Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon Series #13)

Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon Series #13)

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by Nevada Barr, Anna Fields
     
 

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Award-winning author Nevada Barr is a perennial New York Times best-seller whose immensely popular Anna Pigeon series delights mystery fans around the world. This time, just married Anna is bound for Rocky Mountain National Park and a new post as Park Ranger. But no sooner does she arrive that she finds herself involved in the vanishing case of three young girls.

Overview

Award-winning author Nevada Barr is a perennial New York Times best-seller whose immensely popular Anna Pigeon series delights mystery fans around the world. This time, just married Anna is bound for Rocky Mountain National Park and a new post as Park Ranger. But no sooner does she arrive that she finds herself involved in the vanishing case of three young girls. When two of the girls suddenly reappear claiming to know nothing of the whereabouts of the third, Anna begins to suspect an evil presence lurking within the tranquil mountain sanctuary.

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
[Barr] has real feeling for creatures who live in the wild, especially women who can't be tamed.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
In Barr's taut 13th thriller to feature Anna Pigeon (after 2004's High Country), the 50-ish National Park Service ranger leaves her new husband, Paul, back in Mississippi, to assume a new post in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, where she encounters a serial killer and a strong, determined woman, Heath Jarrod, much like herself. Heath, a former ice climber now confined to a wheelchair after a near-fatal fall, feels depressed, isolated and helpless. She's camping in the national park with her physician, who's also her aunt, when a pair of battered young girls, two of three missing from a nearby religious retreat, appear at the campsite. Heath and Anna at first dislike one another, but join forces to break the silence enforced by the retreat's domineering head and discover why the youngsters vanished, who took them, where they were and what happened to the third girl. Barr skillfully weaves contemporary issues of parental responsibility, religious and political separatism, and sexual abuse into her harrowing story. She carefully sets the scene in the first part of the book, which builds to a spectacular climax that pits Anna against evil incarnate. Noted for her precise plotting and atmospheric descriptions of nature, Barr again proves her skill in putting believable characters in peril against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Agent, Dominick Abel. National author tour. (Mar. 24) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Being a new bride doesn't change Anna Pigeon as she leaves her husband in Mississippi for a new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. What Barr does here is allow another character to share the burden of the plot. A paraplegic visitor to the park, Heath Jarred inadvertently rescues two of three girls who have been missing prior to Anna's arrival. Anna and Heath prove to be compelling adversaries, as they try to find the truth and save the girls from one of Barr's most disturbing villains and/or the mysterious religious sect from which they come. The plot twists are among the author's most complex, creating a well-paced story. Read masterfully, as usual, by Barbara Rosenblat, this 13th Pigeon mystery is one of the best of the series. Recommended.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Married but living a thousand miles from her bridegroom, National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon gets another harsh lesson in just how badly men can behave. You'd expect jubilation when two of the three young girls missing from their campsite and presumed dead emerge from the wilderness. But in Rocky Mountain National Park, where Anna's dream job as district ranger has separated her from her husband, Paul Davidson, the return of Beth Dwayne, 12, and Alexis Sheppard, 13, spooks Anna but good. The girls' closemouthed families, stalwart members of the Reformed Saints, refuse to let them talk to psychiatrists, get examined by rape counselors or accept any but lifesaving medical assistance. And Robert Proffit, the born-again youth group leader on whose watch they disappeared, is acting not so suspiciously as weirdly. Counting for help on backcountry ranger Raymond Bleeker and seasonal ranger Rita Perry, Anna's not at all sure she can trust them. Her most dependable ally will be paraplegic climber Heath Jarrod, still raging over the accident that put her in a wheelchair. Together and separately, the two women will confront a series of human predators who show how thin a line separates men from beasts. If the escalating horrors, which make Anna's first 12 novels (High Country, 2004, etc.) seem kind and gentle, don't stand your hair on end, make an emergency appointment with a therapist, or book a tour of the National Parks, where you'll evidently be right at home. Author tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786167449
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Anna Pigeon Series, #13
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Nevada Barr is the award-winning author of thirteen previous Anna Pigeon mysteries, including the New York Times bestsellers Hard Truth and High Country. She lives in New Orleans.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Clinton, Mississippi
Date of Birth:
March 1, 1952
Place of Birth:
Yerington, Nevada
Education:
B.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1974; M.A., University of California at Irvine, 1977
Website:
http://www.nevadabarr.com

