrift on floating ice and a literal cliff-hanger at the end of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Winter Study' reveals the married, 50 year old and still indomitable Anna Pigeon in the far north winter crucible of Isle Royale. The very existence of the 50- year-old scientific wolf study on Isle Royale is threatened by recent Homeland Administration policy. Anna endures the hardships of winter wolf research and triumphs over evil hiding in the midst of a small community of researchers. Her transcending pragmatism also finds moral and humorous resolution in the struggle between predator and prey, good and evil. The struggle is cold, terrifying and exhausting. This is one of my favorite adventures of Anna Pigeon. It was chilling! Nevada Barr is one author my husband and I enjoy together. We love to listen to her tales while traveling. I've enjoyed the 'spectacular solitude' of Isle Royale, the Boundary Waters and Ely, MN. I recommend a trip to Isle Royale DURING THE SUMMER!
harstan More than 1 year ago
District Ranger Anna Pigeon of Rocky Mountains National Park is going to have wolves in the park to know what to expect she is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior where scientists have been studying the wolves in their natural habitat for fifty years. They can work without tourists around as the park is closed for several moths due to dangerous weather. Homeland Security would like the park opened year round as it is on the Canadian border they send Bob Menchinn to determine the feasibility.---------- Strange things are happening on the isolated island beginning with Anna¿s first night there. A group of seven wolves walk by the cabin where Anna and the winter study group resides. This anomaly shakes everyone as wolves normally avoid humans. Anna sees a giant wolf almost twice the size of a normal sized wolf and humongous paw prints. They think it is a wolf/dog hybrid and soon afterward an assistant is mauled to death by the wolves, which have no reported history of assaulting humans. The words ¿help me¿ appear on an ice coated window. Anna knows something is wrong and begins investigating just before another scientist disappears in what looks like a kidnapping making her inquiries even more urgent.----------- A new Anna Pigeon mystery is a treat for fans of the series who expect the best from Nevada Barr and gets it with this strong ¿closed door¿ whodunit in a wintry outdoors setting. As Anna digs into the lives of the scientists and their aides, she uncovers dark secrets and blackmail, hidden agendas and ties to a cold (pun intended) case. Readers will enjoy armchair trekking with Anna as she seeks the truth allegedly of a killer wolf stalking humans.----------- Harriet Klausner
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Wondderful book couldnnot put it down
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