Flashback

Flashback

An Anna Pigeon Novel

Book - 2003
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Escaping a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. This island paradise has secrets it would keep, not just in the present, but in shadows from its gritty past, when it served as a prison during the Civil War, and for the Lincoln assassination conspirators afterward. Here, on this last lick of the United States, in a giant crumbling fortress, Anna has little company besides the occasional sunburned tourist or unruly shrimper. When her sister, Molly, sends her a packet of letters from a great-great-aunt who lived at the fort with her husband, a career soldier, Anna's fantasy life is filled with visions of this long-ago time. But a mysterious boat explosion and the discovery of unidentifiable body parts keeps Anna anchored to the present, and she soon finds crimes of yesterday and today closing in on her. A tangled web that was woven before she arrived threatens her sanity and her life. Cut off from the mainland by miles of water, poor phone service, and sketchy radio contact, Anna must find answers and weather a storm that rivals the hurricanes for which the islands are famous.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2003, 2004
ISBN: 9780425194492
0425194493
9780399149757
0399149759
Characteristics: 387 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm

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bibliophage91
Oct 24, 2010

Flashback by Nevada Barr is one in a series of mystery novels featuring Anna Pigeon, intrepid US National Park ranger. She’s actual law enforcement, carries a gun sometimes, and is big into the derring-do.

This is book N of the series, but it holds up nicely if you have not read any others (as I had not).

It’s an interesting concept book, in which there are parallel mysteries of present-day and a series of letters from 150+ years ago, written by a family member staying at this same fort.

Give Nevada a star for this!

http://bibliophage91.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/flashback-nevada-barr/

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cindylou50
Aug 11, 2010

enjoyed this one!

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