The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel

The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel

by Nevada Barr
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The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon's first case—this is the story her fans have been clamoring for...this is where it all starts.

In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr's bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna's past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on—her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she found herself in this situation.

As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, determination and will to live that she didn't even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and triumph.

For those legions of readers who have been entranced over the years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon's strength and determination and those who are new to Nevada Barr's captivating, compelling novels, this is where it all starts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429951135
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Anna Pigeon Series , #17
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 43,310
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for her New York Times bestselling,
award-winning mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Ranger, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans, LA.

Nevada Barr is the author of the series of New York Times bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, a law enforcement park ranger. Her novels include Winter Study, Borderline and Burn. She won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for Track of the Cat. Like her character, Barr worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger before resigning to write full time.  She had postings to  such parks as Guadalupe Mountains National  Park in Texas (where Anna Pigeon was created) and  Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.  She lives in New Orleans.


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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The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As in all her work, Navada Barr brings the sights, sounds, smells and textures of her local to vivid life. The story is peopled with quirky characters and a very special little animal. There is relentless tension with a creepy undercurrent of psychosis close at hand. I love the character, Jenny. I hope Ms. Barr will write another retrospective Anna Pigion novel so we can more of her.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Awesome Weekend Read. Loved it from beginning to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Pheasant90 More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing! I'm a big fan, and was glad to see some solid back-story on Anna Pigeon. Some parts felt a little stretched, but all in all a great story and a really good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Nevada Barr books in the Anna Pigeon series, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. This prequel is no exception--it was excellent. On a scale of one to ten, I would give it a ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a winner. Exciting to know about Anna's start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RFD More than 1 year ago
Unlike other Nevada Barr books that I've read, this book is a dark and depressing book with no redeeming qualities that I could find. Since our book club chose to read this book, I tried to force myself to read it. Every page was misery. I would manage to get through maybe two pages at a time before I couldn't bear it any longer. I can't imagine why or how someone would want to write about this unrelieved misery. This depiction of Anna Pigeon was nothing like the ones in her other books. There are some very good Anna Pigeon books out there, but not this one. I have to wonder why she wrote this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books. Full of adventure, drama, excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My high hopes for a prequel to the Anna Pigeon series were not only destroyed, but they were ground into dust. This book was incredibly boring and Anna came across as not only an idiot, but a helpless one at that. The book dragged on and I slogged through it, thinking about how I wished it would end already. This doesn't even seem like a part if the same series, possibly not even written by the same author. Books 1-15 were all at least pretty good. Books 16 and 17 were way out in left field. If Nevada Barr had a ghost writer, I wish she would have read the series before trying to add to it. If it is actually Barr doing the writing, I have to wonder what the heck happened to her? Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Nevada Barr's books featuring Anna Pidgeon are some of the best books I've ever read and this story is no exception. They are full of action and great suspense, plus the descriptions of the parks and surrounding areas come to life as you read. I've been to many of the National Parks Ms Barr's writes about, and she describes them just as I remember them. To the reviewer who rated this book a 3, why not rate the story line on its own merit rather than on editing errors? The fact that you finished reading the book anyway proves how good it is.
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MMS-RET More than 1 year ago
The story is really a "pre-quel" to the Anna Pigeon books. The character studies, including those of Anna and the other rangers is well delineated and interesting. Some parts of the book are exciting and thrilling The identity of the criminal is not a secret but the way he is brought to justice adds to the drama.
VPat More than 1 year ago
This novel fleshes out Anna Pigeon's character and makes her more real. A great mystery, loads of information about the setting - everything that makes me love her novels.
ohenrysmom More than 1 year ago
This book was so boring I didn't even finish it!!
e-l-g More than 1 year ago
An excellent and interesting read to help the reader understand many of Anna's motivations and memories that make her such an interesting character. She has had many adventures, but none quite as desperate as this, yet her courage never really wavers. No great mystery, but still a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I have never read a bad book by Nevada Barr. Every single novel has been absolutely awesome. This one was especially good in that it shows her first experience with a mystery in a national park. Excellent book and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good - 340 pagrs
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lovecavaliers More than 1 year ago
This is a good one. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A "prequel", if you will, from Ms. Barr of Anna Pigeon's beginning with the National Park Service. For those of you who've read all the rest of the series, this book goes back to when Anna has recently lost her husband, in her mid-30's, and feels the need to get away from New York, and those memories, as far as possible. She is fragile, and weak, and gets into one physical mess after another. She eventually realizes that she's stronger than she thinks, and despite repeated attempts on her life, she ultimately prevails. I really liked the concept, of going back with Anna. It'd had been several years since the last book, and I think Barr may have wondered where she would go with Anna. If you're a fan of Anna Pigeon, you will definitely like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago