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Firestorm (Anna Pigeon #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  5,915 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
A raging forest fire in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park traps exhausted firefighters, including Ranger Anna Pigeon, in its midst. Afterward, Anna finds two from her group have been killed. One a victim of the flames. The other, stabbed through the heart. Now, as a rampaging winter storm descends, cutting the survivors off from civilization, Anna must uncover the ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 340 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 1996)
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This is a very enjoyable mystery. Has a lot of similarities with a country house mystery. You have a limited group of suspects and they are isolated. Though, they are isolated in a stressful situation while being trapped by a wildfire.

This is the fourth of the Anna Pigeon mysteries that are all set in National Parks. This one is no different, being set a Lassen Volcanic National Park dur
Feb 14, 2013 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The good: I learned a ton about wildfires and wildfire survival. The book itself tends a bit towards the infodump, but the information is generally so interesting that this is not too problematic. Barr herself has worked as a seasonal park ranger, later a full park ranger, and she clearly knows what she is talking about. I love books where a specialist uses fiction as a means to teach in an enjoyable way, and Barr's books always fall under this category.

The bad: As usual in Barr's books, I had r
Donna Roberts
Jun 01, 2014 Donna Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Nevada Barr book so far

Fast-paced, Firestorm kept me at the edge of my seat. Couldn't put this book down until I finished it. The murderer was a complete mystery until almost the end
, and the ending had a very satisfying twist.
Anna, Anna, Anna. You continue to surprise me.

On an assignment from Mesa Verde to assist with the firefighters in Northern California, and she uncovers a killer. Don't worry, my boy Fredrick Stanton attempts to ride in on his white horse, but Anna doesn't need that. She's still not sure what she needs. She's a marshmallow inside, sure, but she's walnut hard on the outside.

Anyway, everyone's a suspect and they all seem shady, except Harold Black Elk who just seemed awesome. And Anna solves the c
] Firestorm by Nevada Barr

I always enjoy Nevada Barrs ' work, despite the fact that I haven't been reading about National Parks Ranger Anna Pigeon's exploits, in sequential order. This is one of her earlier works, number four in the series. California's Lassen Volcanic National Park is the setting, and Anna is there, high in the mountains, serving as a medical technician for crews fighting a major forest fire. There is plenty of interesting information about this extremely dangerous job, the strategies involved to comb
I don't know why but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous 3 in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna , who is a Park Ranger, and a team of fire fighters from other services have been caught in a firestorm in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. I'd never heard of this park prior to reading this book. Anyway, two people and a pet dog end up dead, both by murders covered up by the fire. During the several days that the group is cut off from civilization it is Anna's responsibility as the ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Anna Pigeon finds herself as an EMT embedded in a firefighting crew battling the "Jackknife" fire in Northern CA. The fire has consumed thousands of acres and has claimed the life of a man and his dog. The blaze is somewhat controlled and the San Juan crew has been recalled due to a cold front that promises rain. But before Anna and the crew start for the Base camp, a young firefighter is injured. When Anna, the crew chief and the firefighters reach the young man, the winds don't feel right to P ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 4th Anna Pigeon book finds her working as EMT for a firefighting crew in northern California. After eight days of work, most of the crew is called off as wet weather is predicted. But a firefighter breaks his leg, and Anna and her partner, Stephen, are called down the 30 degree slope to administer first aid. The EMTs and the last few firefighters are half way up the hill when suddenly a "firestorm" occurs, meaning the fire explodes and moves up-hill as fast as a human can run. And run they ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom
So far this is the best Anna Pigeon novel I've read. I loved this setting - fire fighters caught in a National Park, fighting a fire and one of them turns out to be a murderer. But which one? Anna spends several days surrounded by people that she can't trust and everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There's a lot of excitement with the fire, too, and I just kept on reading.
Oct 06, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Okay, lost my first review in a cyber-burp, I guess, so here goes again . . . . I'm not sure how I missed this in the Anna Pigeon series, but I did, and I think it's one of her best. The story is tightly plotted and the descriptions of riding out a firestorm in a tiny hand-deployed fire shelter harrowing. This is Barr at her best.
Sep 24, 2016 Laurene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There would be nightmares. As Garrison Keillor said: "Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving".

