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Firestorm (Anna Pigeon Mysteries) Paperback – 1 May 1997

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380725827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380725823
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,455,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Delight. . .A scorching, baffling tale. . .It almost singes you as you turn the pages."--" Detroit Free Press"One Scary Book. . .Firestorm is Intense."--" Orlando Sentinel"Gripping. . .Harrowing. . .Brilliantly Executed"--" Washington Post Book World"Thrilling. . .Remarkable."--" New York Times Book Review

"A brilliantly executed mystery." -- "Washington Post Book World" "A delight...it almost singes you as you turn the pages." -- "Detroit Free Press"


"A brilliantly executed mystery." -- Washington Post Book World "A delight...it almost singes you as you turn the pages." -- Detroit Free Press


-A brilliantly executed mystery.- -- Washington Post Book World -A delight...it almost singes you as you turn the pages.- -- Detroit Free Press
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Format: School & Library Binding
It's difficult to write a review without giving away the plot - which I really do not want to do with Firestorm. After the deceptively matter-of-fact beginning came a passage of drama which I found terrifying and gripping. No crazed psychopaths here, but an impervious natural world that decides to do the "red in tooth and claw" bit. An admirable heroine, and an impressive description of the setting really ring the changes with the traditional "one of us here must have done the murder" plot.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like the Nevada Barr "Anna Pigeon" mysteries and this is the 4th I've read. Great mix of mystery and info about US National parks and the park rangers. Worth a try. I slip the read in between other heavier stuff and the acid test is I dont fall asleep!
Added bonus is buying cheaply 2nd hand and getting quick service. This is proper recycling.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anna Pigeon, National Park Ranger, is busy salving and binding the blistered feet of forest fire fighters, when other duties beckon. Before too long she is part of a team heading into the mountains and they are unluckily caught in the path of a turned fire. Each person knows the drills that must be followed for survival, but one man is already injured. They do their best, but after the firestorm roars over them, some of the team are dead.
Anna is not just an EMT - she has law enforcement duties, and she notices inconsistencies - like how did a person get stabbed in the middle of the blaze? The team can't descend the mountain yet and is running low on supplies so as Anna gets to know the men and women sitting with her in the hot ashes, she faces the fact that one of them is a killer.
This is an excellent, intelligent read.
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excellent research , informative as well as riveting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stranded in a burnt-out wilderness with a murderer 19 Feb. 2014
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
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What I find so satisfying about this series so far is that the books are adventure stories as well as novels of detection. In this book Anna Pigeon has volunteered to be a medical emergency technician treating firefighters in California.

While in camp, Anna and a crew of firefighters are overtaken by a flash fire. The tale of how they cope is riveting. The odd part is that one of the crew members is murdered while taking shelter from the firestorm.

Anna swings right into action investigating. With her tendency to be blunt and intrusive, she winds up offending the innocent as well as alarming the guilty. Anna has never been in a stickier situation.

Happily, FBI agent Frederick Stanton shows up, to help Anna with her investigation via radio communication and to pursue their unconventional romance. I really enjoy watching the interactions of these middle-aged lovers.

The plot of Firestorm is so complex that the reader doesn't have much hope of figuring out whodunit. I'd much rather be surprised anyway. The hidden agendas of the various characters add to the interest of the story. And the fire-ravaged forest with its crashing trees and thermal pools makes for a very chilling landscape.

So this is another winner from Nevada Barr. I'm glad this is a long series with many books to come.
4.0 out of 5 stars A HARROWING RIDE THROUGH A CALIFORNIA FIRESTORM 7 Aug. 2016
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"FIRESTORM" IS AN EXCITING, UNIQUE LOOK AT A 'JACKNIFE' FIRE IN CALIFORNIA'S LASSEN NATIONAL PARK, WRITTEN BY REAL-LIFE PARK RANGER NEVADA BARR. "FIRESTORM" TELLS THE REAL STORY OF WHAT IT'S LIKE FOR FIRE FIGHTERS WHO OFTEN FIGHT IN LIFE-OR-DEATH STRUGGLES AGAINST THESE SUDDEN DEADLY FIRES, OF WHICH. CALIFORNIA HAS HAD MORE THAN ITS SHARE. BARR PAINTS A COMPELLING PICTURE OF PARK RANGER ANNA PIGEON, WHO IN ADDITION FIGHTING THE FIRE HAS TO INVESTIGATE AN UNLIKELY MURDER WHICH HAD TO OCCUR DURING THE SUDDEN FIRESTORM AND THE LEFT-OVER FIREFIGHTERS DESPERATE STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE. BARR'S ANNA PIGEON MYSTERIES HAVE AS THEIR LOCALES THIS NATION'S NATIONAL PARKS; HER INSIGHTS AND DESCRIPTIVE NARRATIVE MAKE HER STORIES IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic! 20 Jun. 2013
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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All Nevada Barr books are smart, well-written, carefully crafted mysteries with well-developed characters, descriptions the reader actually WANTS to read, clever dialogue, many potential suspects, and more than one potential solution. Beyond that, the reader learns a great deal about life in the National Park system and the various parks in which the mysteries are set. Even better, she keeps the reader thinking about social issues, but as an underlying thread running through the plots, rather than blatant and distracting pronouncements. Nevada Barr books are intelligent mysteries with substance and Firestorm is one of my favorites. The cast of characters (suspects) is isolated and one of them had to have done it, which makes it similar to Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. A classic puzzle! Given the potential for grand scale action (wildfires), the complexity of the plot, and the intriguing cast of characters, I just wonder ... why has no one made a movie from this book?!
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting setting; not the most puzzling mystery 22 May 2013
By D. Andrew Kille - Published on Amazon.com
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I had heard about Nevada Barr's series of mysteries set in National Parks and decided to start with this one because it was set in Lassen National Park where I have spent some time. It was an enjoyable read, but I suspect a rather unusual setting. It is set among a group of wildfire fighters who become stranded during a firestorm, and the mystery unfolds in that context. A lot of the story is devoted to the survival techniques required by the firefighters, and the mystery of the murder itself is not terribly profound. I was more interested in the shifting dynamics among the small group of not-quite-compatible firefighters than in solving the murder. I do think I will read more in the series to see how Barr works with the Anna Pigeon character in more conventional situations.
5.0 out of 5 stars You never know where Anna will pop up next... 27 Sept. 2014
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I would call Nevada Barr one of the more florid authors. Her prose is sometimes a little too colorful but is nicely offset by her use of "down home" metaphors and euphemisms. Unlike James Lee Burke, who is the clear master of prose in this genre, but will leave you pulling your hair out as he takes a page and a half to follow a spider down a wall with no purposeful connection to the story.

I also like that Ms Barr is letting our heroine age gracefully. Maybe sometimes not so gracefully. Oh, and had the author been anonymous, I never would have guessed that she was female.
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