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Borderline (Anna Pigeon #15)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,124 Ratings  ·  613 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
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Hardcover, 399 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lobstergirl
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
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
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Zinta
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
Lyndele
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
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Renee
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
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Nell
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
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
**Spoiler Alert**

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.
Teresa in Ohio
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
Sfdreams
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
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Sheila
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
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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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