Loved this novel. I love the development of the main character "Anna Pigeon" as the series continues.
Jun 29, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Anna Pigeon is trapped with 10 others as a fire goes out of control near Mount Lassen. Anna has been called from her usual posting along with personal culled from many other sources like BLM. Surviving in their personal shelters they survivors are cut off by the destruction the fire wreaks and by the weather that created the conditions allowing the firestorm. The weather continues to develop and brings on snow and close cloud cover blocking air rescue options and creating a locked room mystery s ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I don't read mysteries but thanks to Goodreads I found this one and liked it a lot. I'll be reading the other Nevada Barr books as well. Her style of writing suits me and Anna Pigeon rocks!
May 09, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is #4 in the Nevada Barr/Anna Pigeon/National Park mystery series, and it is the best one yet. In the story, forest ranger Anna Pigeon is working as an EMT attached to a firefighting crew battling a huge forest fire in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. Suddenly, while rescuing an injured firefighter, the canyon erupts in fire, known as a firestorm. The crew tries to outrun the flames, but ends up seeking shelter in their individual silver fire shelters. When they creep out af ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have been storming through Nevada Barr's US National Park "Anna Pigeon" mystery series since I heard her current (2016) book is about my dearest National Park, Acadia, in Maine. So trying to read up to that one…ok…may take more than a year, "Firestorm" published in 1996. Who knew I had so many books in the series to get through.

