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Blood Lure [Mass Market Paperback]

Nevada Barr
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Feb. 5 2002 An Anna Pigeon Novel (Book 9)
Straddling the border between Montana and Canada lies the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park—Anna’s home away from home when she is sent on a cross-training assignment to study grizzly bears. Along with bear researcher Joan Rand and a volatile, unpredictable teenage boy, Anna hikes the back country, seeking signs of bear. But the tables are turned on their second night out, when one of the beasts comes looking for them. Daybreak finds the boy missing, a camper mutilated, and Anna caught in a grip of fear, painfully aware that her lifelong bond with nature has inexplicably snapped…

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Park ranger Anna Pigeon, the fortyish heroine of Barr's popular series, is back, tracking grizzlies through the unforgiving landscape of Glacier National Park as part of a scientific investigation that's outlined with more detail than anyone who's not totally fascinated by these awesome animals will care about. In fact, the description of what actually goes into the lures set to attract the bears so they can be tagged and counted is guaranteed to rumble the strongest stomach--but that's just the back story in this newest Pigeon adventure. When the mutilated body of the stepmother of one of the bear trackers turns up in a remote corner of the park, and it becomes clear that she met death at the hands of a human rather than the claws of a grizzly, Anna goes on the hunt for the killer.

Barr's strength is in depicting the natural surroundings in which her heroine finds inspiration, solace, and comfort, and she limns the gorgeous landscape of Glacier with consummate skill. But her plotting leaves much to be desired, and when she finally reveals the killer's identity, motivation, and especially his accomplice, the discriminating reader may be tempted to throw this book at the nearest teddy bear. The trick ending is too much to stomach, unless you're a grizzly who'll eat (almost) anything. Up to that point, however, there's much to appeal to Barr's fans: another beautifully drawn portrait of a piece of America's vanishing wilderness and a few hours in the company of an appealingly cranky heroine whose appreciation of it knows no bounds. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The latest entry in this excellent series featuring National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is one of Barr's best. Anna has been assigned to work temporarily in Montana's Glacier National Park, where she seems more at home than in her recent forays to East Coast parks, and learns how to do DNA studies on wildlife by working with a biologist, Joan, on a study of grizzly bears. Anna, Joan and a young, inexperienced volunteer, Rory, are sent out into the park's wilderness areas to set lures for the grizzlies. They use a powerful and nasty-smelling concoction, mixed with cow's blood, that the grizzlies find irresistible. Once the bears rub up against the trees or barbed wire that have been coated with the lure, samples of their DNA can be collected from the hair and skin left behind. In their remote campsite one night, Anna and Joan amazingly survive a grizzly bear attack on their tents unscathed, only to find that Rory has gone missing. As park rangers and rescue teams hike the mountainous park looking for the missing teenager, they find instead the dead body of a woman whose face has been horribly mutilated. Rory is an obvious suspect, as is the bear who attacked the camp. Barr focuses on the wilderness park and its endangered population of grizzlies rather than on Anna's personal life and problems, and this makes for a tightly plotted, satisfying read. The author's masterful descriptions of the natural world immeasurably enhance an exciting, suspenseful story that is sure to flirt with bestseller lists. Mystery Guild main selection and Literary Guild alternate selection.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I've discovered Nevada Barr. No, it's not a candy bar made in Nevada. She's a mystery author and creator of the series character, Anna Pigeon-Park Ranger.
In BLOOD LURE Anna takes us on a tour of Waterton/Glacier National Peace Park, which straddles the border between Montana and Canada. Anna is sent with Joan Rand and a teenage boy on an assignment to study grizzly bears.
One night their camp is attacked by a strange-acting bear that didn't appear to be interested in food, but more interested in scaring them off as if it were more human than animal. The teenage boy ends up missing, and a camper is found dead--her neck snapped and the flesh of her face cut away, suggesting she was murdered.
Anna's beloved mountains have become something sinister as she hikes onward looking for clues and hunting the beast stalking the trails. No man could snap a neck like that without crushing the skull, and no animal can cut away flesh. What on earth is Anna hunting?
BLOOD LURE is a complex, in depth story that keeps you working to solve the mystery. You'll be terrified of the bear, mystified by the park, and always looking over your shoulder for the killer to strike again. One thing you won't see coming is the explosive and surprising ending.
Though the story had a few laugh out loud moments, it's steeped in drama. You'll get intimate with the nature of beasts--both animal and man. You'll feel like you're right there in the mountains with Anna. I'll definitely be looking for Ms. Barr's back list.
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This is my first time reading Nevada Barr and hence my first introduction to her National Park ranger detective, Anna Pigeon. Anna's a tough old bird, forgive the pun, but it adequately describes a woman that has ridden a hellish emotional rollercoaster and now seeks the sanctity of Mother Nature in America's natural park preserves rather than deal with the predictable, shallow and disillusioning civilization.

