Burn (Anna Pigeon Series #16)

Burn (Anna Pigeon Series #16)

by Nevada Barr
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Burn (Anna Pigeon Series #16) by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon is on leave from her job after a traumatic past couple of months. It seems like the perfect time to pay a visit to her old colleague Geneva, who now works as a jazz singer in the Big Easy. But Anna isn't in town long before she crosses paths with Geneva's neighbor, Jordan, who gives her the creeps. Then Anna discovers a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols. Is this a dark coincidence—or has she been cursed?

Now it will take all of Anna's skills learned in the untamed outdoors to navigate the post-Katrina urban jungle in which she finds herself. Tied up in all of this evil magic are the "gutter punk" Jordan; Clare, a fugitive mother accused of killing her family in a fire; and faint whispers of unpleasant goings-on in the heart of the slowly recovering city…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312381806
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Series: Anna Pigeon Series , #16
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 326,733
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Nevada Barr is the author of the series of New York Times bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, a law enforcement park ranger. Her novels include Winter Study and Borderline. She won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for Track of the Cat. Like her character, Barr worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger before resigning to write full time. She had postings to such parks as Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas (where Anna Pigeon was created) and Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. She lives in New Orleans.

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

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Burn 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
MaggzyMay More than 1 year ago
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.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
Well worth the price. I enjoyed reading this book on my breaks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. Harriet Klausner
lizzeee More than 1 year ago
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.
constantreader46 More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookfool More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have been a fan of Nevada Barr since her first book, but this one misses the mark totally. Kept reading thinking it has to get better but it doesn' t. No real tie in between two confusing stories. Using post Katrina New Orleans and mid east terrorists seems to be a weak attempt to enliven a weak story line. Skip this one in the Anna Pigeon series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like this book from two perspectives. One, it was really hard to understand through the first half because the writing was very disconnected. It was difficult to comprehend what the writer was trying to say. Confusion about what was happening really took away from the first half of the plot. Second and perhaps more important, this book is entirely too disturbing in its subject matter. The graphic recounting of child sexual abuse is way too far over the line for an Anna Pigeon book and I was a bit bothered by the fact that he author was comfortable writing it. I was not comfortable reading it. I mean, I know heinous things go on in the world like child sex trafficking, but I feel it has no place in a book people read for entertainment. It should be reserved for more serious reading. I felt a warning should have been given to readers ahead of time about the graphic nature of the book in a subject decent people would find appalling. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...this book held my interest throughout. There are terrible, scary people in this world, and people often do bad things we never hear about. So this setting wasn't in a National Park? Changing the location gave another aspect to Anna and her life, rejuvenating the series, perhaps. While the topic is not pleasant, it was a creative and interesting story.
SheltonNL More than 1 year ago
I really like Nevada Barr's books and particularly her character, Anna Pigeon. Anna seems very real in her feelings and emotions. I thought this plot was particularly intriguing because of the interplay between the three main characters but difficult to read because of the child pornography aspect. Nevada Barr doesn't seem to hold back in describing what happens (not knowing much about child pornography it's difficult to say if she holds back or not, but I found it very disturbing) which is good because the more subjects like this are brought into the light, the better we can fight them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it was dark and definately not the usual Anna Pigeon. I really prefer the ones set in the national parks.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Anna Pidgeon series, but this one was a little too weird for me. Maybe the topic was a little off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very sick, sick story! Don't go there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago