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Feisty, resourceful forest ranger Anna Pigeon faced everything from raging fires to deep-water dives with cool aplomb in her first five adventures. Very early in Blind Descent her courage is put to an even greater test when she learns that a woman seriously injured while exploring a cave next door to New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns is a friend who has requested Pigeon's help in getting her out. "A chilling image filled Anna's mind: herself crouched and whimpering, fear pouring like poison through her limbs, shutting down her brain as the cave closed in around her." Pushing aside her fears, Pigeon takes the plunge, leading readers through a truly harrowing series of tight squeezes. Nevada Barr is so good at involving us in Anna's terror that when she finally resurfaces, we share her "unadulterated joy. Even the dirt smelled alive... When she saw her first stars, she croaked out her delight from tired lungs." Above ground, Anna quickly gets involved in two possibly linked murders and becomes a rifleman's target. As we share the progress of her investigation, a sneaky suspicion starts to grow of possible suspects within the small community of spelunkers and National Park Service bureaucrats. Barr couldn't possibly ask Anna to go back underground again, could she? When it happens, of course, it seems inevitable--and just as frightening as the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Early in this sixth tale in Barr's evocative and suspenseful series (after 1997's Endangered Species), national park ranger Anna Pigeon is summoned from duty in Colorado to New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns. A woman caver seriously injured while exploring the nearby Lechuguilla cave is a friend who has asked specifically that Anna help in her rescue. Anna has faced everything from forest fires to deep-water dives with equanimity, but claustrophobia has so far kept her above-ground. "A chilling image filled Anna's mind: herself crouched and whimpering, fear pouring like poison through her limbs, shutting down her brain as the cave closed in around her." Fully aware of her vulnerability, Anna nevertheless takes the plunge, leading readers through a truly harrowing series of tight squeezes. Barr is so good at involving us in Anna's terror that, when Anna finally reaches the surface again, we share her "unadulterated joy. Even the dirt smelled alive." Above ground, Anna quickly becomes involved in pursuing possible links between two murders and soon finds herself a rifleman's target. A sneaky suspicion starts to grow as we share the progress of her investigation of possible suspects within the sharply sketched community of cavers and National Park Service bureaucrats. Barr couldn't possibly ask Anna?and us?to go back underground again, could she? Wouldn't that be more than courage and credulity could bear? When it happens, of course, it seems inevitable and thoroughly satisfying?thanks to the writing and plotting talents of a master. Mystery Guild main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another exciting adventure by Barr. This time Anna is required to go underground to help a friend who is injured and trapped in a cave. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
This is Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon at her best -- a mystery reader's dream. This book offers not only a first-rate mystery, but a fascinating look at caving and a startling... Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by R. Boston
This is one of my favorites by Nevada Barr. The descriptions of the caves were chilling...made me feel claustrophobic. Ms. Barr writes in a way that makes you feel you are there. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Michele
Park ranger Anna Pigeon is called in to assist in the rescue of one of her best friends, who is injured while on a group expedition deep in Lechugilla, the underground caves 800... Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Anna Stanford
I just finished this book & it was great. So realistic. Anne had to go into a cave, a deep dark cave, and it is written so real that if you are claustrophobic this book is going to... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003
I wanted to like this book, but I just can't pull it off. The literary allusions don't suit Anna's character, and it annoyed me that she'd make flawless references to the 7th OZ... Read morePublished on May 26 2003
I found Blind Descent to be a bit tiresome at times. If I had been a caver or perhaps had a better knowledge of cave terminology, I think I would have enjoyed it more. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2002 by Jodie Goebel
Anna's friend Frieda Dierkz is injured in an underground caving accident at Luchuguilla, she asks rescuers for Anna. Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by Alicia K. Ahlvers