By Nevada Barr
Nevada Barr brings her acclaimed big apple instances bestselling Anna Pigeon sequence to Minotaur Books with considered one of her such a lot compelling, complicated novels yet! Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the nationwide Park provider, is newly married yet on administrative go away from her activity as she recovers from the traumas of the prior couple of months. whereas the actual wounds have healed, the emotional ones are nonetheless therapeutic. along with her new husband again at paintings, Anna comes to a decision to head and stick with an previous buddy from the Park provider, Geneva, who works as a singer on the New Orleans Jazz NHP. She is not on the town lengthy prior to she crosses paths with a tenant of Geneva's, a creepy man named Jordan. She discovers what looks an try to position a curse on her--a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols; and starts off to slowly locate lines of very darkish doings within the middle of post-Katrina New Orleans. Tied up in all of this is often Jordan, who's certainly not what he seems to be; a fugitive mom accused of killing her husband and daughters in a fireplace; and faint whispers of disagreeable goings-on within the center of the slowly getting better urban. Now it's going to take all of Anna's talents discovered within the untamed open air to navigate the city jungle within which she unearths herself, to discover the threads that attach those likely disparate humans, and to rescue the main weak of creatures from the main savage of animals.
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