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Blind Descent (An Anna Pigeon Novel)
by Nevada Barr

Published: 2009-10-06
Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
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Park ranger Anna Pigeon is enjoying the open spaces of Colorado when she receives an urgent call. A young woman has been injured while exploring a cave in New Mexico?s Carlsbad Cavern Park. Before she can be pulled to safety, she sends for her friend Anna. Only one problem: a crushing fear of ...
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Park ranger Anna Pigeon is enjoying the open spaces of Colorado when she receives an urgent call. A young woman has been injured while exploring a cave in New Mexico?s Carlsbad Cavern Park. Before she can be pulled to safety, she sends for her friend Anna. Only one problem: a crushing fear of confined spaces has kept Anna out in the open her whole life.

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Feisty, resourceful forest ranger Anna Pigeon faced everything from raging fires to deep-water dives with cool aplomb in her first five adventures. Very early in Blind Descent her courage is put to an even greater test when she learns that a woman seriously injured while exploring a cave next door to New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns is a friend who has requested Pigeon's help in getting her out. "A chilling image filled Anna's mind: herself crouched and whimpering, fear pouring like poison through her limbs, shutting down her brain as the cave closed in around her." Pushing aside her fears, Pigeon takes the plunge, leading readers through a truly harrowing series of tight squeezes. Nevada Barr is so good at involving us in Anna's terror that when she finally resurfaces, we share her "unadulterated joy. Even the dirt smelled alive... When she saw her first stars, she croaked out her delight from tired lungs." Above ground, Anna quickly gets involved in two possibly linked murders and becomes a rifleman's target. As we share the progress of her investigation, a sneaky suspicion starts to grow of possible suspects within the small community of spelunkers and National Park Service bureaucrats. Barr couldn't possibly ask Anna to go back underground again, could she? When it happens, of course, it seems inevitable--and just as frightening as the first time.

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  "Blind Descent"by Faye C. (see profile) 03/21/16

Great setting for a murder. The journey allowed me a tiny peak into the lives of spelunkers. Caving involves an incredible level of trust, leadership and dependence on others not easily enjoyed by most... (read more)

 
  "Blind Descent"by Karen H. (see profile) 03/21/16

Great story about Carlsbad Caverns and caving,
The facilitator included a video of the caves that were mentioned in the book.

 
  "BLIND DESCENT"by Debra B. (see profile) 02/22/12

I have read all the Nevada Barr books. They give insite to our National Parks as well as be great mystery reads.

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