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Publisher's Summary

When Park Ranger Anna Pigeon answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, once a producing plantation and inn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway, the last thing she expects to encounter is a naked and very dead man. His body bears what looks like the brutal scars of an S&M ritual gone terribly wrong. When the deceased turned out to be the brother of a candidate for the office of local sheriff, a host of cover-ups, hidden agendas, old allegiances, and buried secrets begins to emerge. Follow Anna as she fights for her life in this intensely suspenseful and exquisitely written tour-de-force of modern mystery.
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Critic Reviews

"As usual, the writing is first-rate, with vivid characters and atmospheric background." (Publishers Weekly)
"The edgy, fast-paced tale generates plenty of tension, making the most of several nighttime crimes, and Barr does a good job of developing the character of Anna, adding romance to the mix and giving the ranger plenty of opportunity to display her slightly dark, off-center wit." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-23-08

Ranger with an attitude

I like the Anna Pigeon/Nevada Barr novels, and I've read and/or listened to many of them. I like the mystery combined with Anna's middle aged woman's angst about life and her complex feelings toward others. It is a good study of humanity.

A minor nit is the anti-hunting bias which is evident in many books in the series, but this one is a little over the top. Barr characterizes all hunters as cretins, never allowing a single ethical example to enter the story.

I wouldn't complain about the anti-hunter bias except that such an attitude is atypical of all the Park Rangers I've met, who generally understand the need for hunters and the revenue they provide for wildlife welfare.

Still, it's a good book with some great characters. It's not the best Anna Pigeon book in the series, but it is worth your time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marius on 09-08-06

Dark deeds in Yogi Bear country

A well-constructed story with interesting characters, but suffering a little from a tendency to stereotype. Hint: Closer to Neil Young than Lynard Skynard. The main character, Anna Pigeon, is feisty and likeable, but her continual introspection can cloy. Despite these quibbles, it’s a good listen, with an unexpected climax, complemented by a well-delivered and fitting narration by Barbara Rosenblat.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 09-17-06

Hunting Season - SMASHING

EVERYBODY should know about the Anna Pigeon series they make fantastic listening. I can?t believe that these stories aren?t more widely known, they should be made into films, TV programs, and radio plays anything! Nevada Bar?s writing is exciting and funny and full of surprises. Although this was my introduction to the series (and I think is the best), it?s not the first, however reading it out of sequence didn?t spoil my enjoyment of it or any of the earlier books when I got round to reading them.

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