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An insatiable, unstoppable beast, the wildfire called Jackknife has already devoured 17,000 acres of California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. A devastating force of nature, it has brought out the very best -- and worst -- in those sworn to defeat it. Ranger Anna Pigeon is among the exhausted firefighters, serving as medic and spike camp security, when an abrupt weather shift sends Jackknife racing relentlessly in their direction. And when the monstrous blaze has passed, Anna emerges from her protective shelter to discover two men are dead: one a victim of the hungry flames, the other stabbed through the heart. Now, trapped in a nightmarish landscape of snow and ash, cut off from rescue by a rampaging winter storm, Anna must investigate an inexplicable homicide -- as she and nine others struggle to survive the terrible rage if nature. . . and the murderer in their midst.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, [1997], c1996
ISBN: 9780380725823
Characteristics: 324 p


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Nov 09, 2015

My least favorite of the Anna Pigeon series. Mostly about surviving in extreme circumstances (cold and fire) with a little bit of a murder mystery thrown in at the end. Still gonna keep reading the series however.

Aug 28, 2015

Based on the simply ok prior book, Ill Wind, I was gob-smacked by how great Barr's aptly named Firestorm is. The tense pacing of story is consistent throughout as Anna struggles to both survive and determine the killer's identity. You may end up checking your smoke detectors above you as you read. I sure hope her remaining books can approach the quality of Firestorm.

Apr 20, 2015

Nevada Barr is one of the best out there to put you in the moment with her vivid detailing of place. You feel the fear, the heat, the pain, along with her characters. You are dropped in the center of a forest fire firestorm, and come out with the smoke and fire damage to prove it. A good mystery, with the question, who did not want to kill the victim more to the point that who did. Well worth reading.

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