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(Anna Pigeon #15)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,138 ratings  ·  691 reviews
The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted, her memories of her time with the wolf study group forever marred by the carnage on the island.

Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she is on administrative leave, per her superintendent's urging. Anna wonders if the leave might not be permanent, either by her own choice or that of the National Park
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2009)
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We were headed out on a short road trip and we wanted something to listen to. So I ran into the library; quickly scanned the available audio books; and, grab a familiar name that had the right number of disks for the trip.

Borderline is a thriller that follows Anna Pigeon, National Park ranger, as she finds another mystery and avoids death. The scene this time is Big Bend National Park in Texas on the border with Mexico. Anna is off duty and recovering from another traumatic adventure when she a
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Deisy Ixcuna-Gonzalez

To a certain extent, when you commit to a series like this you're suspending disbelief. The protagonist has to last throughout the whole series. Therefore she will survive dozens of shootings, stabbings, bludgeonings. In situations where anyone else would die of dehydration, exhaustion, exposure, starvation, drowning, broken bones from falls, this protagonist will live to see other days. Many, many other days. Your protagonist would be able to accidentally drink a vial of an Ebola victim's infec
Jeanette (Again)
2.5 stars

Bummer...I don't know if I've outgrown my enjoyment of the Anna Pigeon series or if this new one is just a clunker. I've always liked these because they take place in national parks. They're all easy reads, but this one went beyond "easy" into the category of trite and utterly implausible. There's so much she could have done with the rich backdrop of Big Bend National Park, but this plot is so terribly thin and disappointing. I gave an extra half star because Nevada Barr has very deep i
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tucked away on a wilderness retreat for a weekend, cozied up in a rocking chair by the fireplace, I opened the cover of the review copy I had received of Nevada Barr’s newest novel in the Anna Pigeon series, Borderline. One of the best things about receiving review copies of books in the mail, frequently unrequested, is that I end up reading books I would never consider on a bookstore wander. This would be one of those. The cover illustration is a little too cheesy for me (rushing river rapids b ...more
Mar 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. I'd saved it for a quiet evening, fully expecting to embrace a new (for me) author.

For the most part, I enjoy books that feature returning protagonists; there's something quite comfortable about following the exploits of well-known and loved characters. When it works (see P.D. James, Martha Grimes, Elizabeth George), the latest installment is an event to celebrate.

Sadly, it was clear from the beginning that this was the latest in a long line of stories about An
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book tried to make “Deliverance” look like water ride at Disney.

Set on the Rio Grande, Borderline centers around an unbelievable and unlikeable character named Anna Pigeon who is on administrative leave from her job in the police department for a stress disorder.

In search for some R & R, Anna and her husband sign up for a river raft tour down the river and before you know it, she spots starving longhorn cow on the mountain which prompts her to trail up the unsafe passage, lure the cow down
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This series by Nevada Barr is not one I regularly read but should because I always enjoy it. I came across this particular audiobook , 'Borderline' and I noticed that it was narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, who is one of my favorite performers so I couldn't resist listening.

I have skipped around in this series. 'Borderline' is #15 and after I started listening I realized that it would have been better to have listened to #14 first. 'Borderline' picks up where the story ended in 'Winter Study' (#14
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like these murder mysteries by Nevada Barr. They feature Park Ranger Anna Pigeon and each book features a different National Park. This one, the 15th, is set in a park I know almost nothing about- Big Bend Nat'l. Park in Texas. It's along the Rio Grande and that's where much of the action occurs. Anna goes on a rafting trip with her husband and there, on the river, they discover an unconscious woman who is pregnant. Anna finds herself involved in a case that's mixed in with a Texas election. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would give 3.5 if I could. I didn’t think it was as good as other Anna Pidgeon’s escapades. It was interesting to have Paul, Anna’s husband, play a small part in the adventure.
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I always feel disloyal if I feel lukewarm about the latest installment of a mystery series I've followed for a long time. The author has done her best, the writing is good, the setting is the same one we know and love, what's not to like? This one started off with a (literal) bang: rafters on the Rio Grande lose their guide and some of their party to a shooter. I confess, I read series mysteries more to follow the characters through their lives and for the setting than for the plot, and I'm not ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I simply loved Nevada Barr's series with Ranger Pigeon. This one however, I could not get into. I was bored with the plot and characters. The writing was just not up to Barr's normal excellent standards. Sorry Mrs. Barr, this one fell short.
I am editing my review a bit. I have just realized that I have not enjoyed Nevada Barr's last 4 books. I do not know if it was the writing, plots or Ranger P's life journey.
Lisa Vegan
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who have read the other 14 Anna Pigeon mystery series books by Barr
Nevada Barr’s mysteries have a wonderful sense of melancholy that makes them particularly interesting compared to many other mystery series. It’s one of the few series that I’m not behind on and that I’ve now read all the published so far books.

