Nevada Barr (born March 1, 1952, Yerington, Nevada) is an American author best known for her Anna Pigeon series of mystery novels set in national parks in the United States.
Although Barr was born in Nevada, she was named not after her state of birth but after a character in one of her father’s favorite books. She grew up in Johnstonville, California, and finished college at the University of California, Irvine. With a masters degree in drama, she pursued a career in theater, TV, films, commercials and voice work for almost two decades.
When her then-director husband changed careers and became interested in the environmental movement she began working as a seasonal park ranger in the summer.
Barr created the Anna Pigeon series while working at her second seasonal job in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. Pigeon is a law enforcement ranger with the United States National Park Service. The books in the series take place in various national parks, where Pigeon solves murders that are often related to natural resource issues.
Barr’s first permanent Park Ranger job was on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. She resigned to focus on writing when her books began to achieve commercial success.
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Anna Pigeon series
1993 Track of the Cat (ISBN 0-399-13824-2) Guadalupe Mountains National Park
1994 A Superior Death (ISBN 0-399-13916-8) Isle Royale National Park
1995 Ill Wind (ISBN 0-399-14015-8) Mesa Verde National Park
1996 Firestorm (ISBN 0-399-14126-X) Lassen Volcanic National Park
1997 Endangered Species (ISBN 0-399-14246-0) Cumberland Island National Seashore
1998 Blind Descent (ISBN 0-399-14371-8) Carlsbad Caverns National Park
1999 Liberty Falling (ISBN 0-399-14459-5) Statue of Liberty National Monument
2000 Deep South (ISBN 0-399-14586-9) Natchez Trace Parkway
2001 Blood Lure (ISBN 0-399-14702-0) Glacier National Park
2002 Hunting Season (ISBN 0-399-14846-9) Natchez Trace Parkway
2003 Flashback (ISBN 0-399-14975-9) Dry Tortugas National Park
2004 High Country (ISBN 0-399-15144-3) Yosemite National Park
2005 Hard Truth (ISBN 0-399-15241-5) Rocky Mountain National Park
2008 Winter Study (ISBN 978-0-399-15458-4) Isle Royale National Park
2009 Borderline (ISBN 978-0-399-15569-7) Big Bend National Park
2010 Burn (ISBN 978-0-312-61456-0) New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
2012 The Rope (ISBN 978-0-312-61457-7) Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
2014 Destroyer Angel (ISBN 978-0-312-61458-4) Superior National Forest
Standalone novels Barr has published three other books besides the Anna Pigeon series:
1984 Bittersweet (ISBN 0-312-08244-4) a lesbian historical novel set in the days of the Western frontier.
2003 Seeking Enlightenment – Hat by Hat : A Skeptic’s Path to Religion (ISBN 0-399-15057-9) a memoir
2009 131⁄2 (ISBN 978-1-59315-553-7) psychological thriller
Barr has received a number of awards and nominations for her work. Her début novel, Track of the Cat, won the 1994 Anthony Award and Agatha Award for “Best First Novel”. Her next novel, Superior Death, was nominated for the Dilys Award in 1995. Firestorm was nominated for the 1997 Anthony Award in the “Best Novel” category. Blind Descent was the next novel to receive attention from the mystery community, receiving a “Best Novel” nomination at the 1999 Anthony Awards, Dilys Awards and the Macavity Awards in the same year. Deep South, published in 2000, won the Barry Award for “Best Novel” and was again nominated for the Anthony Award in the same category.
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5. ^ a b “The Dilys Award – (Imba)” (http://www.mysterybooksellers.com/dilys-award). Mysterybooksellers.com. March 31, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
6. ^ “Mystery Readers International’s Macavity Awards” (http://www.mysteryreaders.org/macavity.html). Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
7. ^ “Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine- Barry Awards” (http://deadlypleasures.com/barry.html). Deadlypleasures.com. October 9, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
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