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A Superior Death by Nevada Barr

By Nevada Barr

Less than the frigid waters of Lake stronger lies a sunken 1927 wreck-the ultimate resting position of its 5 sufferers. but if divers floor with a story of seeing a 6th physique, Anna Pigeon needs to holiday the good Lake's grip on its icy secrets...

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For long minutes Anna sat in the kayak debating the wisdom of continuing. On the one hand, if she got careless or overtired, she could end up providing a lot of search-and-rescue rangers with a healthy chunk of overtime pay for combing the ragged shores for her body. On the other hand, she could return to Rock and face another grating evening listening to the political maneuvering and gossip inherent in a closed community, and another night mildewing in Pilchers floating pigsty. It was not a tough decision.

It meant Denny Castles body. Chris knew Denny. Shed met him once in Houghton and again when shed visited Anna on the island in late May. But Christina chose not to personify death, not to call it by name. Euphemismspassed away, no longer with uscame naturally to her. Once Anna had thought it an affectation. In the year she had known Chris it had persisted to such an extent that she now classified it as, if not a religious taboo, at least a superstition. Molly might well have termed it a neurotic denial of human mortalitybut thats what Molly was paid for.

Feet on the gunwale, Anna eased around the cabin using the chrome railing on the roof to steady herself. Vega passed her the boat hook and she knelt to fish up the Blackducks bow line where it trailed down from the cleat. She pulled it dripping from the shallows and Lucas secured it to the Loreleis stern. As Anna worked her way back aft, the Chief Ranger reeled in their catch. The Blackduck had one full tank of fuel; the other was a quarter full. The engine fired up at a touch of the starter. There was no damage to the hull or the propeller.

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