Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon Series #13)

Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon Series #13)

by Nevada Barr

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Just days after marrying Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. When two of three children who'd gone missing from a religious retreat reappear, Anna's investigation brings her face-to-face with a paranoid sect—and with a villain so evil, he'll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425208410
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Series: Anna Pigeon Series , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 174,494
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Formerly an actress and a park ranger, Nevada Barr is now an award-winning and New York Times–bestselling novelist and creator of the Anna Pigeon mysteries, and numerous other books and short stories. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and various pets.


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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Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon Series #13) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Anonymous 11 days ago
One of her best!
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn¿t prepared for the brutality of the final pages and ultimately skimmed them. After reading pretty much this whole series, it surprised me. Also, the absence of Paul surprised me. I guess Barr just isn¿t ready for Anna to be married just yet.Plotwise, it fell into typical pattern. Anna is working in yet another National Park. She's the new kid on the block again, but this time has some rank. 2 out of 3 missing children turn up battered and dazed from their ordeal, they aren't much help in locating the 3rd girl. Obvious and less obvious suspects are presented, and one is depicted in such a way that I knew he couldn¿t be guilty. Immediately I started looking at the less obvious and pretty much found the guilty party, I just didn¿t know how sick and twisted a character that person would turn out to be. There were also some things that didn¿t make sense to me, that maybe are explained in the pages I couldn¿t deal with. Like whose finger was it anyway and how did Anna connect her criminal with the cases she brings up at the end; murders out of state? But I¿m not going to go and find the answer, I¿m good.I should have known this book would ratchet up my emotions to a high degree. It featured a cultish clan of ¿Christians¿ that was remarkably close to the fringe groups of Mormons; virtually enslaving women and creating a brothel of underage girls for the picking of dirty old pedophiles masquerading as righteous men. Sickening in its own right, but the lengths with which the killer goes to create different kind of twisted little clan is equally chilling. Barr really went all out with this one.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A ranger, newly in charge of the Colorado park, is confronted with kidnapped children, tortured animals and a very strict religious sect. Her life is in danger as she seeks to unravel all the threads to this mystery.I have not been thrilled with this story, and in fact quit listening when I was two discs away from the finish. I knew the identity of the killer in disc one and had very few surprises. The only reason I continued so long was because I liked the voice of Anna and the other woman, Heath. I might have finished this if I had been reading it in book form and could skim, but the vivid descriptions of torture, abuse, filthy language and a psychopathic mind were impossible for me to listen to. I listened at least two discs further than I should have as it is. The narrator did a fine job of reading.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anna Pigeon is a fascinating character--a 50 something Park Ranger, who's in great shape, has spent her life outdoors, but is still concerned enough to take care of her skin! A role model for us elder ladies!In this adventure, she's recently married but has left her new husband back in New Orleans when the call came to take this post in Rocky Mountain National Park. It appears to be a good career step and they agree to take one year to decide whose career will be the one driving where the couple will ultimately live. I sense plenty of room for future tension in that aspect.When Anna arrives at her new post, she is briefed on an ongoing case of three missing girls from some sort of church campout. When two of those girls emerge from the woods dehydrated, filthy, almost naked, and suffering from 'amnesia' about what happened to them and where they've been for the past two weeks, Anna is skeptical. Church and family elders do not want to pursue the adventure, and if it weren't for the fact that one of the girls is still missing, would not allow any questioning at all.Add to this mix the fact that the two girls were discovered by a young paraplegic in a wheelchair who is camping in the park with her 80 year old auntie who happens to be a physician, and you have a delicious mix of motivations and characters. This one has a great plot, lots of suspects - not too many too track of though--a gorgeous setting which Barr describes well, and some well developed characters.Although I have not read the previous 12 in the series, I had no trouble following with the limited backfill. While I am curious about some of the previous adventures (who the husband is and how they met for instance), the lack of knowledge did not detract from my enjoyment of this story. The plot makes a very steady climb to an especially chilling and thrilling climax. I don't usually like "scary in the dark woods" kinds of stories, but I found this one quite believable and was sufficiently grabbed that I had to stay up long past my bedtime to finish it. It is a true cliff hangar. (Read the story and you'll see that is no pun.)
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too graphic, though the story is classic Ms. Barr. Set in the Rocky Mountain National Park, which was cool for me because I live in Denver and have been there.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just 3 days after her wedding to Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from Miss. to CO to assume her new post as district ranger at a national park; 3 girls have disappeared and show up again at a campsite.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Full props to Nevada Barr. The first Anna Pigeon novel, Track of the Cat, was a wonderfully descriptive story in a state park with some great characters and a good mystery. I assumed that she'd take that nice formula and spin it out into a good series of books, and that theory was borne out by the second story I read.Then I got this book. Same Anna, same national parks, but this isn't a nice little mystery. It's a hideous psychological thriller featuring some of the most twisted villains I've ever had the pleasure to read about. Reminds me a bit of Elizabeth George or Ted Decker, and it's kind of nauseating just wondering what kind of mind could even come up with characters like these.The other books in the series I've read I'd be happy to recommend to an Agatha Christie fan. The psychological darkness in this one makes it less appropriate for those genteel folks, but the writing continues to be terrific, and Barr manages to pull her characters and settings right out of their comfort mystery zone and into this blacker one. Quite a feat.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anna Pigeon moves from Mississippi to Colorado and finds missing girls in the National Park. A religious cult seems to be the answer. A newly handicapped woman finds she is still needed as two of the girls are found and the search continues.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again Anna Pigeon is faced with a national park mystery. Set in Rocky Mountain National Park, it was interesting reading this book while camped at the park's entrance. Our favorite park ranger must deal with a wide range of issues including kidnapping, murder, abuse, religious extremists, and disabilities.
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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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