Such a busy week! & 100+ degrees. Unseasonably warm.
I've just finished reading Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra.
Slated to be drowned by a dam, the California state park patrolled
by the author of this haunting memoir is a "condemned landscape"
of gorgeous river canyons hemmed in by exurban sprawl
and peopled by eccentric gold miners, squatting families,
drug dealers and miscellaneous drunken, gun-waving rowdies, a place
where "turkey vultures floated... savoring the hot air for the
inevitable attrition of heat, drought and violence."
It's set in the area where I live. Recommended.
I'm pretty knowledeable about park rangering because I've read all but one of the 14 Anna Pidgeon mysteries by Nevada Barr; each is set in a different National Park.