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Recovering from the emotional scars of recent traumas, National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon goes to stay with her friend, Geneva, in New Orleans, only to become the target of a dark curse, prompting her to investigate what is has to do with Geneva's creepy tenant and a fugitive mother accused of killed her family.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312614560
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Description: 378 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 29, 2019

This has to be the worst Anna Pigeon mystery. It's seedy and dark. I did not enjoy reading about images and situations of child enslavement and prostitution. The subject and they way It's used lead me to think It's to heighten the drama, like a trashy tabloid. In addition, there is way too much over description through out the book. Whole paragraphs or three, just of descriptions. I also hate it when characters do things that are unrealistic. There is no way Claire would have not cooperated with police from the beginning. There is no way Anna would have entered the fancy house with out having an exit plan, backup or notifying someone. She is so clever in every other way.
Put Anna back in the outdoors!!

Jul 27, 2019

It fooled me, which is always good in a mystery/thriller. And I love Anna Pigeon and this series is by far my favorite mystery series. My problems with this particular entry of Barr's are the unsatisfying conclusion, the semi-cliff hanger about Anna's personal life, and the truly horrifying subject matter: child enslavement and sexual abuse. So, not one of my top Anna Pigeons, but a well-written, tightly plotted, gets-under-your-skin thriller nevertheless.

Feb 26, 2016

I did not like this book. It should have never been written.

Oct 25, 2015

My least favorite of a favorite author.

May 18, 2013

I've read several of Ms. Barrs books and I've enjoyed them. Burn's story is covered up by flowery discriptions that do not add to the story and slow the reading concept.

Nov 15, 2012

Very disappointing. This has to be her worst book.

Jan 12, 2011

Sad, dark...but this series has been getting a little darker over the last few novels anyhow. Two stories--one featuring Anna Pigeon, one featuring new characters--trade chapters (more or less) for about half the book, before you finally figure out how they intersect. The chapters dealing with a woman named Claire are harder to get into (and have dark themes) than those featuring our familiar heroine. When they come together, the story gets darker; but at least we're on more familiar ground, and we get an interesting glimpse into how Anna appears to others.

Nov 13, 2010

I'm always eager for a new Nevada Barr, but the darkness of this story was hard for me. I like Anna better out in the wilderness.


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