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In her fourth mystery, park ranger Anna Pigeon and her companions discover a slain firefighter in a Northern California park, sending them on a search for a murderer in the midst of a ravenous winter firestorm. 35,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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As part of the army battling the Jackknife fire in northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park, Anna, in her capacity as spike camp medic and security officer, tends the injuries and the frayed nerves of the firefighters. When the National Weather Service predicts a cold front followed by snow, promising to all but extinguish the fire, the camp is demobilized, but a last-minute rescue of a firefighter with a broken leg detains Anna and the San Juan crew. Driven on by the erratic thunderstorm of the front, wind shears in the steep canyon, creating the deadly weather conditions for a firestorm. As the ravine explodes in flames propelled by the racing winds, the crew tries desperately to outrun the blaze, ultimately seeking refuge in their individual silver fire shelters wryly referred to as shake 'n' bakes.
When the fire finally passes, Anna emerges from her shelter to check on the fate of her companions. The sound of each exhausted voice, the sight of each bruised and blackened figure, is cause for celebration - until one member of the crew is found inside his shelter with a knife in his back. With darkness comes snow, making immediate rescue impossible, and Anna must tend to the physical and emotional wounds of the crew while seeking the identity of the murderer in their midst.

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Park ranger Anna Pigion and her companions discover a slain firefighter in a Northern California park, sending them on a search for a murderer in the midst of a winter firestorm

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's, c1996
ISBN: 9780399141263
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Fire storm


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Nov 09, 2015

My least favorite of the Anna Pigeon series. Mostly about surviving in extreme circumstances (cold and fire) with a little bit of a murder mystery thrown in at the end. Still gonna keep reading the series however.

Aug 28, 2015

Based on the simply ok prior book, Ill Wind, I was gob-smacked by how great Barr's aptly named Firestorm is. The tense pacing of story is consistent throughout as Anna struggles to both survive and determine the killer's identity. You may end up checking your smoke detectors above you as you read. I sure hope her remaining books can approach the quality of Firestorm.

Apr 20, 2015

Nevada Barr is one of the best out there to put you in the moment with her vivid detailing of place. You feel the fear, the heat, the pain, along with her characters. You are dropped in the center of a forest fire firestorm, and come out with the smoke and fire damage to prove it. A good mystery, with the question, who did not want to kill the victim more to the point that who did. Well worth reading.

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