Nevada Barr





Nevada Barr


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in Yerington, Nevada, The United States
March 01, 1952

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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in theatre, but decided to be a park ranger. In 1984 she published her first novel, Bittersweet, a bleak lesbian historical novel set in the days of the Western frontier.

While working in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Barr created the Anna Pigeon series. Pigeon is a law enforcement officer with the United States National Park Service. Each book i
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Track of the Cat (Anna Pige...

3.85 avg rating — 11,087 ratings — published 1993 — 16 editions
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Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon,...

4.04 avg rating — 6,485 ratings — published 1998 — 17 editions
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A Superior Death (Anna Pige...

3.90 avg rating — 6,039 ratings — published 1994 — 18 editions
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Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)

3.88 avg rating — 5,677 ratings — published 1995 — 17 editions
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Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)

3.96 avg rating — 5,424 ratings — published 1996 — 21 editions
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Flashback (Anna Pigeon, #11)

3.88 avg rating — 5,131 ratings — published 2003 — 32 editions
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Borderline (Anna Pigeon, #15)

3.87 avg rating — 5,185 ratings — published 2009 — 24 editions
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Winter Study (Anna Pigeon, ...

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High Country (Anna Pigeon, ...

3.87 avg rating — 5,031 ratings — published 2004 — 28 editions
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Deep South (Anna Pigeon, #8)

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“Deliberately, she took a long drink. It wasn't as good as she remembered, but then little was. She caught herself in that thought and was ashamed. Cynicism was okay, bitterness a pain in the neck. The hairline difference between the two was hope and humor. The cynic had both, the embittered, nothing.”
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“perhaps love was like the mumps. If a woman came down with it after forty, it could kill her”
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“Anna remembered her fifth grade teacher, Mr. White, telling her that hatred wasn't the worst of emotions. If one hated, one still cared. Indifference was the most inhuman.”
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Synopsis of the first book, Track of the Cat:
The memory of violence and loss droveAnna Pigeon from the city to seek peace in theSouthwestern wilderness. Now a ranger inAmerica's national parks, Anna is at one withnature and its serene, unspoiled majesty. But thebrutal death of a fellow ranger in the remote WestTexas backcountry -- presumably by mountain lionattack-looks suspiciously like murder to Anna.And her unauthorized investigation into thetragedy is placing her squarely in harm's way. Fora trail with few leads winds through dangerousterritory -- where Anna must confront the dark sideof the desert ... and the human heart
 
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READ THE SENSATIONAL BLOCKBUSTER THAT STARTED IT ALL!

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