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Deep South | [Nevada Barr]

Deep South

Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway.
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Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway. Once there she faces an angry staff that refuses to work with a woman supervisor. But she pushes that difficulty aside when she stumbles over the body of a teenage girl, shrouded in a hood reminiscent of the KKK. As Anna searches for the truth amidst lies and evasions, she discovers the overgrown woods, thick with kudzu, hold dark secrets that can only lead to violence. Nevada Barr draws on her own experience as a ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway to create believable situations. Barbara Rosenblat transports you to the Mississippi countryside to feel the sultry heat and smell the heady scents.

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What the Critics Say

"Barr produces another suspenseful and highly atmospheric mystery, illuminated even in this new setting by her trademark lyricism in writing about the natural world." (Publishers Weekly)
"Barr paints a luminous picture of the geography and the people of the Natchez Trace. Anna is a delight." (Library Journal)
"Narrator Barbara Rosenblat turns in the virtuoso performance that listeners have come to expect. She distinctly renders the Deep South accents of whites and blacks; men and women; old, middle-aged, and juveniles." (AudioFile)
"The novel offers the same strengths as its predecessors: vivid prose, a surprising plot, and a cast of sympathetic, well-rounded characters, both series regulars and a new crew of rangers and locals. There are some new pleasures as well: Barr effectively captures the beauty and menace of nature below the Mason Dixon Line and provides thoughtful insights into teens, race, and the Civil War." (Booklist)

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    Andy BirminghamUnited Kingdom 09-04-06
    Andy BirminghamUnited Kingdom 09-04-06
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    "Great sense of place"

    I really like books that transport you to their setting. I felt like I had spent quite a few hours in sweaty Mississippi by the time I had finished this book. Really good writing on the critical scenes where she is attacked ( I don’t think that is giving much away). Anna is an intriguing character and she has a lot to learn as a manager which is very entertaining.

    The down side is that I did not really feel convinced by the motive of the villain and the final resolution of the plot but I enjoyed the journey and didn’t feel to let down by the weakish ending on the whodunit front because Anna’s personal story is more interesting and leads somewhere more credible.

    I am looking forward to the next one but how I wish Audible made the sequence of a series a bit clearer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 10-17-10
    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 10-17-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Narrator'w Swallowing Very Distracting"

    I like the Nevada Barr series. They are easy listening and don't compare to Michael Connelly or John Sandford, but if you know this, you don't expect the same level of plot and characters. Unfortunately this book is set in the south and since I am a recent transplant to the south, unfortunately I find it fairly accurate. What really bothered me, though, was the narrator's constant swallowing and breath intakes. It sounded like her throat was very dry and she needed water. It was distracting, especially the swallowing which bordered on grossness. It was an effort to continue to listen to the book to the finish. I will certainly sample the audio of any books Rosenblat narrates before purchasing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Miles, TX, USA 07-24-05
    Teresa Miles, TX, USA 07-24-05
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    "deep south"

    wow... I just started reading these books by nevada barr, And I started with hard truth. I know that isn't the order there written, But whats so cool about this series is they all have A life of there own and it doesn't matter. The hard truth was a very good read, But this one hit home being in the south not to mention the natchez trace.
    The best story In my opinion I ever read. Don't pass this one up you will miss out...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Fort Myers, FL, USA 06-16-09
    Debbie Fort Myers, FL, USA 06-16-09
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    "Good Story Annoying Narrator"

    I enjoyed the story, but don't think I would buy another with the same narrator she was constantly making swallowing noises. This is the first I have been annoyed with a narrator and I am not new to listening, I have listened to over 50 books.

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    Donette Steele 07-27-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Connect to Nature and Murder"

    Wonderful series - start with the first book and you will want to buy the whole series. A female park ranger with hands full of murder and mayhem. Anna Piegon - loves, ages, and grows through the series.
    The description of nature settings, both serene and violent, transports the reader to a new and throughly enjoyable arm chair adventure. And will make you wish you didn't live in the city and have such a boring job! Just relax and get lost in the tale!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Raab 12-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "It Is What It Is"

    Although Ms. Rosenblatt is an exceptional narrator, she could not do much with this trite and predictable narrative. As this novel was rated as the best in this series by Nevada Barr, I will not be downloading the others.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Waterboro, ME, USA 01-28-06
    Lisa Waterboro, ME, USA 01-28-06
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    "loved it"

    This is a great author. I love her work. It is fun trying figure out the crimes alongside her!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Charlottesville, VA, USA 08-14-04
    Colleen Charlottesville, VA, USA 08-14-04
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    "Characters drawn with a clumsy brush."

    This was my first Nevada Barr mystery. I may give her one more chance, but I was not overly impressed with this one. Most of the characters were walking sterotypes. Big fat stupid white lawman. Big fat heart'o' gold African American lawman. Completely crazy southern white racists. Savvy and wise 16 year old African American teenage girl. Foul mouthed young black football star who appears to seriously disrespect women. The really hot and available Sheriff is just too typical. It goes on, I won't even mention what's up with the Southern Baptist minister. I have to take issue too with Annas treatment of her dog. I won't give out any real spoilers, but I have to wonder if Ms. Barr has ever had a dog, and worry if she has. It was also my first listen to this narrator. While I think she is really pretty good, I could hear her intake of breath before every sentence. At times, especially when listening on headphones, it became distracting. Instead listening to the story, I found myself listening for that next intake of breath.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Kuwait 10-06-13
    Grace Kuwait 10-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I Left It Languishing Too Long!"

    I bought this book and then left it in a dark corner while I read others that were not nearly as enjoyable!

    Deep South artfully wove together themes of racism, sexism, and murder with a thoroughly likeable main character, Anna Pigeon, who left her previous post for more challenge.

    This is the first of this author's books that I've read but I'll seek out more. Barbara Rosenblat did her usual great job of bringing the characters and the story to life for me.

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    stone artist 09-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Anna Pigeon Book!"

    This is another of the Anna Pigeon books and it's intriguing and suspenseful, just like the others Nevada Barr has written. Am working to collect all of her books and so far I've gotten the ones offered By Audible. I anxiously await any of her new books they offer. Easy to listen to and so full of historical facts--I love these books!

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  • Valerie
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    7/25/08
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    "Another excellent and evocative book"

    Nevada Barr's books about Anna Pigeon are an excellent series and deserve to be more widely known. Her evocation of place is lyrical and the characters are well drawn, humanly flawed and you care what happens to them. If you have not read any of her books before this would not be a bad place to start although you will be reading them out of sequence. The narration is excellent and added to my enjoyment of the book.

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