This was so gross in it's detailed disgusting sex scenes. The whole story from start to finish was vile.
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!
Story is compelling. Never tire of this series. Just wish Barbara Rosenblat were reading it.
I was concerned that this book would be too graphic based on a few other reviews. That was not the case at all. This was well done - giving you the jest without too much. It is also a really intriguing story as well. I also think this is one of her best. It was engrossing from beginning to end!
As a resident of New Orleans, I was truly offended by this book. It sounded like Barr wrote her story first, and then spent a week in the French Quarter to gather some color. Some of her descriptions sounded like they came right out of the introduction to a guide book. Other than Anna's friend Geneva, no New Orleanians were presented in a sympathetic light -- they were all hookers, swindlers, muggers, on the take, corrupt, and, of course, pedophiles. Nor does she explore the character of the city itself, except for some facile comments about how Katrina cleaned up the streets. She sounded like she really hates the place. While supposedly connected to the National Jazz Historic Site and Museum, nothing about the story is even remotely about jazz -- even Anna's friend was a BLUES singer.
As for the story, she kept interrupting the action to philosophize on self-deception or to emote about how disgusting child sex abuse is. I got the feeling that not even Barr herself could really stomach the subject, so she had to keep distancing herself from it. The plot itself was decent, but it could have been set in any major city, a whole bunch of small cities, and even an isolated town or two.
Narration was okay. Frequent mispronunciations were jarring, but par for the course.
I've been a fan of Nevada Barr for a long time, but she lost her way with this one, and she may have lost a loyal fan.