By Nevada Barr
Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns, in a secret that unfolds in and round Lake improved, in whose chilling depths sunken treasure comes with a perilous cost. In her most modern secret, Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a brand new publish amid the chilly, abandoned, and remoted fantastic thing about Isle Royale nationwide Park, a distant island off the coast of Michigan identified for amazing deep-water dives of wrecked crusing vessels. abandoning thoughts of the Texas excessive desolate tract and the environmental rip-off she helped discover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake stronger and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. but if a regimen software for a diving let unearths a grisly underwater homicide, Anna reveals herself 260 ft under the forbidding floor of the lake, looking for the relationship among a drowned guy and an age-old shipment send. Written with a naturalist's consider for the wasteland and a prepared figuring out of characters who thrive in severe stipulations, a solid dying is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.
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Anna lowered the binoculars. Isle Royale’s wolves were the shyest of creatures. Some rangers who’d worked the island for years had never so much as glimpsed them. Scat, tracks, howling, confused reports from hikers startled by foxes—that was all most people ever knew of the wolves in summer. In winter, when the island’s dense foliage dropped its leaves and deep snow made tracking easy, a Winter Study team came to ISRO—Park Service shorthand for Isle Royale—for several weeks and studied the wolf packs.
Anna was too tired to help and Hawk and Holly seemed determined to let him serve. When he was finished, he sat down on a stool he’d pulled up. He was the only one at the table, the only one interested, it seemed, in the food. “This is a celebration,” he said, looking not at them but down at his empty plate. ” Anna asked, taken by surprise. Holly began to laugh. Hawk turned his face away from Denny, from his sister. There was as much pain in his look as there had been in Holly’s laughter. Anna stood, drained her glass, shook off their misery.
For a moment they stood in silence, the deck rocking gently. There was scarcely any wind, but thin lines of foam whipping white on the water beyond the Low Dollar never let them forget they were only there on sufferance. “I can’t tow it any further,” Anna said. “I’ve pushed my equipment—and my luck—more than I should have already. ” She pointed to the ragged shoreline where a finger of rock thrust out parallel to Isle Royale, the main island. In the directionless light it was almost indiscernible from the green of the cliffs and the gray of the water.
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr