High Country

High Country

Book - 2004
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It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own-or died in the park. Needing an out-of-park ranger to work undercover, Anna is detailed to dining-room duty; but after a week of waiting tables, she knows the missing employees are only the first indications of a sickness threatening the park. Her twenty-something roommates give up their party-girl ways and panic; her new restaurant colleagues regard her with suspicion and fear. But when Anna's life is threatened and her temporary supervisor turns a deaf ear, she follows the scent of evil, taking a solo hike up a snowy trial to the high country, seeking answers. What waits for her is a nightmare of death and greed-and perhaps her final adventure.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, [2004], ©2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399151446
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Description: 323 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 09, 2011

In High Country, Anna Pigeon turns her hands to outright sleuthing. Still taking place in a National Park, this story finds Anna going undercover as a waitress (!!) in famous Yosemite Park’s fanciest lodge.
Yosemite’s head ranger is worried that a serial killer is stalking the area, with four young people inexplicably vanished from the park. Anna has been brought in to replace one of them, a waitress.
In some ways, I wonder whether this is an inevitable turn for Anna, since her continued closeness with death is becoming implausible even to her co-workers.

Well-written and outright scary in parts, this story more creeps me out about Yosemite rather than making me want to visit.
Similarly, our lovely Anna reveals hidden darkness as she fights for her life in the long climax of the story. As I pass my entry point to the Anna chronicles I wonder whether this should be the end of the tale – if going on too much longer will turn her into a Spenser for Hire or Nancy Drew trapped outside time.

Dec 30, 2010

Listened to audiobook version

Good storyline, well paced detective adventure.
Set in Yosemite National Park, about an undercover Ranger from another park investigating disappearances of 4 Yosemite Park employees.

A little long at 9.5 hrs.


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