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Liberty Falling

(Anna Pigeon #7)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,652 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Anna Pigeon is in Manhattan to look after her hospitalized sister, and explores the Statue of Liberty in her spare time. But when a teenage girl falls to her death from Liberty's ledge, Anna wonders if the suicide was actually a homicide-and begins an investigation that puts her in the line of fire.
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Published April 1st 1999 by Recorded Books (first published 1999)
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Lobstergirl
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: admirers of Persian porn
Absolutely horrendous writing, so thick with twisted metaphors that you have to reread sentences to find out what Barr is trying to say. The story is bad, too - the Liberty Island/Ellis Island setting is claustrophobic, the denouement dimwitted. Frederick Stanton, who used to be Anna's love interest but is now head over heels for the older, apparently homelier, and much unhealthier Molly, Anna's sister, is gross.
Judy
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A departure from Anna Pigeon's usual assignment to a National Park. In this book she is visiting the Park at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This is one place I would love to visit; so I loved learning about the Islands. Again, I take a side excursion on the Internet to see the maps and also visit the NPS website telling about the park. There are some unusual characters involved with this mystery, which made it interesting. And I think Barbara Rosenblatt's reading is so great. I would li ...more
Karen
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually like mysteries, but these Anna Pigeon books by Nevada Barr have captured me! Really, they are the first books I've read in a very long time that have me thinking about them even when I'm not reading: trying to figure out the solution to the mystery, or cogitating on Anna's unique and elegant way of reading others' body language, thoughts and feelings. Barr has an uncanny ability to evoke the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of our National Parks: wolves on Isle Royale, rafting ...more
Sara
For me, this was the best Anna Pigeon novel so far. She gets to see Molly - in not so good circumstances, she gets to see some guys (new and old), and best of all - she wanders all over the abandoned buildings at Ellis Island. That was the best thing about the book. Sure, there's the usual murder plot, but I liked the setting immensely.
Judy
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Mystery writer Nevada Barr was a ranger at various National Parks and has written 19 novels set in the parks. This one is her seventh and I have been reading them in order. I read them in the spirit of reader activism during these days of the current administration's tactics favoring profit over preservation when it comes to our supposedly protected national lands.

Liberty Falling takes place at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis National Monuments on Liberty and Ellis Islands. Park ranger Anna Pig
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Melissa
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reread this again after having been to nyc for the first time and now have personally visited liberty and Ellis islands. Was much more enjoyable to read knowing exactly and being able to picture what Anna was describing. For some reason, I did struggle to really get into this book this time around - didn’t captivate right away and get moving. But maybe because it was lots of introspection and feelings surrounding he sister’s hospital stay. As always though, a great mystery that doesn’t disappoin ...more
Marti
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am assuming that the information on Liberty and Ellis Islands was researched by the author and is accurate. Anna Pigeon has come to New York to be with her sister who could die. By the end of the book, so much has happened to her that the reader is surprised that SHE hasn't been killed. It is interesting and exciting.
Ralph McEwen
Long on whine, short on action, lethargic on suspense. Not the best Pigeon book in the series. Still it did get me interested enough to get me to do some research on Ellis Island. I found pictures and video that agreed with the descriptions in the book.

Linda
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
Really good read with an exciting ending. A little different to see Anna “imprisoned” in a city instead of her usual more rustic parks out west.
Jazz
Though published in 1999, this remains a timely book twenty years later. I liked it well enough, though it's not among my favorite Anna Pigeon mysteries in the series. Unlike most of Barr's mysteries, this one has an urban setting, that of New York City. Though informative, the lengthy descriptions of Liberty and Ellis Islands seemed to overwhelm the mystery itself at times. Still, it was interesting to get the unique perspective "behind the scenes" of the Statue of Liberty from a park ranger's ...more
Sabrina
The only problem I had with this book is the many many numerous spelling mistakes that were left uncorrected. Half the h's were b's and visa versa and c's were replaced with e's lot. It boggles the mind how there mistakes weren't noticed when the books were being printed or first sold.

I also find it interesting that this books main mystery and subject was an attack on a national monument of New York by extremists that takes place a year and a half before the world trade centers were brought down
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Jim
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been enjoying this series featuring Park ranger Anna Pigeon, although I have been reading the books out of order. With this one, I go back to Number 7 ( it was published in 1999). Anna finds herself in New York City, as her sister had become ill and was hospitalized in a New York hospital. While in the city, she bunks with a friend in the park service on Liberty Island. So once again, she is in a unit of the National Park system--and once again, gets involved in an investigation. A young gi ...more
G.G.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Reports of ghostly sounds by the night Park Ranger on Ellis Island has Anna searching the historic landmark’s creepy abandoned buildings. But what has brought her to New York City is her sister’s illness. It’s a heart-wrenching time for Anna in what is one of Barr’s best stories.

