The Rope

The Rope

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Anna Pigeon has been a ranger with the National Park Service for many years, but she had a very different life before tragedy sent her west seeking something new. Now Nevada Barr finally tells the previously untold story of Anna’s first foray into the wild, and the case that helped shape her into the ranger she became.

Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she 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. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation.

As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and that 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, strength, and will to live that she didn’t even know she still possessed in order to survive, outwit, and triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511362887
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/20/2016
Series: Anna Pigeon Series , #17
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for her New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Ranger, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Clinton, Mississippi

Date of Birth:

March 1, 1952

Place of Birth:

Yerington, Nevada


B.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1974; M.A., University of California at Irvine, 1977

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The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of Nevada Barr's long-running series of novels about park ranger Anna Pigeon are in for a slight but enjoyable detour with "The Rope." Instead of advancing the series in time, it takes us back to the beginning, when Anna, in 1995, first gets involved in ranger work as a seasonal employee on the shores of Lake Powell. The novel opens with Pigeon's co-workers wondering why she's disappeared, and some thinking she skedaddled back to New York after finding the work too difficult. The truth is far different. Anna is lying naked, her head aching from a blow and one arm dislocated, at the bottom of a "jar" -- a smooth-sided canyon that can only be accessed or escaped by a ladder that Anna doesn't have. As the sun beats down, she finds what appears to be a miracle -- a canteen containing water. Anna drinks it and sleeps -- the water was drugged. When she wakes, she finds the word "whore" carved into the flesh of her thigh. How Anna escapes her prison and unravels the clues to find the identity of her assailant form the basis for a mystery that keeps the reader's interest, whether a first-timer to the series or a fan who's read all of the Pigeon books. Going back to the beginning, The Rope establishes Anna's self-reliant personality and the ways it is tested by her ordeal in the desert and her dealings with others. Supporting characters are also well-defined, as well as details about the not-so-glamorous life of a park ranger. It's a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As in all her work, Navada Barr brings the sights, sounds, smells and textures of her local to vivid life. The story is peopled with quirky characters and a very special little animal. There is relentless tension with a creepy undercurrent of psychosis close at hand. I love the character, Jenny. I hope Ms. Barr will write another retrospective Anna Pigion novel so we can more of her.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Awesome Weekend Read. Loved it from beginning to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, interesting plot, couldn't stop reading it, HOWEVER, seriously under edited. I had to skip a lot of boring repetitive dialogue and musings to keep my interest.
Pheasant90 More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing! I'm a big fan, and was glad to see some solid back-story on Anna Pigeon. Some parts felt a little stretched, but all in all a great story and a really good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Nevada Barr books in the Anna Pigeon series, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. This prequel is no exception--it was excellent. On a scale of one to ten, I would give it a ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a winner. Exciting to know about Anna's start!
pgbirdlet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exciting, sometimes too exciting. I liked it better than Borderline, but Barr is always interesting. Borrowed from a friend.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Regis Candor took a swig of his beer and watched his neighbor, Jenny Gorman.A fiercely held belief among old-timers is that Glen Canyon was even more beautiful than its relative to the west, the Grand Canyon. To those of us who've seen the Grand Canyon, it defies belief that another could be even more awe-inspiring. None of us will ever be able to form our own opinions, however, because a dam was built on the Colorado River, Lake Powell slowly filled, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was formed.Anna Pigeon's husband is dead, and life as she's known it has ended. In an attempt to escape memories and make a clean start, she decides to become a park ranger and accepts the first opening she's offered. Before she knows it, she's boarded a bus and headed for Page, Arizona, and Lake Powell-- an incredible blaze of colors from the water and the sky to the red sandstone cliffs.She doesn't mix all that much with the other employees, and on a day off she decides to go for a hike... and never returns. Since she wasn't the friendliest of souls, her co-workers think she didn't like the job and has moved on, but that's not the case. Anna wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a natural dry well. She's naked. She has no supplies, and she has no clear memory of how she got in this situation. As Anna slowly pieces things together she realizes that someone has put her in this natural prison and that no one else even knows that she's missing. If she's to survive, this city girl is going to have to survive, to outwit her captor, and to emerge triumphant. The alternative is unthinkable.Once again Nevada Barr hits a home run. Her setting is a land of incredible beauty, and she's a master of putting her readers right in the middle of the place she's chosen-- not just with breathtaking descriptions, but with facts. It's evident that Barr is as sickened as I am with how visitors treat the area, and some of her facts made me glad that I never tested the waters during any of my visits there.This prequel was a sheer delight to read, allowing me to see Anna as she was at the very beginning and to watch her develop into the character I've come to love and trust. If you haven't read any of the Anna Pigeon books yet and you're wondering if you should read them in order of publication (starting with Track of the Cat) or in chronological order with The Rope, you could do it either way. (Personally I would prefer order of publication.) For those of you who have no intentions of committing to the entire series, please don't pass up the opportunity to read this book.If you read the last book in the series, Burn, and did not care for the violence or the rather graphic subject matter, you don't have to worry about it in this book even though your antennae probably twitched at the words "naked, at the bottom of a well." Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this story about our Anna at the very beginning.
bjmitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Amazon Vine I've just read Nevada Barr's new novel coming out January 17, 2012. The Rope is a prequel to the whole series.In this story Anna Pigeon is 35 and she is still numb with grief at the loss of her husband, Zach, in an accident she witnessed in NYC. She has a satisfying career as a stage manager on Broadway, but she decides it might help to take some time completely away from everything familiar. She takes a summer job at Glen Canyon National Park, stationed at Dangling Rope Marina on Lake Powell.Anna and her housemate Jenny work hard at their job clearing the area of human waste, and trying to educate vacationers about the proper way to handle toileting (to put it nicely) in the great outdoors. Jenny likes Anna but can't make a connection. Then Anna disappears. She went hiking alone on her day off and accidentally found herself in a peck of trouble. In this story we see the making of the strong, independent woman we've grown to love over the years. She enters this summer job weak, too thin, and grief stricken. She ends the summer strong, resilient, and determined to become a national park ranger; I don't think that's giving anything away.Meanwhile, the characters she meets and the trials and dangers she withstands are engrossing. This is an old-fashioned page turner. Anna learns that the area isn't desolate; it has its own life and beauty. I discovered another place I want to see for myself. I also came away with a new respect for her character now that I know the beginning of her story.
justmelissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Rope, Nevada Barr takes us back in time to before Anna joined the National Park Service. Anna is fleeing the New York theater scene after the tragic and unexpected death of her husband. She's taken a summer job as a seasonal park employee on Lake Powell, cleaning up after careless vacationers. On her day off, Anna disappears from employee housing. Her coworkers think she's jumped ship, tired of the monotonous work. But, Anna hasn't left town ... she's trapped at the bottom of a pit and left for dead.I really enjoyed this entry in the Anna Pigeon series. We learn exactly how Anna morphed from grieving widow to a law enforcement officer with the National Park Service. The book gives us a bird's eye view as Anna learns to trust her instincts and believe in herself again. Her summer at Lake Powell is just the beginning of the journey we've taken with Anna through her various Park assignments over the years. And although though the series, Anna's learned a lot about herself, nature, and love it's clear that her curiosity, grit, and determination have been with her all along.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest Anna Pigeon mystery takes readers back to her first ranger job, not long after her husband's death. Unsurprisingly, then, this installment reads like more of a psychological thriller than the previous books have been. Not only is Anna still struggling with the loss of her husband, but she undergoes another intense trauma that shakes her very soul. There is enough action, interspersed here and there, to keep it gripping, and Barr introduces a pretty interesting, well-fleshed out set of characters, including a deliciously morally ambiguous person who even at the end there's some doubt about. And a baby skunk!Overall an engaging read, with, as usual, plenty of nature thrown into the mix.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, which helps explain the tough person Anna is today. Starts out with a terrific bang, and doesn't let up with many references to what brought Anna to where she is today.
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nevada Barr has done it again and written another spine-tingler of a book in which Anna Pigeon moves from one life-threatening situation to another. This book has a little different twist to it, however, as it is set in the past immediately following the death of Anna's first husband, Zach. Anna is spending the summer as temporary park help at Powell Lake. When the book opens, Anna is naked and imprisoned in a "jar", which is a hole in the rocks. She has a canteen of drugged water and a corpse to keep her company. Of course, it's obvious to the reader that Anna survives all of this since most will have read her later adventures as Ranger Anna. Nonetheless, the suspense is palpable throughout because it is never quite clear who the perpetrators of the evils against Anna is. This reader thought she had it all figured out and still managed to be surprised by the resolution of the story. This one is not to be missed by fans of Anna Pigeon and her many adventures.
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RFD More than 1 year ago
Unlike other Nevada Barr books that I've read, this book is a dark and depressing book with no redeeming qualities that I could find. Since our book club chose to read this book, I tried to force myself to read it. Every page was misery. I would manage to get through maybe two pages at a time before I couldn't bear it any longer. I can't imagine why or how someone would want to write about this unrelieved misery. This depiction of Anna Pigeon was nothing like the ones in her other books. There are some very good Anna Pigeon books out there, but not this one. I have to wonder why she wrote this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books. Full of adventure, drama, excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My high hopes for a prequel to the Anna Pigeon series were not only destroyed, but they were ground into dust. This book was incredibly boring and Anna came across as not only an idiot, but a helpless one at that. The book dragged on and I slogged through it, thinking about how I wished it would end already. This doesn't even seem like a part if the same series, possibly not even written by the same author. Books 1-15 were all at least pretty good. Books 16 and 17 were way out in left field. If Nevada Barr had a ghost writer, I wish she would have read the series before trying to add to it. If it is actually Barr doing the writing, I have to wonder what the heck happened to her? Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Nevada Barr's books featuring Anna Pidgeon are some of the best books I've ever read and this story is no exception. They are full of action and great suspense, plus the descriptions of the parks and surrounding areas come to life as you read. I've been to many of the National Parks Ms Barr's writes about, and she describes them just as I remember them. To the reviewer who rated this book a 3, why not rate the story line on its own merit rather than on editing errors? The fact that you finished reading the book anyway proves how good it is.
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MMS-RET More than 1 year ago
The story is really a "pre-quel" to the Anna Pigeon books. The character studies, including those of Anna and the other rangers is well delineated and interesting. Some parts of the book are exciting and thrilling The identity of the criminal is not a secret but the way he is brought to justice adds to the drama.
VPat More than 1 year ago
This novel fleshes out Anna Pigeon's character and makes her more real. A great mystery, loads of information about the setting - everything that makes me love her novels.
ohenrysmom More than 1 year ago
This book was so boring I didn't even finish it!!
e-l-g More than 1 year ago
An excellent and interesting read to help the reader understand many of Anna's motivations and memories that make her such an interesting character. She has had many adventures, but none quite as desperate as this, yet her courage never really wavers. No great mystery, but still a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I have never read a bad book by Nevada Barr. Every single novel has been absolutely awesome. This one was especially good in that it shows her first experience with a mystery in a national park. Excellent book and series.