I’ve learned so much about various national parks (the main character is a national park ranger and each story takes place in a different national park) and this particular (Big Bend) park hadn’t been written about before and it’s a park I found especiall
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Being my first Nevada Barr book this did not disappoint. I am also pleasantly surprised of this because this is the 15th book in this series! I can tell Ms. Barr has compassion for the land and animals. I loved the ending. It made me smile. Judith and Darden had me guessing until the end. I was very surprised at how everything turned out but was glad that Helena went to her home where she found love.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-read
Not since Firestorm have I been so immensed in Anna Pigeon life and the events that shape it. Winter study ( previous book) had some uncomfortable characters and events in it which affect Pigeon in her life to this day. She is on force leave by the National Park service to confort and deal with those events. She decides a vacation in Big Bend and acting like a tourist not a ranger is the best solution to dealing with these actions. Not long after the white water rafting trip begins trouble start ...more
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
The 15th book in the Anna Pigeon series. I'm beginning to wonder if I read these novels for the stories or for the wonderful descriptions of the national parks that they contain. Probably a little of both, but I'm finding that the violence in the books is beginning to leave me a little cold. In this book, Anna Pidgeon is suffering from post-tramatic stress disorder and considering what happened to her in the last book, Winter Study, it's not hard to understand. Since she is placed on administrat ...more
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I think this has to be my favorite Nevada Barr book to date! I really enjoyed the last one (Winter Study), but this one beats that one, although they are very different.

Winter Study was darker, more suspenseful, almost horrific. This book, although Anna is still recovering from the events from the previous book, is more life-affirming and uplifting. Not that there is no suspense--there is a goodly amount.

At first, I was a little irritated that the chapters kept switching between the Mayor's stor
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love Nevada Barr and once again I was not disappointed by Borderline. Borderline is # 15 in her Anna Pigeon series. I read this book out of order in the series as a task for the summer seasonal challenge and evidently a lot as occured in the ones I skipped. This one finds Anna on leave from the park service and on vacation with her husband Paul rafting along the border of Big Bend National Park in Texas. On one side of the river is Mexico and other side is the USA. Just like in the ...more
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Maybe not the best of the Anna Pigeon stories, but only because Nevada has set a high bar for herself. Borderline starts with a different sort of Anna adventure, but soon satisfies the fan with all the Pigeony details. I highly recommend this book, but I also highly recommend the reader new to Anna Pigeon start at the beginning and read them all through. With the exception of maybe one (only because it is weak in comparison), I think the reader will very much enjoy the ride. My favorites so far ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: barr-nevada
This could almost have been a five, but I thought we had to spend too much time away from Anna and her group with people we'll probably never see again. Lots of action with only a small respite in between for everyone but Anna who is too worried to relax.
Margo Kelly
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I had never read this author before, and now I'm glad that I have. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to going back and reading her other books.

While Borderline is the 15th book in the Ann Pigeon series, I was able to read the book as a stand-alone book. I didn't feel like I was missing any information that would not allow me to enjoy this book. I am going to go back and read the first fourteen books.

Anna Pigeon is a National Park Service Ranger who has been placed on adminstrat
Apr 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
I won this book in the goodreads giveaway and I wish I could give it a good review, but unforunately I did not like this book. I had high hopes for it because I've heard about Nevada Barr and her mystery series about Anna Pigeon. Borderline is the first book I have read by Nevada Barr.

Overall, I did not like the writing, the character, and the plot. The writing was choppy at times, either full of the same vocabulary words (how many times did you see the word "abdicate"?) or a random difficult wo
Alm Melson
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nevada Barr does not disappoint!


A lot more angst/soul-searching than I'm used to in an Anna Pigeon novel but that was okay--although Anna just gets over it in the end for no clear reason and without any gradual progression of healing; suddenly she's just fine again.

The story was great as usual. I love the part where Anna insists they stop to rescue the cow. I love the twins.

I DON'T like having large portions of the novel focused on characters other than Anna, namely the governor
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
There are some series that I read because I have grown to like the characters, and they are entertaining, even though the plots all blend together, and one book is not really distinguishable from another. That is not the case at all with Nevada Barr. Anna Pigeon's life is one adventure into danger after another, and even though each time she has emerged alive, she is not without scars, both emotional and physical. In this book she is suffering from PTSD, as a response to her time spent at Isle R ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The opening sequence was so implausible that I almost put the book down several times. But after 200 pages, it became a pretty good thriller. It was fun that it is set in Big Bend NP.
Rebecca Gregory
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently visited Big Bend National Park so the setting of this book really pulled me in. I actually was at most of the places in the book including Starlight in the Ghost Town Terlingua.

This one kept me guessing till the end. Another great Anna Pigeon mystery. I love Nevada Barr.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anna-pigeon
Barr skillfully blends sticky border issues, marital strife and politics in her exciting 15th novel to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon. Anna, on leave because she's still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder suffered in 2008's Winter Study, takes a delayed honeymoon with her sheriff husband, a rafting trip in Texas's Big Bend National Park. The Rio Grande reveals a number of surprises, including a stranded cow and, more disturbingly, a dying pregnant woman caught in a s ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had seen this author's name before, but nothing about her books until recently and through a back way. This is #15 in a series on US Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. We had been watching reruns of Criminal Minds on TV (did not watch originally other than a few early in its run) and a recent one took place in Terlingua TX from season 5: . I looked it up on google map and found it was west of where friends have been spendi ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder she is on administrative leave - possibly permanent - either by her own choice or that of the National Park Service.

Anna and her husband Paul travel to southwest Texas hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits.

Instead of the soul-soothing experience they’d longed for, Anna and Paul find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of intrig
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished listening to this audio book: this is a very tense read, and one that I found especially compelling, since there has been so much attention focused on the dangerous conditions near the border with Mexico. I have missed one or two books in the series and need to go back and fill in the gaps. However, Anna is newly married and on a vacation with her husband, after undergoing some trauma in her last assignment.

Anna and Paul go on a river rafting trip, when something unexpected happe
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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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Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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