Had I know about the child porn I would have skipped this one. Have purchased and read ALL her other work. What was she thinking about her loyal fans? Not much apparently. Please do yourself a solid favor and skip this one. I am not kidding. This upset me for days. I avoid this type of writing and feel like I was somehow tricked into paying for this horror. I choose to pay and read Barr's Annie Pigeon series because her character is a national park ranger. (This work should have been with a different heroin, and that would have given us a heads-up about the 180 degree directional change of the series). Warn us more openly next time! I certainly feel like I got burned!
I have read all of Nevada Barr's books about forest ranger Anna Pigeon. The last couple have been brutal, but still were interesting and worth reading. This book was not about a national park really, and was so dark and disturbing that I warn against reading it. The character should be hospitalized after what the author put her through in the last few books.
If you want a simple murder mystery, try some of the earlier Anna Pigeon books. This one has a story that is hard to hear, but needs to be heard. I found it quite shocking, and not in the least bit titillating.
I was also intrigued at how easy it was to draw the wrong conclusions about people, particularly the heroine of the story. This is a story you won't forget, and its setting makes it all the more bleak. I trust all the bad guys will BURN in hell.
This is not your Anna Pigeon of old. Burn is not a lightweight mystery nor is it an easy listen. I was surprised by the graphic and horrifying content but riveted by a mature writing style and brilliant storytelling. I am a fan of Barr's writing and I love that she has allowed her heroine to evolve and develop as real humans do. Be prepared to be drawn into something dark but ultimately lovely for all it's darkness.
I like the Anna Pigeon character, but this preposterous story set in New Orleans was hard to swallow. Really, little Anna and her cross-dressing friend single handedly take on the corrupt New Orleans PD and save lots of little kids from sex slavery? People are killed, buildings burn down, fugitives are harbored, but apparently Anna only has to answer to her husband after fibbing to him about her involvement in these indiscretions.
I'm a big fan of Anna Pigeon and Nevada Barr. This book crossed the line of decency. Granted, I knew it was about the child sex trade, but I NEVER thought it would be so lurid and explicit. I'm afraid a pedifile might enjoy this book! Be warned -- don't get it.
this book, while interesting, seems to turn too many corners to stay on top of what's happening . I'm not real sure what to say about it. I've been a fan of Nevada Barr's for sometime, but this just doesn't do it like her other books. I might have to go back and listen to it again!
I was really put off by reviews and delayed listening to this book. The subject matter is horrible. But I figured it was Anna, so goodness would prevail (it does, of course). However, I was really disappointed in the lack of good editing and plotting that left holes you could drive a truck through. Claire hadn't smoked in 20 years--she quit when she was pregnant with her seven year old (for example). Where did all of Jordan's pictures come from? Where did all of Claire's untraceable money come from? How does Claire regain her health so quickly at the end? And so on. Just a lot of sloppy stuff that I don't usually see in these books.
As for the story, well, you have to stick with it because if you don't, the subject is so unremittingly awful, you might just succumb to despair. Listening to the end provides enough resolution to bring some relief.
If you are an Anna fan, and you probably are, you will like a lot about the story. But you also will have high expectations that might not be met. I'm glad I listened to it, as I have listened to all the others, but it is not my favorite, for sure.
I like Joyce Bean as a narrator. I think she has a lot of talent, and did the characters of Claire and Jordan justice, which can't have been easy.
this is Claire's from Seattle story that is woven into Anna's New Orleans vacation. I was bothered by Claire having so much first person narrative and took awhile to become accustom to it which is why I rated the story fewer stars. the topic is dark, one most people want to deny happening yet Nevada Barr brings it to light which is her power to pull the reader into a realm most would never experience. in reality this topic rarely is in the news but is becoming a growing tragedy in the USA and affecting world's children.