13 1/2

13 1/2

by Nevada Barr

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13 1/2 by Nevada Barr

With 13 ½, Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Anna Pigeon novels, has written a taut and terrifying psychological thriller. It carries the reader from horrifying 1970's murder spree of a child-dubbed "Butcher Boy" by a shocked public- in Rochester, Minnesota, to Polly, the abused daughter of Mississippi "trailer trash," to post-Katrina New Orleans.

In Jackson Square in the French Quarter, a tarot card reader told Polly Deschamps she would be a success. Thirty years later, Polly is a respected professor of literature with good friends and her own home- a safe life for her and her two daughters.

Butcher Boy, released on his seventeenth birthday, shook the snow from his boots and headed south.

New Orleans, a Mecca for runaways then and now, offers sanctuary but never forgiveness.

When Polly falls in love with Marshall Marchland, a restoration architect who is helping to rebuild her adopted city, shadows of the past rise out of the poisoned ground of New Orleans as thick and deadly as the toxic waters of the flood. Like history, some crimes are doomed to repeat themselves. Evil stays the same; only the victims' names change. As two broken pasts collide in an uncertain present, Polly is determined that her children's names will never be on that list.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593155919
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 509,258
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nevada Barr is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning novelist. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, four magical cats, and two adorable dogs.


Clinton, Mississippi

Date of Birth:

March 1, 1952

Place of Birth:

Yerington, Nevada


B.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1974; M.A., University of California at Irvine, 1977

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13 1/2 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1971 eleven year old Dylan Raines killed his entire family except his older brother Richard whose leg was severely sliced up. Dylan suffered from selective amnesia not recalling how he murdered his father, mother, sister and cat with an ax that put him in the international headlines as Minnesota's "Butcher Boy". Richard takes Dylan from Rochester to New Orleans with him to start over. Polly Deschamps grew up in Mississippi living in a brutal home. At fifteen she fled into the night vowing to never return. Now she is a professor at Tulane raising two kids as a single mom following a divorce. Polly remarries charming Marshall who is extremely nice to her daughters. However her new spouse acts odd at times and her brother-in-law Danny is even stranger; which begins to frighten her. With Anna Pigeon taking a breather, Nevada Barr provides a compelling psychological thriller that grips the audience from the start to the finish in a one sitting family drama. The story line is character driven as the strong casts including powerful secondary players like the tarot card reader make for a tremendous tense tale. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anna Pidgeon fans may be disappointed. A very gritty story, but even in the dark ages of the 1960's I think police investigation was more thorough than this book gave credit for. Language is much more profane than most of Nevada Barr's work and the plot becomes predictable.
Pookydoo More than 1 year ago
If you are looking to find Anna Pigeon in this book, go look somewhere else. This story is a totally different direction for Ms. Barr, one that I wasn't sure I would like. However, it was riveting and kept me thoroughly engrossed. I chose the audio version, and didn't need for a moment to worry about falling asleep on the road!
kadydid More than 1 year ago
This is really different for Nevada Barr. Was she high when she wrote this and it was her private demons spilling unto the paper? I read it, I enjoyed it (I think) but the thought that some children are just born bad leaves a bad taste (blood) in my mouth. But then I am a somewhat Pollyanna also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first nevada barr book i heave read. Wow! I found it to be a fabulous page turner, full of suspense and completely thrilling. It was a very dark novel, so reader beware. Nevada showed phenomenal skill in her manner of writing-the way she wove the story together did force you to pay close attention, but i found i did not want to put it down! If you are up for a dark psychological thriller, you have found it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very, very good!!
tweedy-bird More than 1 year ago
I am used to reading and really enjoy her stories with Anna Pigeon and was not expecting this murder mystery. It was very good but disturbing and I would not recommend for teens and younger. If you love murder mystery stories you will give this 4 or 5 stars as it ends with an a chillingly well written ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nevada Barr is best known for her Anna Pigeon series, but now she brings us her first stand-alone novel, 13 Ôø¿, a dark psychological thriller that will surprise, and impress, her legion of fans.Polly Deschamps is making a good life for herself in New Orleans. She had a tough childhood, and now is determined to give her own daughter the love and care that she never knew. When she meets Marshall Marchand, it seems that the last piece of the puzzle has fallen into place. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married, but Polly soon starts to believe that Marshall might have secrets of us own. In Minnesota in 1968, two young boys awake to find their lives utterly changed. Their family is murdered and Dylan, the younger brother, is accused of the crime. He is dubbed "The Butcher Boy" but his older brother Richard stands beside him, even as he is sentenced for the crime. What does this long ago night have to do with Marshall and his brother Danny? And what will Polly have to do to protect herself and her daughter from the shadows of the past?Barr delves into the heart of evil and wonders - are we doomed to repeat our mistakes or is it possible for there to be hope and redemption in spite of everything that has gone before? Tautly written and perfectly paced, this one will keep you guessing until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has great writing skills which makes the book a pleasure to read. Very suspenseful and interesting. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for Anna Pigeon or National Park settings, this is not the book for you. This is a dark, suspenseful, tension ridden story that is unlike any other Nevada Barr book I've read. 13 1/2 is a psychological thriller with twisted, complicated plot. I wasn't sure I would like the book but it kept me hooked until the end. 13 1/2 may be my favorite book by Nevada Barr.
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This was the first book I have read by this author. It is also my last. It was a confusing mess at times with all the name changes. The book ending was so predictable Not worth the $14.49 for 320 pages. Feeling a bit ripped off!
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This was a complete dissappointment! The worst of hers I have ever read. Went to such a dark side and no plot . Difficult to follow her story line (such as it was) Would not reccommend rhis and am now wondering if this is going to be her line of writing I will not read her any more.
Penelope_Rabbit More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in 3 days. I just could not put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Unlike many books and movies, this story didn't let you figure too much out before you needed to know. A great read and I highly recommend reading this.
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Denise Melendez More than 1 year ago
This is my first Nevada Barr novel so unlike alot of the other readers I have yet to read her other series. This was a great pyschological triller. I will certainly try to read the Pigeon series but hope to find a another novel like this that keeps u on ur toes.
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