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Burn: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries) Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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Pushed out of the nest, Nevada fell into the theatre, receiving her BA in speech and drama and her MFA in Acting before making the pilgrimage to New York City, then Minneapolis, MN. For eighteen years she worked on stage, in commercials, industrial training films and did voice-overs for radio. During this time she became interested in the environmental movement and began working in the National Parks during the summers -- Isle Royale in Michigan, Guadalupe Mountains in Texas, Mesa Verde in Colorado, and then on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.
Woven throughout these seemingly disparate careers was the written word. Nevada wrote and presented campfire stories, taught storytelling and was a travel writer and restaurant critic. Her first novel, Bitterweet was published in 1983. The Anna Pigeon series, featuring a female park ranger as the protagonist, started when she married her love of writing with her love of the wilderness, the summer she worked in west Texas. The first book, Track of the Cat, was brought to light in 1993 and won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for best first mystery. The series was well received and A Superior Death, loosely based on Nevada's experiences as a boat patrol ranger on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, was published in 1994. In 1995 Ill Wind came out. It was set in Mesa Verde, Colorado where Nevada worked as a law enforcement ranger for two seasons.
The rest is, shall we say, HISTORY! Nevada's books and accomplishments have become numerous and the presses continue to roll, so in the interest of NOT having to update this page, books, awards, status on the New York Times Best Seller List -- and more -- will be enumerated with the relevant books else where on this website.
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I'd like to see Anna return to a more interesting group of parks - it doesn't have to be a Western park, as I loved "Liberty Falling." I'm sure there's a long-term plan here, but the parts of the story that I always love - the mentions of Piedmont, Taco, and Paul were purely perfunctory here, just mentioned for the sake of being mentioned, but not a part of the story. Yes, I know Piedmont is usually sitting in someone else's distant lap, but I like the stories where the pets are actually present. Of course, realistically, these animals are getting pretty old, and so is Anna. How much longer is Anna going to keep winning these unlikely fights with younger people, particularly stronger men, and executing heroic rescues against all odds?
I like Barr's books because I like visiting with my "friends," and the purported plot isn't necessarily of major importance, but when the background has such a high ick factor and the plot is so bizarre, I don't get into it.
A Michigan native & resident, I was in such anticipation of Anna's return to Isle Royale NP in 2008's "Winter Study" that I waited almost 2 years to finally let myself read it. I just didn't want the experience to come and go too quickly.
With "Winter Study," I definitely saw a "change a comin'." It was still the Anna I'm familiar with, but with a darker turn. I wasn't as happy with the book as I'd anticipated, but it was still pretty classic Anna.
2009's "Borderline" was almost a non-book to me. In retrospect after having read "Burn," it almost seems like "Borderline" was entirely a set-up for the new "Maternal" Anna.
Which brings us to "Burn." I can't recall having read a more off-putting book. And I can't understand why Nevada Barr felt she had to do this with Anna. She could have made this a one-off, non-series book featuring any bystander - it didn't even have to be someone in law enforcement in Anna's role.
Overall, it just appears like Nevada has found herself a pet cause, and is using her popular Anna in a novelized public service announcement about pedophilia and all its related evils.
I almost feel a bit used. I could almost hear Barr saying, "This is something I wanted to make public. To bring this to the attention of those who might not know of the existence of such evil. A 'call to action' for people to get involved in fighting pedophilia, child pornography, child prostitution."
You know, if something like that happens as a result of someone reading this book, great.Read more ›
I would not have read this book if I had known the subject, at least not now. I am a mother and a grandmother, I just can't get the images out of my mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Barr's better Pigeon novels, but more than a bit creepy.If the book's any indicator of the number of pedophiles out there, I might as well join a convent. No, wait! Read morePublished 8 days ago by tmeyer
Always Nevada Barr
M managed to weave a intriguing mystery this into the underworld of slave trading.Horrifying and intriguing.Did not want to put it down.
A book about pedophiles that was graphic enough to attract pedophile readers. I am no prude but parts of the book I found quite unpleasant and had to skip past them. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anna Pigeon gets herself in the middle again. This time she helps a mother find her two kidnapped children. In New Orleans. I will not give it away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Parson
I am close to reading all of Nevada Barr's books -- it is like visiting an old friend to "be with" Anna Pigeon, and I like that each book makes a different locale, usually... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Arlo