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Firestorm Hardcover – March 19, 1996
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A raging fire in a national park seems an unlikely setting for a murder, but that's exactly the circumstances that crime-fighting park ranger and medic Anna Pigeon confronts in this mystery thriller. A suspicious fire breaks loose in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park and Pigeon assists in battling the blaze and treating the wounds of other fire fighters. As if that's not enough, Pigeon finds herself without food and water trapped with a group of fire fighters, one of whom is a murderer. She tries to figure out who the culprit is before he, or the weather, strikes again.
From Publishers Weekly
As she's seen in her fourth spine-tingling adventure, it's hard to tell what impassions hard-nosed park ranger Anna Pigeon more?crime or grime. Fortunately, Barr (Ill Wind) has a flair for depicting both as she sets Anna to providing first aid for the crews fighting an especially nasty forest fire, probably caused by arson, in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more problems flare when Anna and her EMTs must rescue a firefighter who has broken his leg. On their way back to camp, they are trapped in a firestorm?the most dangerous of all fire conditions. Anna is saved by her silver pup tent, or "shake 'n' bake," which she pulls over herself at the last minute as the fire dances on her back. One of the other medics isn't so lucky. Only it's not just bad luck. It's murder. The tension approaches unbearable when bad weather and destroyed roads trap Anna and the rest of her crew with the murderer in their midst. While Anna, with her compassion, toughness and abundant one-liners, calls Kinsey Milhone to mind, Barr's character is a true original. And for excitement, her line of work can't be beat. Mystery Guild selection; author tour.
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Top customer reviews
While in camp, Anna and a crew of firefighters are overtaken by a flash fire. The tale of how they cope is riveting. The odd part is that one of the crew members is murdered while taking shelter from the firestorm.
Anna swings right into action investigating. With her tendency to be blunt and intrusive, she winds up offending the innocent as well as alarming the guilty. Anna has never been in a stickier situation.
Happily, FBI agent Frederick Stanton shows up, to help Anna with her investigation via radio communication and to pursue their unconventional romance. I really enjoy watching the interactions of these middle-aged lovers.
The plot of Firestorm is so complex that the reader doesn't have much hope of figuring out whodunit. I'd much rather be surprised anyway. The hidden agendas of the various characters add to the interest of the story. And the fire-ravaged forest with its crashing trees and thermal pools makes for a very chilling landscape.
So this is another winner from Nevada Barr. I'm glad this is a long series with many books to come.
I also like that Ms Barr is letting our heroine age gracefully. Maybe sometimes not so gracefully. Oh, and had the author been anonymous, I never would have guessed that she was female.