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Nevada Barr brings her acclaimed New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon series to Minotaur Books with one of her most compelling, complex novels yet!
Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is newly married but on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months. While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. ...
Nevada Barr brings her acclaimed New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon series to Minotaur Books with one of her most compelling, complex novels yet!
Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is newly married but on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months. While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband back at work, Anna decides to go and stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz NHP. She isn’t in town long before she crosses paths with a tenant of Geneva’s, a creepy guy named Jordan. She discovers what seems to be an attempt to place a curse on her—a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols; and begins to slowly find traces of very dark doings in the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans. Tied up in all of this is Jordan, who is not at all what he appears to be; a fugitive mother accused of killing her husband and daughters in a fire; and faint whispers of unpleasant goings-on in the heart of the slowly recovering city.
Now it will take all of Anna’s skills learned in the untamed outdoors to navigate the urban jungle in which she finds herself, to uncover the threads that connect these seemingly disparate people, and to rescue the most vulnerable of creatures from the most savage of animals.
“Suspenseful plotting.”—Oregon Live.com
“Abundant suspense.”—The Oklahoman
“Burn will smolder in your heart long after you’re done.”—Madison County Herald
“Barr’s strong, evocative writing explores the scenery as well as the characters.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“From the fabric of fiction Barr creates real worlds, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying, but always convincing.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“Solid and suspenseful plotting. A definite winner.”—Booklist
“Barr has written another hit [that] her fans will devour.”—Library Journal
“A rare treat…Told with all Barr’s usual verve and eye for detail and with a solid, tight plot.”
—The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Anna Pigeon remains an irresistible protagonist ... 'Burn' — a dark work of crime fiction and mystery — finds Nevada Barr turning out prose that practically sizzles." —Denver Post
"Barr not only has crafted a fine mystery, but her smooth handling of plot and characterization makes for excellent reading." —RT Book Review
National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon works her 16th case in the most unparklike setting imaginable.
Minutes after Seattle actress Clare Sullivan awakens to find her house empty—no dog, no husband, no daughters—the building erupts in a flaming explosion. In the aftermath of the destruction, there's even worse news: One of the officers who responded to Clare's 911 call finds the charred bodies of her two girls, Dana and Victoria, dead in their beds, right where Clare had reported they weren't. Driven equally by a single clue, an overheard fragment of a cell-phone call about the "Bourbon Street nursery," and the certainty that the police will arrest her for the murders of her family members, Clare goes AWOL, hoping against hope to find Dana and Vee alive. Meanwhile, in alternating chapters, Anna Pigeon (Hard Truth, 2005, etc.), who has been forced to take a leave of absence from her job on account of her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, spends the time visiting her friend Geneva Akers, a blind blues singer who performs at New Orleans' Jazz National Historical Park, only a stone's throw from Bourbon Street. It's only a matter of time before Anna's story intersects with Clare's, and the moment of collision halfway through is the most successful surprise here. The sequel is all heartrending accounts of kidnapped and abused children, luridly detailed adventures among the Big Easy's demimondaine, and a climactic assault on a pedophile brothel—sturdy stuff, every bit of it, but nothing that plays to Barr's unmatched gift for linking Anna's inner turmoil to the great outdoors.
An intense but conventional actioner whose two heroines aren't nearly as compelling as Anna's solo turns.
Posted August 31, 2010
I usually love Nevada Barr/Anna Pigeon, but this book really was lacking for me. I like Outdoors/National Park Anna, not Urban Anna. The whole situation was just contrived and the subject matter was very disturbing to read. Put her back in the outdoors and national parks so she can be the character we've come to love.
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Posted June 24, 2010
Leaving her spouse behind at home working, National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is visiting a friend Geneva in New Orleans. Anna is taken aback when someone places a hex on her using a dead pigeon with arcane etchings on it. She assumes Geneva's tenant Jordan is behind the dark magic attempt, but though he is a peculiar unfriendly sort, she has done nothing to him to warrant such a spell.
Not one to lay back having solved many homicides and other crime mysteries at the parks around the country, Anna investigates who tried to hex her and why, and to learn more about Jordon. As she navigates the dark mumbo jumbo urban jungle of the Big Easy, Anna refuses to be anyone's pigeon though she was not expecting a mundane murder to occur rather than mumbo jumbo mojo magic.
Taking Anna out of the National Park scenes of homicides in every park adds a freshness to her investigations as she is a fish out of water, especially having her hexed in New Orleans. Fast-paced as always, fans will enjoy Anna working the urban jungle rather than the parks as her inqury spins out of control. Neveda Barr is at her sparkling best with this enthralling whodunit.
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Burn is a compelling novel, dark, truly scary and frightening. A great story, I read it in less than two days. With her husband busy catching up at work after their eventful vacation, National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon had too much time on her hands and too much drive not to keep busy. So she went to New Orleans to visit an old friend, Geneva, a blind singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Even though she is blind, Geneva knew that her boarder Jordan was a woman. Anna thought she was a he and a pedophile creep and began surveillance. Anna follows Jordan to a strip club where he was working behind the bar. Even the girls there thought Jordan was a creep and a pedophile, but Jordan had a mission. She was really Claire Sullivan, an actress wanted in Seattle for the murder of her husband, her husband's mistress and the girls' nanny, and their two girls. When she found her daughters missing after returning from the drug store with cough medicine and dialing 911, her house went up in flames. In the ensuing chaos, she overheard two men with New Orleans accents talking about taking the children to the Bourbon Street Nursery and saying the name of the nanny's child Aisha. Her acting skills allowed her to survive and make her way to New Orleans, and by the time she met Anna, she had some leads to the location of the Nursery. With Anna's help, the search moves quickly, and the plot races to the climax and an explosively burning conclusion.
