Destroyer Angel

18th in the Anna Pigeon mystery series
#8 on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

DESTROYER ANGEL was been chosen by "Booklist Online" as a “Best of the Year” audiobook for 2014. Everyone's favorite, and much asked for, Barbara Rosenblat, is the narrator.

Top ten New York Times bestseller, Nevada Barr, returns with the latest riveting Anna Pigeon novela vacation trip to the Iron Range in Minnesota....  which goes harrowingly wrong.

Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen. 

On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River.  When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.

Note from the author on the writing of Destroyer Angel along with research photos:

The writing of Destroyer Angel was an adventure in itself.  I found myself wondering whatever happened to Heath Jarrod, the woman Anna became friends with in Hard Truth.  A germ of an idea began to form, so I Googled 'paraplegic paraphernalia' and, among others, a company called "Blue Sky Designs" in Minneapolis, MN popped up.  They make things to help disabled people work and play more easily in the wilderness.  For those of you who, like me, have too long a past to keep all the details straight, in Hard Truth Heath is a paraplegic.  "Very cool, I thought," so I emailed Blue Sky Designs.

They knew who I was!

So, right there, I knew these were highly intelligent women of taste.

I was invited to Dianne's office/production facility, a wonderful creative space in Minneapolis, and was introduced to Sherry Rovig, one of Dianne's designers.

Sherry, Dianne, and me

Dianne showed me much groovy stuff

I was allowed to pet the office dog

Blue Sky Designs production house