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Blood Lure

by Nevada Barr

Blood Lure
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2001, 336 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2002, 352 pages

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The laws of nature take a terrifyingly murderous turn in this spellbinding addition to the bestselling series featuring Park Ranger Anna Pigeon.

In Blood Lure, Anna returns to the West, where she is sent on a training assignment to study the grizzly bears in Waterton/Glacier National Peace Park, straddling the border between Montana and Canada. But back in her beloved mountains, where the air is pure and cool, Anna fails to find the spiritual renewal she expected. Instead, nature seems to have become twisted, carrying a malevolence almost human in its focus.

Along with bear researcher Joan Rand and a volatile and unpredictable teenaged boy, Anna hikes the backcountry, seeking signs of the bears. On their second night out, the tables are turned: one of the beasts comes looking for her. Daybreak finds the boy missing and a camper dead, her neck snapped by a single blow, the flesh of her face cut away with a knife. Feeling betrayed by both nature and humanity, Anna must find the beast stalking the trails--leading her readers deep into a gripping wilderness life-or-death mystery.

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With the exception of a nine-week-old Australian shepherd puppy, sniffing and whining as if he'd discovered a treasure chest and sought a way inside, everyone was politely pretending Anna didn't stink.

Under the tutelage of Joan Rand, the biologist overseeing Glacier's groundbreaking bear DNA project, Anna had spent the morning in an activity so vile even garbage men had given her wide berth, holding their noses in awe.

Near Glacier National Park's sewage processing plant, behind an eight-foot chain-link fence sporting two electrified wires, and further protected in an aluminum shed the size of an old two-holer outhouse wrapped in six more strands of electrical fencing, lay the delights the excited black and white pup whiffed: two fifty-gallon drums filled with equal parts cows' blood and fish flotsam, heated and left to steep for two and a half months in what was referred to as the "brew shed."

Joan, apparently born without a gag reflex, had ...

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Entertainment Weekly

Barr's deft touch with both characters and plot ensures total immersion for the reader.

Bloomsbury Review

Like the parks and monuments she writes of, Nevada Barr should be declared a national treasure.

The Denver Post

Nevada Barr takes readers on a journey like no other. With Blood Lure, she proves once again that she has enough story-telling ability to power a dozen different series

Bloomsbury Review

Like the parks and monuments she writes of, Nevada Barr should be declared a national treasure.

The Denver Post

Nevada Barr takes readers on a journey like no other. With Blood Lure, she proves once again that she has enough story-telling ability to power a dozen different series

Library Journal

Barr's popular park ranger, Anna Pigeon, searches for peace of mind in Waterton/Glacier National Peace Park on the Canadian border, where she is assigned to count grizzlies. Of course, she finds murder instead.

Publisher's Weekly

The author's masterful descriptions of the natural world immeasurably enhance an exciting, suspenseful story that is sure to flirt with bestseller lists.

Publisher's Weekly

The author's masterful descriptions of the natural world immeasurably enhance an exciting, suspenseful story that is sure to flirt with bestseller lists.

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