"Strong Ranger mystery"
Forty eight hours after receiving a proposal from Sheriff
Paul Davidson in Natchez, Mississippi, Anna accepts a
temporary posting as a temporary Supervisory Ranger in the
National Parks Service. Her assignment is for eight to
twelve weeks in the Dry Tortugas National Park on Gardenn
Key, as far south as one can go and still remain in the
United States. On the surface, the place seems like
paradise but there is an evil undercurrent running beneath
the surface that Anna taps into.
Anna's predecessor has gone insane and is currently
undergoing treatment. His girlfriend Theresa mysteriously
vanishes but what really arouses Anna's suspicion is the
mysterious boat that explodes, killing two people with one
of the victims wearing a smuggler's tattoo. Anna believes
somebody is putting a drug in her bottled water. When she
finally figures out what is going on, Anna has to act fast
to prevent a massacre from occurring.
Nevada Barr intertwines the story of Anna's ancestors who
lived on Tortugas right after the Civil War with what is
happening to the heroine in the present day. Both stories
are fascinating and keeps the reader's attention until the
last page is turned. Anna has been in some very dangerous
situations but this is her best adventure to date. It just
doesn't get any better than FLASHBACK.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 10, 2003