By Nevada Barr

Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns, in a secret that unfolds in and round Lake stronger, in whose chilling depths sunken treasure comes with a dangerous fee. In her most modern secret, Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a brand new submit amid the chilly, abandoned, and remoted great thing about Isle Royale nationwide Park, a distant island off the coast of Michigan identified for wonderful deep-water dives of wrecked crusing vessels. abandoning thoughts of the Texas excessive wilderness and the environmental rip-off she helped discover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake stronger and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. but if a regimen software for a diving enable unearths a grisly underwater homicide, Anna unearths herself 260 ft under the forbidding floor of the lake, trying to find the relationship among a drowned guy and an age-old shipment send. Written with a naturalist's suppose for the barren region and a willing realizing of characters who thrive in severe stipulations, an outstanding loss of life is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.

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The desert, with its curtains of heat and scoured, star-deep skies, was for dreaming. This land of mist and dark water took all of one’s mind up with the day-to-day chore of staying alive. In the lee of Kamloops Island the water flattened out reassuringly. Even so, the Low Dollar was beginning to drag down the Belle’s stern. Anna cut throttle to an idle. All forward motion stopped immediately. She went up onto the deck where Hal stood staring morosely at the streaming blue hump that was his boat.

The stern fender was already out. Leaving Amygdaloid Ranger Station, she’d forgotten to pull it in and it had been banging in the water the whole way. I’ll never be an old salt, Anna told herself. Sighing inwardly, she pushed right throttle, eased back on left, and sidled up behind the smaller boat. Together they sank into a trough. The Low Dollar wallowed and heaved like a blowsy old woman trying to climb out of a water bed. Her gunwales lay dangerously close to waterline and Anna could see a bucket, a wooden-backed scrub brush, and an empty Heaven Hill bourbon bottle drowning in their own little sea on the flooded deck.

The wind took her words and flung them out over the channel. Anna was just as glad. As her helper turned, faced the last light from the western sky, she realized it was Holly’s brother, Hawk, the third man in the Sister’s three-person dive crew. Many people made the mistake. The twins were so alike they seemed two sides of a coin; male and female brought together just once to share the same species. At thirty-two, Hawk’s sister, Holly, was tall, the cut of her features clean without hardness, her dark hair soft but not fine.

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