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The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted, her memories of her time with the wolf study group forever marred by the carnage on the island. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she is on administrative leave, per her superintendent?s urging. Anna wonders if the leave might not be permanent, either by her own choice or that of the National Park Service. The one bright spot in Anna?s life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic ? until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student falls overboard, resulting in an even more grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders and more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman, hair and arms tangled in the downed branches.Instead of the soul-soothing experience they?d longed for, Anna and Paul find themselves sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican desert to the steps of the Governor?s Mansion in Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews:

  • A Rapid Read
    Can't Anna Pigeon get a break? The answer is an apparent no as Nevada Barr really puts the Park Ranger through another series of harrowing events. Anna, on administrative leave, decides to accompany her husband on a white water rafting trip. The river is on the BORDERLINE of Texas and Mexico. Through a series of misfortunes, Anna soon finds herself dodging bullets.

    It's not necessary to have read other book in the series, but fans will Anna Pigeon's progression. She's becomes darker, cynical and paranoid. Readers are also treated to Anna Pigeon's maternal side. Barr again lets the story feed off of the park setting. The plot was slightly predictable, but this novel delivers thrill a page action and brims with tension. If you haven't read the series, this is an excellent place to start.
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  • Good except for medical detail
    I have enjoyed all the Anna Pigeon books up to this point, and this one didn't disappoint. I really appreciated having "the husband" back in the picture and being a strong part of the story. It really irritates me when my favorite heroines finally hook up with an appealing male companion who then is conveniently made to disappear for all further episodes. I hope he stays "in the picture."

    I also felt it was a little more realistic as far as the amount of abuse Anna's body took -- at least there was an acknowledgment of the physical rigors visa vie her age.

    I do wish editors would force better checking of medical facts. An infant's eye color is not set until the infant is a year old for the most part, so determining a day-old infant's eye color is impossible. NO infant's eye color is hazel. Most are gray blue, some are brownish, but the earliest I have seen the iris color declare itself is around four months of age.

    It's just when simple facts that I do know about are wrong, I wonder about the things I don't know about and how accurate they are. But it wasn't enough of an irritation to ruin my enjoyment of the book....more info
  • Thrilling Ride on the Rio Grande
    If you have not had the opportunity to visit our National parklands with Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series, Borderline is a fine example of the best she has to offer.

    Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is attempting to recover from the shock of a near death experience in the cold northern territories [see Winter Study]. To save her own life and protect others; she had to kill a man with her bare hands. Although married to her sheriff/priest husband nearly a year now, their jobs have kept them mostly separated for much of that time. Ordered to go on medical leave to recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ranger Pigeon and her husband Paul decide that a relaxing rafting trip to Big Bend will give them time together to get back in touch with nature and their own inner peace. The combination of the hot desert sun and the flowing river should do the trick.

    The trip turns out to be anything but relaxing. First, the raft overturns in a rapids, spilling everyone and all their belongings--even the live cow they had on board from an earlier rescue attempt. One of the college girls along for the trip then discovers a body trapped in a snag near the shore. In an attempt to retrieve the body for later identification and removal, they discover that the unidentified woman is barely alive and very pregnant. Pigeon's protectiveness is awakened when a new baby enters her world and she would do anything, even kill again, to solve the puzzling riddle that surrounds the child's birth and protect the infant from danger. Running, climbing, dodging bullets and rescuing children seems to be par for the course of Ranger Pigeon's "relaxing" vacation. Why relax when you can get shot, hunted down, and beaten up?

    This trip to the Texas borderlands between the United States and Mexico is rife with political maneuvering, because the Mayor of Houston has chosen the area as the platform from which to announce her run for Governor. Philandering spouse aside, the Mayor and her former Secret Service protector have many secrets that would be dynamite if exposed. At the center of this is a tiny baby born of the now dead woman found in the river. Was the mother attempting to cross the Rio Grande to attempt to gain citizenship for her unborn child? Or is murder floating around the rapids of the Rio?

