Feisty, resourceful forestranger Anna Pigeon faced everything from raging fires to deep-water dives with cool aplomb in her first five adventures. Very early in Blind Descent her courageis put to an even greater testwhen she learns that awoman seriouslyinjured while exploring a cave next door toNew Mexico'sCarlsbad Caverns isa friend who has requested Pigeon's help in getting her out. "A chilling image filled Anna's mind: herself crouched and whimpering,fear pouring like poison through her limbs, shutting down her brain as the cave closed in around her." Pushing aside her fears, Pigeon takes the plunge, leading readers through a truly harrowing seriesof tight squeezes. Nevada Barr is so good at involving us in Anna's terror that when she finally resurfaces, we share her "unadulterated joy. Even the dirt smelled alive... When she saw her first stars, she croakedout her delight from tired lungs." Above ground, Anna quickly gets involvedin two possibly linked murders and becomes a rifleman's target. As we sharethe progress ofher investigation, a sneaky suspicion starts to grow of possible suspects within the small community of spelunkers and National Park Service bureaucrats. Barr couldn't possibly ask Anna to go back underground again, could she? When it happens, of course, it seems inevitable--and just as frightening as the first time.
Shelfari edited the description of Blind Descent Sunday, August 2, 2009.