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Book review: “The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel” by Nevada Barr

“The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel” (Minotaur Books, $25.99) by Nevada Barr is the prequel to the first 16 books of the series. The author goes back in time to tell how Pigeon became a park ranger.

The story takes place at Lake Powell in southern Utah. Barr's description of the area makes you wonder why you haven't been there.

Anna is 35 when she leaves New York City to spend the summer working at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which covers more than 1.2 million acres.

Older than the other “seasonal” workers, she mostly keeps to herself. She is grieving the death of her husband and looking for a reason to live.

Work in the park is grueling, and seasonal workers sometimes quit without notice.

Anna goes hiking alone and wakes to find herself at the bottom of a solution hole, a dry, natural well caused by the softening of limestone.

She didn't fall — she was pushed. She is naked, the water she has is drugged, and she discovers a dead woman buried in the hole with her. There is no one to hear her scream. Her ordeal lasts four days.

Meanwhile, her clothes are gone from her room, as if she just left and went home. But her housemate, Jenny Gorman, does not believe she would do that without a word.

When Anna is rescued from the solution hole, she begins to exercise, to build her frail body up to full strength. If she meets her abductor again, she will be ready.

The author describes Anna's time in the solution hole graphically and vividly. The suspense builds as she attempts to find a way out. Fans of this series will enjoy how Anna finds the determination and courage to find a new career as a park ranger.

— Betty Lytle

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