Anyway, Firestorm was different from the previous books I've read in this series. I did not think I'd like it at first, but now that I've read it, I think it was one of B
Maureen M
May 07, 2016 Maureen M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Nevada Barr earns five stars here for her riveting depiction of what wildfire does to a forest and the people unlucky enough to be in it. In this sequel in the Anna Pigeon series, Pigeon is an EMT helping out at a fire camp in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park when all hell breaks loose and she finds herself trapped with a body and a motley crew that includes a murdered. Barr keeps the tension pulsing as the crew waits for rescue and Pigeon tries to solve the crime with the remote help ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book by Nevada Barr. I have read several of Barr's mystery novels (not in sequential order) and have enjoyed them all except this one. I enjoy learning about National Parks that I'll never have time to visit. This one, however, tells us very little about Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park, where Anna Pidgeon is working as an EMT. Instead, all of the "action" is centered around a few days where Anna and 10 others are trapped after a large firestorm. Of course there is a ...more
Ralph McEwen
Jul 16, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s-barr_pigeon
Another good book by Nevada Barr. The story give you are real feeling for what it might be like to be trapped on a frozen mountain following a firestorm. The mystery is well written and keeps you in suspense till the very end. The characters are written with personalities and foibles in their characters that they seem real. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jeff Tonkinson
This may be my last Anna Pigeon book. This has all the elements of a good story: rangers battling a fire, murder, an interesting landscape, FBI agents, affairs of the heart, etc. But again this book leaves me wanting. So much drab dialog drowns out the interesting situation created by the author. Anna's beau, the FBI agent, gets significant time in the 1st half of the book, but it never goes anywhere. Again the author makes Anna a real bonehead to put her in a life-threatening situation at the b ...more
Jacquelin Siegel
The information about fighting forest fires was fascinating but the story itself as hard to follow. There was a big cast of characters and the author kept switching using first then last names so that doubled the names to keep track of. I got confused. And sometimes it's the little things that bug me about books. For example on page 189: "Anna had spent a year of graduate school at the University of California at Davis. She remembered the weeks of heavy tule fog ... Students were jumping from th ...more
Bill Currie
May 31, 2015 Bill Currie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fast paced mystery that is chilling in detail and suspense as it is hot with descriptive narrative of a fire in N. California Mt. Lassen NP forest area that having been brought to a closure all of a sudden erupts into a Firestorm due to unpredictable weather changes. Unfortunately for Anna Pigeon and a small fire crew still remaining at a strike camp this firestorm brings not only the possibility of death, but an actual murder. And that's just the beginning of the adventure, mystery and ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Norma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Anna Pigeon novels...always learn something....this time she's on a fire team in Northern California working as an EMTS and security officer....wherever Anna goes, there will be murder. This time an environmental activist is suspected of setting a fire which gets out of control...then someone on the fire crew is also murdered, but a firestorm which claimed the life of one crew member has obliterated part of the evidence. Anna is stuck in the mountains with injured crew members knowing ...more
May 25, 2015 Teri-k rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Anna Pigeon story I've read in years. I don't actually remember reading any before but I have the feeling I read one or two decades ago, because I love our national parks, have visited a lot of them and enjoy reading about them. I read this one because of the description of the fire. Having grown up in CO and lived in CA I find wildfires fascinating and sometimes read nonfiction accounts of them. I'd heard this fictional account was quite good, so I gave it a try. The fire in t ...more
Book Concierge
In this 4th book of a series, U.S. Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is on temporary duty as the security officer and EMT with a group fighting the Jacknife fire in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. A weather system promises some rain or snow to quench what is left of the fire, so the crew is dismantling the camp and pulling out. But one man is injured in an accident and Anna and a few others trek to his position to help evacuate the big guy down the mountain. Before they can get to saf ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books by Nevada Barr. In her stories, the main character is Anna Pigeon, a forest ranger (who always seems to be involved in murders in the parks she serves). It is great to have a female as the leading character. Anna is working temporarily as an EMT at a forest fire in California. (yes, she an EMT, too) The fire is near being contained and one of the men breaks a leg. Several people are carrying him to safety. A weather front is moving in and causes a firestorm. That is a s ...more
Jan 08, 2011 chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anna-pigeon
As she's seen in her fourth spine-tingling adventure, it's hard to tell what impassions hard-nosed park ranger Anna Pigeon more?crime or grime. Fortunately, Barr (Ill Wind) has a flair for depicting both as she sets Anna to providing first aid for the crews fighting an especially nasty forest fire, probably caused by arson, in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more problems flare when Ann ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A raging fire in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Parkk seems an unlikely setting for a murder, but that's exactly the circumstances that crime-fighting park ranger and medic Anna Pigeon confronts in this mystery thriller. A suspicious fire breaks loose in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park and Pigeon assists in battling the blaze and treating the wounds of other fire fighters. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more p ...more
Sep 03, 2009 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think that this was a really cool book in the sense that it was a very specific event that that didn't have a whole lot of scenery and only a small amount of characters who really didn't have the outside influences. It was an isolated community of people and one of them is a murder. This reminds me of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie where all these people are deserted on an island and one of them is a murderer. You know who all the suspects are, their motives, means, and alibis are ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Plot/Summary of book** The Jacknife Fire is burning in Northern California at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Anna Pigeon has been brought in from her post as ranger at Mesa Verde to be part of the emergency medical crew to a "spike", a group of firefighters right up against the fire line called the San Juan crew. She and Stephen Lindstrom are mainly responsible for blisters, scratches, bumps, and bruises.

They get an emergency call. One of the men was hit by a tree at the line and his leg is b
Nov 08, 2011 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This edition to the Anna Pigeon Mysteries has the Ranger on the front lines of the fire. She is manning the Medical tent where the fire fighters go to get their blisters, scrapes and burns tended to. When a young fire supressionist is hurt along the trail, Anna and her assistant are called in to treat and transport the man down the mountain. The fire that was dying down in whipped up due to wind change and a firestorm thunders down on the rescuers and the fire crew. In the aftermath the survivor ...more
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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
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