I read this book about 10-Nov-2013. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1993. This note was last modified Saturday, 23-Nov-2013 15:56:12 PST.
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Anna Pigeon is a national park ranger. She's mostly into the solitude, it looks like, and she hates the management politics and the prioritizing of humans over the landscape and wildlife they're supposed to be protecting.
And bodies drop into her lap. She's law-enforcement qualified, but that doesn't give as much training as police get, and she hasn't handled that many murder investigations. And her boss isn't at all sure murder happened, for most of the book.
This one is set in a desert park in the southwest, and starts with her looking for traces of mountain lions.
She's not an especially interesting character for me, but she isn't off-putting, and she seems to encounter quite a lot of "incidents".