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Nevada Barr
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Bestseller Barr skillfully blends sticky border issues, marital strife and politics in her exciting 15th novel to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon. Anna, on leave because she's still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder suffered in 2008's Winter Study, takes a delayed honeymoon with her sheriff husband, a rafting trip in Texas's Big Bend National Park. The Rio Grande reveals a number of surprises, including a stranded cow and, more disturbingly, a dying pregnant woman caught in a strainer. Fortunately, the resourceful Anna is able to perform a C-section and save the baby's life if not the mother's. Things get really serious after a sniper kills first the couple's guide and then a fellow rafter. Meanwhile, at Big Bend's Chisos Mountain Lodge, Houston mayor Judith Pierson announces she's running for governor, and her security chief must worry about keeping Pierson's errant husband in line. The vivid Texas backdrop lends color. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Will a river-running trip down the Rio Grande help park ranger Anna Pigeon recover from her devastating winter in Isle Royale (Winter Study)? Wrung out and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, Anna has been put on administrative leave. She and husband Paul opt to vacation in Texas's Big Bend National Park. The group trip quickly hits the rapids, leaving them raftless and helping a half-drowned woman give birth at the river's edge. Who is she, and is she a Mexican national? When this stranger dies and a sharpshooter starts aiming at the tourists, Anna moves into full gear-with a newborn baby in her arms. The parallel story involves Darden White, a longtime security guard smoothing the way for his charge, who is launching a campaign for governor at Big Bend. Mayor Judith Pierson is as scrappy as Anna, and when the two story lines intersect, fierce action ensues. Straddling the U.S.-Mexico border, the Rio Grande makes a fitting metaphor for the undercurrents in our two countries' relationships. Leave it to Anna to tackle both racism and sexism in her usual, indefatigable way. An essential series for all public library mystery collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/08.]-Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Anna Pigeon
Age: 50s
Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder; on administrative leave; takes a delayed honeymoon with her husband; discovers a dying pregnant woman during a rafting trip; saves the baby; a sniper kills their tour guide and then a fellow rafter.
Park ranger

Anna's husband; takes his wife on a rafting trip to get her mind off her job.

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