Park Ranger Anna Pigeon
stumbles upon a gruesome murder with frightening racial overtones in the latest installment of the bestselling series. "What lifts the Anna Pigeon novels far above most of the other contemporary amateur sleuth mysteries is Barr's exquisite writing--it swoops, it soars, sails then catches you unawares beneath the heart and takes your breath away," proclaimed the Cleveland Plain Dealer of last year's Liberty Falling . In Deep South , Nevada Barr takes our breath away once again as her heroine travels cross-countryto Mississippi, only to encounter terrible secrets in the heart of the south. The handwritten sign on the tree said it all: REPENT. For
Pigeon, this should have been reason enoughto turn backfor her beloved Mesa Verde. Insteadshe heads for the Natchez Trace Parkwayand the promotion that awaits her.Almost immediately, she finds herself in the midst of controversy:as the new district ranger, she faces resentment so extreme her ability to do her job may be compromised, and her life may very well be in danger. But all thoughts of personal safety are set aside withthe discoveryof a young girl's body ina country cemetery, a sheet around her head, a noose around her neck. Thekudzu is thick and green,the woods dark and full of secrets. Andthe ghostsof violence hover as Anna struggles for answersto questions that, perhaps, should never be asked. Deep South proves that, "likethe parks and monuments she writes of, Nevada Barr should be declared a national treasure" ( The Bloomsbury Review ).