In Liberty Falling Barr reached a comfortable place writing Anna, the park ranger who grapples with murder in every park she works. The nice thing about this series is that Anna is such an authentic person, er, character
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Pamela Mclaren
Anna Pigeon's psychiatrist sister is gravely ill in New York City, so she has traveled to that city, which she finds too crowded and noisy, and is staying at Liberty Island National Park. Its a very crazy time for the park ranger because she can't do what she usually does and she can't make her sister better. What she does instead is explore the island and its slowly deteriorating buildings. And she is finding some various mysterious things. Then there is a death of a young woman and a park rang ...more
Beverly
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May be the Best

Hardest of the Anna Pigeon series to get into but by far the best. Between the dry humor, the suspense, the information on the islands with the treasure they hold, the background story of family bonds and true love, the reader is in for a real treat.
Bill
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-us, adventure
Another comfort read from Nevada Barr. In the 7th book in this excellent series, we find our intrepid National Park ranger, Anna Pigeon, on a leave of absence, in New York, watching over her psychologist sister, Molly, who is critically ill. Anna is staying with her friend Patsy who is the chief administrator at the national park on Liberty and Ellis Islands. Even though preoccupied with her sister's health, Anna finds herself embroiled in a mysterious death on Liberty Island. The story moves al ...more
Julie Trapp
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
2 1/2. Definitely not my favorite Anna Pigeon book. Not at a national park for her job in this book, tho Ellis Island is part of a national park. In NY to help her sister out who is very ill in hospital. However, she still manages to stick her nose into something that keeps her away from Molly on purpose. Besides the fact that Frederick the Fed, a one-tiime paramour of Anna's, is taken with Molly and vice versa. A young girl's suicide, the best suspect is killed, Anna is attacked (big surprise) ...more
Erin
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This is one of my favourite of Anna’s adventures so far! I didn’t expect to enjoy an ‘urban’ national park setting this much, but Ms Barr is an expert at finding and sharing the beauty in all national parks. The cultural and historical context of Liberty Island and Ellis Island are used to great effect. And the subplot about Anna’s family is heartwarming.

The only downside is how contemporary it still feels - the motives of the bad guys are still just as prevalent nearly 20 years late
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Annie
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Installment #7 of the Anna Pigeon mystery series takes place on Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which I had no idea fell under the National Park Service. While I toured both years ago, I also had no idea that there's an entire half of Ellis Island tourists do not see that contains a literal mess of huge abandoned, overgrown and possibly haunted facilities.

I really enjoyed this mystery-thriller, which was a bit of a departure from the usual "whodunit."
Deb
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Liked this one alot.
Love the whole "series". Anna Pigeon is a great character and I love reading about the National Parks - especially ones I've been too. After a while the pacing gets predictable, but they make entertaining lighter reading, without being too graphic.
Karen
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I enjoyed this book especially because I have been to this National Park in and could imagine where this book took place.
Nevada writes a great mystery and uses 10 dollar words I have to look in up. I learn so much while being entertained.
Eva
Jun 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are reading this series, skip this one. The other books are so much better!
Madeline
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second thriller of 2020, and I had a great time! Continuing my trend of books recommended by family members, this one belongs to my mom. She read it many years ago, and I can say it's stood the test of time.
The Good
-Anna's narrative voice is extremely strong. Since this is the seventh book about her*, it's to be expected. She feels so well-developed. Clearly, she has a past and a future beyond this snapshot, which is always a good feeling in a character. We see the entire world thro
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Janet
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a Nevada Barr for sometime and practically jumped for joy when I found this one at HPB. Snatched it up so fast.
Nevada Barr is such a lyrist she can make you feel the air rushing past your face, not to mention, the leaves,dirt, dust and cobwebs snagged in your hair, arms and your face!
“...dangerous: nature caged, a green tiger waiting, angry, resentful of its captors.”
Anna’s conjuring of Hatch and his little pal really shows that she can weave a good tale… Oh. Of course! Miss Barr
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Judith
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna finds herself in New York! Calling attention to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monument. Our parks system is not all wilderness. However, in this mystery, Anna finds herself exploring the deteriorating "Islands II and III" on Ellis Island - buildings that were part of the immigration center but that have not yet been restored (although efforts have begun). These parts of the national monument are not open to the public, as they are not safe. Anna finds this particularly tru ...more
Lloyd
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This is the 7th mystery in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. I have enjoyed all seven of these books in this series. The primary premise is that a National Park (law enforcement) Ranger, Anna Pigeon, gets involved in murder investigations that occur at the park she is currently assigned. She is not an enforcement officer who takes the lead on these cases. That is usually handled by the FBI or perhaps the local law enforcement agency depending on where the jurisdiction lies. But she certainly inser ...more
Bedrooped Bookworms
I had the pleasure of visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands in high school. I was fascinated by Ellis Island in particular. I have a great-great-great aunt who came through Ellis Island as a girl, so I’ve always been fascinated by what it would have been like to pick up from everything you’ve known and set out for a place filled with promise but also the total unknown with no job, no housing, and a tiny bag of all of your treasured life possessions. The stories of immigrants are pretty incredible.

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Helen
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't enjoy this Anna Pigeon book as much as others because my audio recording came in the wrong order so it didn't make much sense. And I fell asleep listening so thought that was the problem, even though I rewound. Anyway, this one takes place at Liberty Island where Anna is staying with a friend while her sister Molly is sick in the hospital. Frederick is also visiting Molly and proposes to her after she is on the mend. Anna is busy solving the two supposed suicides that jumped off the statu ...more
Bonnie
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a modern mystery, but like all in this series, very unusual. For one thing, they're set in National Parks, which is where the main character works. So you get a surprising look at what that's like and a lot of history and information about the parks, though deftly woven in so you don't notice. Secondly, Anna Pigeon herself is a rather disturbed person, due largely to losing her husband in an accident, after which she fled city life and became a park employee. She'd prefer to be alone in ...more
Linda
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I just love taking the rides to the National Parks with Ranger Anna Pigeon. In this one- the setting was not the great outdoors that I love but the claustrophobic craziness and masses on the streets and subways of New York City which I do not love-(but put up with occasionally). The plot- coming to the aid of her seriously ill sister Molly being treated at a prestigious NYC hospital,she finds herself living as a guest with the Park Ranger staff on Ellis Islands and Statue of Liberty National Mon ...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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Other books in the series

Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
  • Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Deep South (Anna Pigeon, #8)
  • Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon, #9)
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