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 dangerous 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 recognized for wonderful deep-water dives of wrecked crusing vessels. forsaking stories of the Texas excessive wasteland and the environmental rip-off she helped discover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake enhanced and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. but if a regimen program for a diving enable finds a grisly underwater homicide, Anna reveals herself 260 ft less than 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 think for the desert and a willing realizing of characters who thrive in severe stipulations, a pretty good demise is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.
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Years of submersion had robbed the bodies of most of their corporeal selves and they were translucent as wraiths. Think of something else, Anna commanded herself. As she entered the familiar channel between Amygdaloid Island and Belle Isle, and saw the ranger station snugged up safe from storms at the foot of the moss-covered cliff, she allowed herself one short dream of cholla cactus and skies without milky veils of moisture, of a sun with fire to it and food hotter even than that. After the lion incident at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Anna had felt the need to move on, to start over.
The air had an electric feel to it, fueled by alternating currents between the three divers. Anna didn’t ask what was up. She had little doubt that some revealing sparks would soon begin to fly. Within a couple of minutes Denny ducked in out of the drizzle, a plate of blackened fish in his hands. Lamplight caught beads of water on his hair and they flickered orange, a jeweled halo around his face. “Supper,” he announced. “D’Artagnan’s last supper. I’ll drink to that,” Holly said. Despite the liquor, her voice was clear and low, but Denny winced as if she had shrilled at him.
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. “Stand off, stand off, you turkeys,” Anna muttered under her breath.
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