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Boar Island

An Anna Pigeon novel ;

Anna Pigeon novel.
Boar Island
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Large print edition.
Publisher Info:
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
Physical Description:
587 pages ; 23 cm.
An Anna Pigeon novel ; [book 19]

Anna Pigeon novel.
General Note:
"1408885"--Back cover.
Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry---her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.


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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorAn Anna Pigeon NovelWhen cyber-bullying and stalking drive the adopted teenage daughter of Anna Pigeon's friend Heath Jarrod to a suicide attempt, Anna invites them to join her at her new post at Acadia National Park in Maine. But the stalker has followed them east . . .

Author Notes

Nevada Barr was born on March 1, 1952. She is the author of a series of mysteries involving national parks. She draws on her own experience as a National Park Service ranger to thrill readers with the majesty of nature. Anna Pigeon, the heroine of such novels as A Superior Death and Endangered Species, is a rough-and-tough ranger who left the wilds of New York for the great outdoors, and is modeled after Barr.

Barr began writing in 1978, garnering national attention with the publication in 1993 of Track of the Cat, which won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for Best First Mystery Novel. Her novels are known for breathtaking descriptions of nature, diverse settings, and a no-nonsense heroine. She also provides frequently unflattering portrayals of the National Park Service.

Her works include 13 1/2, Winterstudy, Borderline, Burn, The Rope and Destroyer Angel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Barr's fast-paced but sometimes predictable 19th Anna Pigeon novel (after 2014's Destroyer Angel), the National Park Service ranger accepts a short-term assignment in Maine's Acadia National Park. She's joined by her friend Heath Jarrod, Heath's spry Aunt Gwen Littleton, and 16-year-old Elizabeth, Heath's adopted daughter and Anna's goddaughter, who has been targeted by a vicious cyberstalker at home in Boulder, Colo. They soon realize that the stalker has followed Elizabeth to Maine, but because of jurisdictional issues and vague laws, the local police can do little. Meanwhile, Anna becomes involved in a murder investigation that pits her against a pathologically cunning, increasingly unstable adversary. Barr excels at conveying the often harsh realities faced by lobstermen and their families, though her depiction of the antagonist is less compelling and fails to achieve nuance or dimension. Still, readers looking for a lively escape in a rugged, brutal, but magnificent landscape should find plenty to enjoy. 150,000 first printing; author tour. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Anna Pigeon is asked to fill in for the chief ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, but before she can leave, her best friend Heath's daughter, Elizabeth, Anna's goddaughter, attempts suicide. Turns out she's been the victim of cyberbullying taken to the extreme. It slowly comes out that Elizabeth was sexually assaulted by her best friend's father. Anna and Heath, along with Heath's aunt Gwen, decide to get the girl out of town. They take Elizabeth to Maine and stay on Boar Island. As Anna assumes her new role, a lobsterman is murdered in town. While the case is outside of her jurisdiction, Anna still gets caught up in it. Denise, a park ranger, is assigned to drive Anna and is acting hinky. There's a murder attempt on Anna's life, kidnappings, and the cyberbullying evolves into stalking, leading to a hot mess in Acadia and a real page-turner. Barr's fans will be happy with this nineteenth entry in the long-running and consistently popular series.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2016 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Anna's temporary assignment as acting chief ranger at Maine's Acadia National Park offers a perfect opportunity for her friends Heath and Gwen to tag along, putting some distance between their teenage daughter Elizabeth and the cyberbullying that has made her life in Colorado a nightmare. But additional issues crop up in Maine as Elizabeth's stalker follows her to isolated Boar Island. At the same time, Anna must investigate a murder. Unfortunately, Anna's concern with Elizabeth leaves the goings-on at the park in the backseat. Barbara Rosenblat's usual fine performance creates a strong listening experience. Fans who were disturbed by the violence in previous series installment Destroyer Angel will prefer this book. Verdict Quibbles aside, this is a fine novel. Fans of the series will enjoy. ["As in the previous mysteries, a dramatic landscape is a major presence": LJ 2/15/16 starred review of the Minotaur: St. Martin's hc.]-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.