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Posted September 17, 2010
When I started Burn, I wasn't too excited by the plot because I read the reviews of it here. I love the parks and I enjoy Anna's adventures. I just finished reading and I couldn't disagree more with those of you that found this book awful. I enjoyed this book immensely. Yes, it's a dark story, it takes place in a city (as Liberty Falling did) and it's a gutsy, refreshing change of pace from the high drama of the back country. How many times can Anna get beaten to a pulp in the woods without it getting trite and obvious? Even I have to admit, as a huge fan, it was getting a bit formulaic for me. I think Nevada has done a great job of moving the story of Anna's life along through the series. I appreciate that Anna is growing older, and perhaps slightly less selfish with Paul. I commend Nevada for attempting to share the importance of all of the parks in her novels, not just the big Western ones. Sadly, I feel most people forget about the urban parks... Golden Gate, Independence, pretty much all of D.C. As far as Anna's future, I can see how the author may be trying to wind the character down. She has to retire at some point and I think the past few books are heading in that direction. A long distance marriage, administrative leave, will Anna have one more adventure before she leaves the park service to be with Paul or will she even have that opportunity after Paul's chilly silence at the end of Burn? All of the haters may get their wish soon... no more Anna. I hope I am dead wrong.
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Posted September 1, 2010
I have read all of Nevada Barr's books. I found Burn disturbing and not up to par with her other novels. I hope she gets on track with her next novel and puts Anna Pigeon back out in the National Parks and not in the dark side of New Orleans.
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Posted August 29, 2010
Waited not too patiently for Nevada Barr's new book. What a disappointment! We have read and reread all of her books. Not any more. She's off our list of authors. My husband couldn't even make it half way through this book, "Burn." I finished it because I like to know about the recurring characters. I'm as up-to-date as I'll ever get; I miss them already. Oh well, off to find another favorite author. PS: I know this is hard to believe. If I hadn't read the book, I wouldn't believe it either. If you have to find out for yourself, I recommend getting the book from the Library before you spend your money on it.
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Posted October 26, 2010
As much as I've loved all of the Anna Pigeon series, this was one of the worst books I've ever attempted to read. Never mind the dark subject matter, the sentence syntax didn't even make sense. Surely she sluffed this off on someone else to write because it was really, really bad or perhaps it's her new editors. Hopefully Nevada Barr will get back to the open spaces and national parks she knows best. I've come to expect so much better from her.
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Posted July 10, 2013
Posted March 20, 2013
I love Nevada Barr and I love Anna Pidgion. Yes, the suject matter of this novel is dark and creepy, but this suthor has always mined the nastier elements of human nature...one of the reasons her work is so intriguing. I too love Anna in the wilds of nature, but the wilds of New Orleans are wonderfully atmospheric, and Ms. Barr brings the sleazy Big Easy to life as effectively as she does the forests, deserts and caves in which Anna has been in peril in the past. Navada Barr is currently living in New Orleans. It would be unimaginable that she not use that sureal tapestry as a fictional setting. I love how Anna is evolving. She is aging and married, but still fiesty, independant and willing to take on anyone who would harm creatures of any species. Some mystery series protagonists never evolve. Eventually the author and readers get bored with them. Anna gets more and more interesting. Thank you, Nevada Barr, please keep 'em coming!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2013
I love anna pigeon but to truthful, once i finish one, I only remember a little about the plots. This one was totally different. Maybe it is because child abuse and explotation is such a real thing and an uncomfortable thing, but this story is a gutsy and well written story. The true hero of the story is not Anna but Claire. It is a haunting story that is maybe a little too real for all the people who gave it a bad review. If you are looking for a fluffy who done it, this is not for you. If you are looking for a good gritty mystery, please give it a read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2012
Posted September 19, 2012
There are times Barr gets hideously intense and it is very difficult to keep reading (Winter Study is a case in point). This one is a bit different. In this case, the depravity of the situation Anna faces is apallling and downright revolting. I don't know if it has a real life counterpart, although I'm afraid it probably does in the dark recesses of some of our cities. But yet, there is one thing about this book that is absolutely incredible and that is the Claire Sullivan character. You have to get well into the book to appreciate Claire as anything but a very strange person, but once you get far enough, you find that Barr has created a rather exquisitely-drawn character. After it starts to come together who she is and why she is doing what she is doing, then you find you have to finish because she simply has to prevail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2012
Posted February 5, 2012
This was a excellent story. It took me a little while to get into it, as she cut the characters stories into two different stories and then merged them together. But, it is a must read! I couldn't put it down!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2011
Having read most of the Anna Pigeon series, I have always enjoyed the National Park settings of the stories. However, this story was too dark for me and frankly I stopped reading. If Anna returns to the parks, maybe I will too, but voodoo, underage sex acts by minors in dark seedy New Orleans bars, etc just turned me off. Anna, get back to work where you belong!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2011
Like Barr's novel 13 1/2 this Anna Pigeon mystery is set in Post Katrina New Orleans. It is unusual for AP mysteries to change POV but it works here. Another great adventure for our favorite park ranger.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2011
I've read every book by Nevada Barr. Some I've liked more than others, but the subject matter of Burn was way too dark. While well written, it didn't need to be so specific regarding the exploitation of children. It literally made me sick. I will look closer at the next book to make sure that the subject matter is what I will enjoy. Hopefully Nevada Barr hasn't alienated her many fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2011
Posted October 30, 2010
I was also very disappointed in the book. I look forward to learning about National Parks and Survival Techniques thru Anna and this book had nothing to offer. The subject was very dark and not pleasant. Please bring the Park Service Ranger Anna back and let her be happy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.