Pigeon finds herself on loan in Glacier National Park, working with bear research expert Joan Rand, a motherly French Canadian who gets her kicks out of collecting bear DNA in the form of hair and scat while traipsing off-trail from one research planted bear lure to another. Joining them is Rory Van Sladt, a teenager with little desire or forestry experience other than his affiliation with a ecological preservation society--this most likely prompted by a desire to spruce up his college applications with prerequisite volunteer work.

When Rory's stepmother is found in the Park murdered and supposedly mauled by a bear, Anna's powers of perception kick in and amidst the backdrop of beautifully detailed descriptions of Glacier, she must pull every bit of information gleaned from her first day on the trail to a near death experience involving an extraordinary bear and her water bottle, in order to defend the benevolent character of her beloved natural sanctuary.

Anna's character, although funny at times, borders on the cynical for the majority of the story. Barr illustrates Pigeon's suspicious nature, her insensitivity and her definite non-maternal tendencies in scenes where she teases Rory unmercifully regarding his fear of bears, later during her interrogation of Rory and his father and throughout the novel as she ponders the ersatz worthlessness of modern life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boring and Long? Or Long and intriguing? Jan. 4 2004
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When I first saw this book it looked like a book with all of the blood and gore. I had expected to just jump right into a story about campers in the woods being mauled by a bear. When I started reading, it was totally different. When I wasn't thrilled with the beginning of the book I wanted to go and get my money back because the book didn't seem interesting whatsoever. I gave up on the book after that. Then I saw it there laying on my floor and felt that I had to read that book or I was going to hate myself for buying it and letting it pile up dust. Once I had that attitude it seemed a little easier to read. At first it seemed to be dragging on and on....until I got to the end of chapter 3. Then things started getting interesting. The book I thought I had gotten for blood and gore instead turned out to be a mystery. It had a few slow parts and some longer chapters. On the other hand the parts went by fast and it seemed I had just barely turned a few pages and I was in a new chapter. There were only a few parts that I would have changed but all-in-all it was a great book! I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they've figured who did it, how, and why then suddenly get a curve ball and start over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Better Barr May 22 2003
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is back in a recent offering from Nevada Barr entitled Blood Lure. Like the previous two novels in the series, this one is short on plot and long on character development and scenic descriptions.
This latest adventure finds Anna on temporary loan from her assigned duty station on the Natchez Trace Parkway to the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Anna is thrilled to leave her patrol car back home and instead of traveling on the macadam asphalt, to be wandering the mountains once again. She has been assigned to assist with The Greater Glacier Bear DNA Project, which is designed through the use of special equipment, to collect various samples from passing bears in the high country of the park. The samples will be used to identify each bear individually, obtain an accurate count, and for other information.
Anna joins a team that will work far above the tundra in one specific area of the park. Things begin to rapidly deteriorate as the camp is attacked in the night by a bear. One researcher is discovered missing and as search parties fan out, a dead body is quickly found.
The cause of death is quickly established to be human, and since the park is already short staffed, Anna is reassigned to finding the killer. Her search takes her repeatedly across the scenic high vistas of the park in an almost solitary quest. The scenery and her actions are described in great detail as she slowly zeros in on the killer in a rather surprising ending.
While this is by no means the best Nevada Barr can deliver, Blood Lure is certainly an improvement over her last two books, Deep South and Liberty Falling. Less neurotic and introspective, and more prone to action, it reminds me a bit of the thrills in her first Anna pigeon novel, Track Of The Cat. I hope that she is back on track and will soon work her way back to the performances of her early books in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful way to hear a novel
this is the first book casette that I have even bought & I love it. It is great. Don't have to sit down to read the book. Just play it while I am doing my house work. Read more
Published on July 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was good
I liked this book. I think it is one of her best and does have some very scary parts. Well writen. and injoyable.
Very scary bears.
Published on June 27 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Anna Pigeon is Bear-able
Anna is on assignment in Glacier National helping with grizzly bear research. A body is found which is, of course, apparently killed by one, but the facts don't quite fit and the... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by "deinonychus"
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Bear, Nice Bear
After the recent bear attacks, it was interesting to get a Park Ranger's eye view of the relationship between bears and people. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Sires
5.0 out of 5 stars Another really good addition to this series
This series is one of my favourites, and this last one is better than the previous--I didn't care for Deep South as well. Which means not a whole lot since Ms. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars nice scenery...silly mystery
Park ranger/Law enforcer/sleuth Anna Pigeon is invited to Glacier National Park in Montana to help gather grizzly bear DNA for a research project. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by wendybird
1.0 out of 5 stars This book was lame...
This book had all the nuance and insight of a poorly scripted comic book. Written from the perspective of an extremly anal, painfully politcally correct and smug female forest... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Bearly Believable
I read Nevada Barr's books for the splendid scenery, the nature, and the behind the scenes peek at the Park Department. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by Mamalinde
4.0 out of 5 stars Lured Me In
Nevada Barr writes mysteries that draw you in but don't bog you down. The clues are simple to follow. The characters are lovable (or unlovable) and easy to invest in. Read more
Published on July 17 2002
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