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 expense. In her most modern secret, Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a brand new put up amid the chilly, abandoned, and remoted great thing about Isle Royale nationwide Park, a distant island off the coast of Michigan recognized for amazing deep-water dives of wrecked crusing vessels. abandoning thoughts of the Texas excessive barren region and the environmental rip-off she helped discover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake more suitable and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. but if a regimen program for a diving enable unearths a grisly underwater homicide, Anna reveals herself 260 toes 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 prepared realizing of characters who thrive in severe stipulations, a great loss of life is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.
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The first was of the America, the pleasure/mail/supply ship that serviced the island in its heyday as a resort community. The second was of the America ’s bow thrust up through the ice; a pathetic trophy held in the lake’s wintery grip long after it had struck a shoal and sunk in the North Gap outside Washington Harbor. The third, a long glimmering underwater shot, was of the once sleek-sided ship vanishing into the darkness of the lake. The bow of the America was still scarcely a yard beneath the surface but her stern rested eighty feet down.
Maybe she’d been hiding in the wilderness long enough. Maybe it was time to go back to civilization. It would be good to shave her legs, pull on something silk, go to a pretentious party in lipstick and hose. She looked out the window of the phone box. Damien still inhabited the bench. Not with the air of a man waiting impatiently-or patiently-but of a man with no better place to be. The wide-set eyes were fixed on a pileated woodpecker high in an aspen tree. He watched with the total unaffected concentration of a child.
Still, Anna had worn out her welcome in West Texas. The next move, she promised as she eased the Bertram up to the dock, would be back to the Southwest, to the desert. And with a promotion; twenty-two thousand dollars a year was getting harder and harder to live on. The 3rd Sister, a handsome forty-foot cabin cruiser with a high-ceilinged pilot’s cabin and a flying bridge decked out in red and white pin-striping, was moored across the dock. A hibachi stood unattended on the rough wooden planking of the pier.