By Nevada Barr
Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns, in a secret that unfolds in and round Lake stronger, in whose chilling depths sunken treasure comes with a dangerous cost. In her newest secret, Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a brand new put up amid the chilly, abandoned, and remoted fantastic thing about Isle Royale nationwide Park, a distant island off the coast of Michigan recognized for wonderful deep-water dives of wrecked crusing vessels. abandoning stories of the Texas excessive barren region and the environmental rip-off she helped discover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake more advantageous and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. but if a regimen program for a diving let unearths a grisly underwater homicide, Anna unearths herself 260 ft under the forbidding floor of the lake, trying to find the relationship among a drowned guy and an age-old shipment send. Written with a naturalist's consider for the desert and a willing realizing of characters who thrive in severe stipulations, a fantastic loss of life is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.
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I’ll never be an old salt, Anna told herself. Sighing inwardly, she pushed right throttle, eased back on left, and sidled up behind the smaller boat. Together they sank into a trough. The Low Dollar wallowed and heaved like a blowsy old woman trying to climb out of a water bed. Her gunwales lay dangerously close to waterline and Anna could see a bucket, a wooden-backed scrub brush, and an empty Heaven Hill bourbon bottle drowning in their own little sea on the flooded deck. Two men, haggard with fear and the ice-slap of the wind, slogged through the bilge to grapple at the Belle Isle with bare hands and boat hooks.
To hear him talk, he’d helped clean up Dodge City. But he wasn’t more than fifty-nine or sixty at most, still a GS-7 making the same salary as Anna. A few of the younger people thought he was a semiromantic has-been. Anna suspected he was a never-was, drinking and talking to rectify a personal history that was a disappointment. He’d been busted down from somewhere and was starting over: new park, new job, new young wife. The new wife wasn’t in evidence. Next to Butkus was Jim Tattinger, the park’s Submerged Cultural Resources Specialist.
One of the perks of being Chief Ranger was being spared some of the employee get-togethers. Holly and Hawk Bradshaw were conspicuous by their absence. The pooped-party feel did not surprise Anna. Living in such isolated places, NPS managers felt a responsibility to instill a sense of “family” into their employees and, accordingly, planned endless potlucks, Chrismooses, chocolate pigouts, and receptions. Usually these attempts at building an esprit de corps failed. People came because there was nothing else to do and left as early as good manners—or good politics—allowed.
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr