By Nevada Barr

ISBN-10: 0425194493

ISBN-13: 9780425194492

The five-week New York Times bestseller, now in paperback.

Running from an offer of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a submit as a brief supervisory ranger on distant backyard Key in Dry Tortugas nationwide Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a traditional harbor seventy miles off Key West. This island paradise has secrets and techniques it is going to maintain; not only within the current, yet in shadows from its gritty earlier, whilst it served as a jail for the Lincoln conspirators in the course of and after the Civil conflict.

Here, in this final lick of the U.S., in an incredible crumbling citadel, Anna has little corporation apart from the occasional sunburned vacationer or unruly shrimper. whilst her sister, Molly, sends her a packet of letters from a great-great-aunt who lived on the castle along with her husband, a occupation soldier, Anna's fable existence is full of visions of this long-ago time.

When a mysterious boat explosion-and the invention of unidentifiable physique parts-keeps her anchored to the current, Anna unearths crimes of earlier and current remaining in on her. A tangled internet that used to be woven sooner than she arrived starts to threaten her sanity and her lifestyles. bring to an end from the mainland through miles of water, bad cellphone provider, and sketchy radio touch, and aided by means of one law-enforcement ranger, Anna needs to locate solutions or climate a typhoon to rival the hurricanes for which the islands are recognized.

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I cannot tell you how many times over the eighteen years I've been married I have heard Joseph say exactly those words. " Of all the phrases in language and literature, hearing myself parrot that one upset me nearly as much as anything that had happened heretofore. "We'll both go," I said. Most everybody had already gone to the mess hall or was shut up in their quarters getting ready to go on stage. Still I told Tilly to hush. Luanne had been set to watching Mrs. Caulley's three children, and I don't know which of the four shrieked the loudest at not being allowed to watch the entertainment.

Dry was even better. Without humidity the air felt pounds lighter, slid into the lungs effortlessly. The physical ease was a relief, but as ever in the gullet of bureaucracy, the magic was gone. The place looked like a hundred other park offices: vaguely dingy, crowded, metal desks and chin-high partitions cutting up what little space there was. Teddy Shaw sat behind the first desk, staring at the now ubiquitous computer screen. Teddy was younger than her husband by a dozen years or so, thirty to thirty-five at a guess, and a couple of inches taller, an advantage her posture seemed bent on rejecting.

It had been forced upon him when he'd begun to come unglued. "His girlfriend, a little Cuban number as cute as a basket full of kittens, ran out on him," Daniel had told her, his voice low and gentle as usual. He consistently spoke as if a baby slept in the next room and he was loath to wake it. "Lanny was a terrific guy, but he was getting up there, fifty-one this last birthday. At his peak he couldn't a been much to look at. Hey, I like Lanny just fine, but, well, even he knew he was about as good-looking as the south end of a northbound spiny lobster.

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