By Nevada Barr
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon stumbles upon a ugly homicide with scary racial overtones within the most modern installment of the bestselling series."What lifts the Anna Pigeon novels some distance above many of the different modern beginner sleuth mysteries is Barr's beautiful writing--it swoops, it soars, sails then catches you unawares underneath the center and takes your breath away," proclaimed the Cleveland simple broker of final year's Liberty Falling. In Deep South, Nevada Barr takes our breath away once more as her heroine travels cross-country to Mississippi, purely to come across negative secrets and techniques within the center of the south.The handwritten sign up the tree stated all of it: REPENT. For Anna Pigeon, this could were cause sufficient to show again for her cherished Mesa Verde. as a substitute she heads for the Natchez hint expressway and the merchandising that awaits her. presently, she reveals herself in the course of controversy: because the new district ranger, she faces resentment so severe her skill to do her task should be compromised, and her lifestyles might be at risk. yet all concepts of private protection are put aside with the invention of a tender girl's physique in a rustic cemetery, a sheet round her head, a noose round her neck.The kudzu is thick and eco-friendly, the woods darkish and whole of secrets and techniques. And the ghosts of violence hover as Anna struggles for solutions to questions that, maybe, shouldn't ever be requested. Deep South proves that, "like the parks and monuments she writes of, Nevada Barr might be declared a countrywide treasure" (The Bloomsbury Review).
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Tag her and bag her," Randy Thigpen said. Anna'd forgotten he was there. She chose to forget again. "We'll get her covered up," Paul Davidson replied. " Anna asked. "Ambulance? " "Steven Hayne at Mississippi Mortuary in Rankin," Davidson said and added, "Have 'em send an ambulance, I guess. All Dwight's got is an old pickup he uses to haul wood. " Anna called dispatch for an ambulance, then radioed Chief Ranger Brown. He'd been instrumental in hiring her, but the call was more than just courtesy or toadying.
Rather than waste breath arguing the obvious, Anna made an cxccutive decision she knew she'd pay for later but, hell, in for a penny... "Randy," she cut him off. "I need you to go back to the ranger station. " She went on to list all the things in the evidence collection kit that he hadn't bothered to bring. Its absence didn't make her think worse of him. Murder in the parks, any crime that required intricate collection of trace evidence for that matter, was rare. Rangers were trained in it, but without cause to use those skills, most lost them.
Fries catfish in some kind of batter that Chez Paul would die for. " Walking just ahead of Anna through an infestation of kudzu that smelled disconcertingly like grape Nehi, Stilwell said: "He'd've had contact with the Poseys when renewing their lease, I guess. Other than that I can't say. Why? " Anna laughed. " She wasn't precisely compiling a list of suspects, but Thigpen was an irresistible target. Like a needle to True North, her suspicions turned to sexists and sloths. Wishful thinking. Most sexists and sloths lacked the intellectual acuity or energy to commit crimes of much intricacy.