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Liberty Falling af Nevada Barr

Liberty Falling (original 1999; udgave 1999)

af Nevada Barr (Forfatter)

Serier: Anna Pigeon (7)

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While in New York to visit her desperately ill sister, park ranger Anna Pigeon becomes drawn into an investigation of a series of strange murders in Statue of Liberty Park.
Titel:Liberty Falling
Forfattere:Nevada Barr (Forfatter)
Info:G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1999), Edition: 1st
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Liberty Falling af Nevada Barr (1999)


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Synopsis: 'Tenacious park ranger Anna Pigeon leaves the country wilderness for the wilds of New York City, where her sister Molly is hospitalized. Although Anna is on leave, she gets involved in the investigation of two murders. An unidentified child falls to her death from the Statue of Liberty. The main suspect dies. Anna is attacked. An actress is near fatally bludgeoned on Ellis Island. Anna's conviction that these events are connected leads to a cross-country search for a right-wing fanatic. The characters include Charlie DeLeo, the caretaker of the Statue of Liberty's torch, and Anna's former lover, FBI Agent Frederick Stanton, now smitten with Molly.'
Review: One of her best stories. I was taken with the creepiness of the abandoned buildings on the Island and with descriptions of the Lady, herself. I was delighted that Frederick and Molly finally got together. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 24, 2021 |
For me, this was the best Anna Pigeon novel so far. She gets to see Molly - in not so good circumstances, she gets to see some guys (new and old), and best of all - she wanders all over the abandoned buildings at Ellis Island. That was the best thing about the book. Sure, there's the usual murder plot, but I liked the setting immensely. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Anna finds herself in New York! Calling attention to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monument. Our parks system is not all wilderness. However, in this mystery, Anna finds herself exploring the deteriorating "Islands II and III" on Ellis Island - buildings that were part of the immigration center but that have not yet been restored (although efforts have begun). These parts of the national monument are not open to the public, as they are not safe. Anna finds this particularly true when she is pursued by some unknown person through precarious structures.

Anna is sharing space on Liberty Island with other park rangers, primarily so that she can spend time with her sister Molly, who is critically ill. Her status allows her free run of the islands in return for being available as needed.

When a young woman appears to throw herself off the statue of liberty, to her death, there are many questions. Anna is interested in part because she had spent some time talking to the ranger who was chasing the young woman and who, some said, might have pushed her. In addition to this friendly guy, Anna meets Charlie De Leo, a real person, who gave her a tour of the flame and explained how Liberty was his life.

We follow Anna through her investigation into the death and into the hospital, where she meets her former lover, Frederick, who has come to be with Molly. Personal and professional complications abound.

As always with the Anna Pigeon novels, we are treated to aspects of national parks and monuments that we may never otherwise know about. Barr has a gift for showing us, through her words, the beauty and special qualities of these places. I have been to Ellis and Liberty but of course did not know about islands II and III, and now I am most curious. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
This is the story of Anna Pigeon and her visit to New York when her sister, Molly gets sick and is in the hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian. Anna ends up staying with a friend on Liberty Island. The mystery was very well done. I got this paperback from free from the library because a friend in a reading group has read this author and highly recommended her. The mystery was very well done and the book held my attention throughout. This book was supposed to be my "read while I am eating" book but then on 3/11/19 I started reading while the cable guy was hooking up cable and finished the book. The story was well written, good editing, and good character development. This is my first time reading this author and I so enjoyed the book I will be reading more by her. ( )
  CrystalToller | May 25, 2019 |
This book is set in New York City and the federal park involved is Lady Liberty and the close by Ellis Island. Anna Pigeon lived in NYC before with her husband but after he was killed by a motor vehicle she left for the life of a ranger in the national parks. At this point in her life she is stationed in Mesa Verde park (scene of the book Ill Wind) but she comes back to New York when her only sibling, her sister Molly, is gravely ill in hospital. Anna is staying on Liberty Island with a friend who works for the National Parks Service so she is somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life. However, since it is late June the harbour is lively with boats some of which place their music loud late into the night. Anna just isn't used to big city noise anymore but she has to stay until Molly gets better. However, she can't stay at the hospital all the time, especially since her ex-boyfriend, Frederick Stanton who has fallen in love with Molly, shows up and is wooing Molly in her hospital bed. So Anna spends some of her free time exploring the decrepit ruins of Islands II and III of Ellis Island. She almost comes to grief when one of the staircases crumbles under her but ends up with nothing worse than a gash to her thigh. Then she discovers one of the actresses hired at Ellis Island for the summer historical pageants bashed on the head and close to death. When a guard at Lady Liberty falls to his death one evening and it doesn't seem like suicide, it is starting to look like it is dangerous even on Lady Liberty. Of course, Anna is right in the thick of it.

Maybe because all the other books by this author I have read have been set in the outdoors I wasn't as taken with the setting. As a Canadian, Lady Liberty and Ellis Island don't mean anything to me but I'm sure for Americans, especially ones who emigrated through New York, this would be a fascinating read. However, like Anna, I can hardly wait to get back into the open spaces in her books. I've sort of read this series higgeldy-piggeldy. Two of the other books that I have read (Ill Wind and Flashback) took place before this one but two are set after (Blood Lure and High Country). I have to admit that I have forgotten some salient details about Anna's life (like Frederick Stanton) but it doesn't really seem to matter. Each book stands on its own well so I guess I'll just keep reading the series as books come my way. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 8, 2017 |
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