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Nevada Barr's 'Anna Pigeon' books thus far and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The book had some different twists that had me turning the pages as fast as I could read. I only wish the main character hadn't been whisked away to a new park on her honeymoon. I liked the idea that Anna finally found a soul mate and would have liked to seen more of that side of the character. All in all, the book was a great read and I had a hard time putting it down.
LissZawr More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy Nevada Barr's writing. Her subject matter is always interesting, often to the point I have to remind myself that what I am reading is a fictional story. Often times, today, she could have pulled from local news headlines. She has tackled subjects in previous novels that are the stuff of every parents nightmares. In this one, she goes much further down dark roads. I had no clue as to the identify of the villain before the moment of reveal. The subject matter, involving children is not for the faint of heart. Nevada's writing brings terrifyingly chilling descriptions and you are right there with her in the moment. As the story ended, I was breathless with revulsion and terror. Once a recovered from the story, I realized that to evoke such a strong reaction is the sign of an exceptional writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, but more at the beginning and middle than the end. I like the plot because it wasn't as easy to figure out as usual, but I felt that the ending was drawn out way too long. It got tedious and seemed over-done. Still a really good book though. Stephanie Clanahan
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Never heard of Nevada Barr until late fall of 2013. So far I've read 6 of her books, all with Anna Pigeon the ranger. Really enjoy the character (like Kinsey Millhone), and like the national park settings. I've been to some of them so it's very entertaining.
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anitae More than 1 year ago
I've read the previous 12 Pigeon series books, and this one was a major disappointment. In my opinion, it was too violent and graphic... not enjoyable. I won't be in a hurry to get any subsequent books in this series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to find some negative reviews. Yes, this book was pretty creepy, pretty dark... but I was completely surprised by the end which is exactly what I love in a mystery novel. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Hard Truth, Anna Pigeon tackles the cold-blooded evil of a psychopathic mind, both of a serial killer and also of a sexual abuser. At the same time, she battles her own challenges, foisted into a demanding role as the new district ranger in Colorado, away from her home base in Mississippi and her three-day-old marriage to the loving and supportive Sheriff and Pastor Paul Davidson. Can she maintain respect, manage loneliness, and figure out what¿s going on in the face of a confusing set of bizarre circumstances? This one started slow for me. I guess I need to have the intrepid Anna Pigeon, Park Ranger Extraordinaire, in the story as soon as possible. That way, I can vicariously live a dramatic life of adventure through her. However, in this story, she took a while arriving. I needed to know how things were going with her: her work, her pets . . . her love life. However, this Anna Pigeon mystery turned out to be a dynamite story. And, of all the books in this series, probably it is the one with the most heart. By the end of the novel, I was cheering for all the women who had been transformed through facing the hard truth in their lives. I also appreciated learning about how abusers captivate and control their victims. This story also showed much more of Anna¿s tender-hearted side, probably because she was juxtaposed against such evil. In addition, as the story unfolded, I began to sympathize with the secondary heroine in the story, much more than I expected, until, by the end, I felt so grateful that she had resolved her difficult issues. I felt encouraged as she found her own power. The twist near the end really surprised me. I had no idea who the perpetrator of the crimes could be. Usually, I¿m making intelligent guesses, one of which turns out to be the right one. In Hard Truth, the real murderer wasn¿t even on my list. Of all the Nevada Barr mysteries, this one was the most difficult to stay with because of its very difficult subject matter. However, I found it, in the end, to be worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really couldn't put this book down. Have read all Nevada Barr's books and thought this was the best yet. It was both suspenseful and thought-provoking. Also had a couple of very humorous moments. I am looking forward to her next book.