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Flashback de Nevada Barr
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Flashback (edição: 2004)

de Nevada Barr (Autor)

Séries: Anna Pigeon (11)

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Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. This island paradise has secrets it would keep; not just in the present, but in shadows from its gritty past, when it served as a prison for the Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War. Here, on this last lick of the United States, in a giant crumbling fortress, Anna has little company except for an occasional sunburned tourist or unruly shrimper. When her sister, Molly, sends her a packet of letters from her great-great-aunt who lived at the fort with her husband, a career soldier, Anna's fantasy life is filled with visions of this long-ago time. When a mysterious boat explosion - and the discovery of unidentifiable body parts - keeps her anchored to the present, Anna finds crimes of past and present closing in on her. A tangled web that was woven before she arrived begins to threaten her sanity and her life. Cut off from the mainland by miles of water, poor phone service, and sketchy radio contact, and aided by one law-enforcement ranger, Anna must find answers or weather a storm to rival the hurricanes for which the islands are famous.… (mais)
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Título:Flashback
Autores:Nevada Barr (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2004), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
Coleções:Lidos mas não possuídos, Kindle
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Etiquetas:mystery

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Anna Pigeon leaves her assignment on the Natchez Trace Parkway to temporarily fill the shoes as Chief Ranger at Dry Tortugas National Park off the coast of Key West. The ranger there is on medical leave as others question his sanity. Anna receives a packet of letters written by an ancestor who accompanied her husband to Fort Jefferson during the Civil War, the main feature of the national park. The present story involves a boat explosion, the injury of the other law enforcement ranger, dives to learn more about the boat and its potential business, and more. The past story dealing with the Lincoln Conspirators imprisoned in Fort Jefferson is told completely through the letters. Each story could stand on its own--and probably should have. I love historical fiction, but I read Nevada Barr's work for Anna's story and found myself tiring of the endless letters. They occupied far too much of the story, and I found myself asking whether her ancestor would have written such long letters. While I enjoyed both stories, they didn't really work that well together. This is more of a 3.25 star read than a 3.0, but it's not quite up to a 3.5 one so I'm rounding down. I listened to the audio book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 22, 2020 |
In this one, we go to Florida. Actually, to 70 miles off the Florida shore, to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Dominated by the nineteenth-century Fort Jefferson, a fort that was never used for actual defense because of technological changes in weapons, the Garden Key is home to Anna Pigeon temporarily. She has been recruited to replace the Supervisory Ranger on an interim basis, until he either recovers or is replaced permanently. The previous SR was taken away when he started seeing ghosts and other phenomena not of this world.

Anna is able to dive again, this time to survey the remains of a go-fast boat that had exploded, causing one of the fort's rangers to go missing. Aspects of the boat's explosion, and its behavior prior to, make it suspicious. What was it doing out there? Who are the people who were on it? It turns out to be not especially easy to answer these questions.

While Anna and other law enforcement personnel investigate, Anna also receives a package from her sister Molly. The package includes letters written by a woman who lived at Fort Jefferson during the time when Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned there. Mudd was convicted of assisting John Wilkes Booth in his assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The letters tell a tale of intrigue from that prison. These letters alternate with the current story of Anna and the go-fast boat. Thus we have two different stories going on at the same time, from different eras but at the same location.

The go-fast boat story is multi-layered and results in an interesting conclusion, with many varied characters. Starring the prickly Anna, of course, who gets in people's hair as always and is, again, threatened herself. I was less interested in the Mudd story for a couple of reasons: I am not a fan of stories that try to imitate writing styles of the past. It can be tiresome to me. I don't know what alternative I'd want, honestly, and thus I rarely read historical fiction. I also question the thinking processes given to the characters: is it realistic that a woman who was raised at that time would internalize so much religion while at the same time ignore many other aspects of a woman's life? While there are always people who are out of step with their time, I always question these fictional ones. In general, I didn't love this part of the book, although I did rather like the sketches of life at the time in that location.

I always like the maps at the front of these books and I always look up the locations. I am learning so much about our national parks. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Anna Pigeon is back. This time as a park ranger on one of the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park off the coast of Florida. She's there to fill in temporarily for another ranger who has fallen ill and run from a marriage proposal she doesn't know what to do about. While there she takes to reading old Civil War era letters written by a great-great-aunt that play an integral part in a mystery surrounding a missing woman. When a mysterious boat explosion yields unidentified body parts Anna is in the thick of the crime; as usual getting herself into sticky situations. If you remember from earlier Pigeon mysteries, she is extremely claustrophobic. To give you an idea, the scene where she is diving under an engine to recover parts of a dead man...
In typical fashion Barr describes this national park in such a way you want to book a flight to it immediately. She captures the culture, the atmosphere with vivid detail. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 21, 2019 |
It's been a long time since I read this book but I have read the entire series, up until the most current book and I really like it. I love how the series is set outdoors in the different parks. If you like C.J. Box, then you'll like Barr too. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
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Due to the isolated locale and complex nature of Dry Tortugas National Park, this book could not have been written without the cooperation of the people who work at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. My thanks go out to Superintendent Maureen Finnerty, Chief Ranger Bill Wright, Linda Irey and, most especially, Supervisory Ranger Paul Taylor, who took the time to show me all the nooks and crannies above and below sea level; Captain Cliff Green and First Mate Linda Vanaman, who shared their stories, expertise and wonderful attitudes toward all things fishy; Al Riemer, who let me hang around his shop and gossip; and Mike Ryan, who made history come alive through his knowledge and research.
HISTORICAL NOTE

In 1865, Dr. Samuel Mudd was tried and convicted for aiding and abetting John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Lincoln. He received a sentence of life imprisonment to be served at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, Florida. Two years later, during a yellow fever outbreak at the prison, Dr. Mudd acted courageously, using his medical skill to treat the sick. Acknowledging his services, President Andrew Johnson pardoned him in 1869. Though there has been a great deal of discussion over Dr. Mudd's guilt or innocence, the device of the doppelgänger was a complete fiction created for this story.

A month after Dr. Mudd was pardoned, Samuel Arnold's case was reviewed. President Johnson found there was sufficient doubt about his participation in the conspiracy to pardon him as well. After his release, Mr. Arnold lived a quiet life of seclusion on his farm in Maryland. In 1906, at the age of 72, Samuel Arnold died of consumption at his home. His wife and children were at his bedside.

Throughout their lives, both men maintained their innocence of any crime connected with the death of Mr. Lincoln.
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Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. This island paradise has secrets it would keep; not just in the present, but in shadows from its gritty past, when it served as a prison for the Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War. Here, on this last lick of the United States, in a giant crumbling fortress, Anna has little company except for an occasional sunburned tourist or unruly shrimper. When her sister, Molly, sends her a packet of letters from her great-great-aunt who lived at the fort with her husband, a career soldier, Anna's fantasy life is filled with visions of this long-ago time. When a mysterious boat explosion - and the discovery of unidentifiable body parts - keeps her anchored to the present, Anna finds crimes of past and present closing in on her. A tangled web that was woven before she arrived begins to threaten her sanity and her life. Cut off from the mainland by miles of water, poor phone service, and sketchy radio contact, and aided by one law-enforcement ranger, Anna must find answers or weather a storm to rival the hurricanes for which the islands are famous.

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