    After several previous adventures, Ranger Anna Pigeon still has the ability to surprise, entertain and carry you along on a thrilling adventure into the National Parklands of our country.

    by Rhonda Esakov
    for Story Circle Book Reviews
    reviewing books by, for, and about women ...more info
  • Another great story from Nevada - glad I could get it thru Kindle
    Anna is still as cool as ever in this story, even tho she's aging like the rest of us. The only unfortunate aspect of this book is that I inhaled it so quickly I was done in 3 days! Now I have to wait that much longer for Nevada to write another one! ...more info
  • back on track
    I found Borderline to be much more of a page-turner than the previous Anna Pigeon mystery, Winter Study. It was also less violent (a good thing). I have been a fan since the first book in the series and recommend reading them in order. Anna has indeed matured and grows more complex and interesting with each book. Nevada Barr is one of the few authors that I follow closely; I buy her books as soon as they come out and have never been disappointed....more info
  • Gratuitous Violence
    The Anna Pigeon novels have gotten more and more violent, graphic and unbelievable as they went on. Just how many gruesome murders can one person come upon?
    This one started out wonderfully so I was drawn in again thinking we are now going in another direction--Anna looking more at herself and her motives. Anna showing a softer side. However the killing began again in the first part. I thought that was the end of it until the second half when an odd turn of the novel had us watching even more killing and attempted murders.
    This is the very last Nevada Barr novel I will purchase or read....more info
  • Half and Half
    I am a big fan of the Anna Pigeon series but this one gets a mixed review. The first half, about Anna's rafting trip and her struggle with PTSD, is compelling and pushes the story along like a raft in whitewater. The second
    plot, surrounding a politician's ambition and her relationship with one of her bodyguards, brings that raft up against a boulder and the raft starts to swamp. Fans of the series will enjoy it nonetheless, but first time readers should start with one of the other books in the series!...more info
  • one of barrs best
    i really enjoyed this novel. sometimes barr can get bogged down in too many side
    details. this book had tension all the way through. i read it in two sittings....more info
  • Another great read from Nevada Barr
    Good, story line with very interesting twists. A must read for anyone who loves Ranger Anna!...more info
  • fine murder mystery

    After the tragic events at Isle Royale National Park where Ranger Anna Pigeon was forced to kill a man (see WINTER STUDY), she is on administrative leave having been diagnosed with PTSD. Needing to get away with her beloved husband, a pastor and a Law enforcement officer in Mississippi, the newlyweds go on a rafting trip not connected to the Forest Service. They plan to raft on the Rio Grande in the Big Bend National Park that borders with Mexico.

    They spot a cow named Esther on top of a cliff and their group of four college students, the guide and Anna and Paul decide to rescue the animal. They get the frightened cow down the mountain and tie it onto the raft, but it overturns. One of the students finds the body of a pregnant woman trapped in branches and reeds. They free her, but she dies however Anna rescues the baby who they name Helena. Someone fires at them killing the guide and a student. Their dangerous trek back to civilization is fraught with danger. Others try to abduct the baby, but protective like a tiger Anna keeps Helena safe.

    Putting aside the probability of the homicides making Anna a murder magnet, Big Bend National Park comes alive through her eyes as much as the deep caring relationship between her and Paul does even though they have spent little time together in their first year of marriage. The Mayor of Hoosier is holding court at the Big Bend Conference Center where she plans to announce her run for governor, but is distracted by her interest in Helena. Anna remains clueless why the governor like seemingly everyone else she meets is interested in the newborn. Although the infant howling in the wilderness is muted, fans will enjoy Anna's latest adventure as there are many people involved in the mystery of the mother's murder, but none have a motive to kill.

    Harriet Klausner
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  • Even paid more than 9.99
    Very good continuation of the series. I think as we hit our late 40's and early 50's and something life changing happens, a review of our life often takes us back to what we do well. And after 25-30 years in the same field, those skills are what we lean on. I look forward to Anna deciding what the next chapter of her life will be, but I expect that she will heal and recharge and go back to the park service that she loves....more info
  • Barr does it again with Borderline
    I like all of Barr's books, but wonder how much longer Anna can take the physical abuse....more info