By Nevada Barr
Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns, in a secret that unfolds in and round Lake more desirable, in whose chilling depths sunken treasure comes with a perilous expense. In her newest secret, Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a brand new submit amid the chilly, abandoned, and remoted fantastic thing about Isle Royale nationwide Park, a distant island off the coast of Michigan identified for amazing deep-water dives of wrecked crusing vessels. abandoning thoughts of the Texas excessive barren region and the environmental rip-off she helped discover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake greater and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. but if a regimen program for a diving enable unearths a grisly underwater homicide, Anna unearths herself 260 toes under the forbidding floor of the lake, looking for the relationship among a drowned guy and an age-old shipment send. Written with a naturalist's believe for the wasteland and a willing figuring out of characters who thrive in severe stipulations, a solid demise is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.
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The Coast Guard’s array of warning signs-Diver Down, Shallow Water, Buoy, No Wake-were just so many pretty wayside decorations to half the pilots on the lake. ” Anna switched her radio from the hailing frequency to the working channel: “Affirmative, it’s me over here. I’m going to come alongside on your port side. Repeat: port side. On your left,” she threw in for good measure. “Um… ten-four,” came the reply. For the next few minutes Anna put all of her concentration into feeling the boat, the force of the engines, the buck of the wind and the lift of the water.
The old tub had enough buoyancy left that a few more minutes wouldn’t make much difference. And, by the sagging flesh of the man’s cheeks and his dilated pupils, Anna guessed he was about half shocky with fear and cold. Hal finished his pile of Boy Scout knots and made his way back the length of the boat. He was younger than the man white-knuckling the stern line, maybe thirty-five. Fear etched hard lines around his eyes and mouth but he looked, if not entirely reasonable, at least able to listen.
The phone call won. ISRO was connected to the mainland by radiophone, and anybody with the right frequency and a passing interest could tune in. But it was the only link with the outside world and Anna was glad to have it. The booth provided for NPS employees was built of pecky cedar, but after years of use it smelled like a dirty ashtray. Set off in a small clearing in the spruce trees, windows on all four sides, it had the look of the bridge on a tugboat. Several yards away, next to a sixty-watt bulb on a metal post, was a bench for people waiting to use the phone.