The Rope by Nevada Barr
An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)

78%

11 Critic Reviews

Along the way, the obvious culprits turn out not to be so obvious, and Barr succeeds in keeping us guessing as to who the real psychopaths are. Cliffhangers, literal and literary, abound.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Anna Pigeon's first case—this is the story her fans have been clamoring for...this is where it all starts.

In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr's bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna's past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on—her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she found herself in this situation.

As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, determination and will to live that she didn't even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and triumph.

For those legions of readers who have been entranced over the years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon's strength and determination and those who are new to Nevada Barr's captivating, compelling novels, this is where it all starts.

 

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NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for her New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery seriesher New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Range featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Ranger, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louir, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louisiana. siana.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Rope
All: 11 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 01 2011

Along the way, the obvious culprits turn out not to be so obvious, and Barr succeeds in keeping us guessing as to who the real psychopaths are. Cliffhangers, literal and literary, abound.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 19 2012

THE ROPE may be one of the most spine-chilling nature versus human endurance tales Barr has produced.

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City Book Review

Above average
on Apr 19 2012

It’s good but not great.

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Look At OKC

Good
on Feb 19 2012

Fans of this series will enjoy how Anna finds the determination and courage to find a new career as a park ranger.

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Chron.com

Above average
on Jan 21 2012

Her initial numbness may make the beads-on-a-string plot sag a bit

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Nights and Weekends

Excellent

Emotionally deep and electrifyingly gripping, The Rope catches hold and doesn’t let go for the entire trip. It’s not to be missed!

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Blogger News Network

Below average
on Mar 08 2012

If you are going to spend so much time in the course of a book inside a character’s head while he or she dithers about life and his or her sexuality, it would be better spent in a much better book.

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Portland Book Review

Excellent
on Jun 09 2012

For fans of this series, The Rope will provide answers about a character they have grown to love. For those just starting to read this series, The Rope will provide great incentive to read the other books in the series.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Nov 01 2011

A crisply written and revelatory entry in the Pigeon series.

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Mystery Tribune

Below average
on Feb 25 2012

...the plot seems a bit hurried with occasionally irrelevant details tossed in to make the ending logical.

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Jackson District Library

Excellent

...her dealings with the macho sensibilities of both male Rangers and campers make an absorbing tale. The identity of the killer is in doubt until the very last second.

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