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Nevada Barr brings her acclaimed New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon series to Minotaur Books with one of her most compelling, complex novels yet Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is newly married but on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing With her new husband back at work, Anna decides to go and stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz NHP She isn t in town long before she crosses paths with a tenant of Geneva s, a creepy guy named Jordan She discovers what seems to be an attempt to place a curse on her a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols and begins to slowly find traces of very dark doings in the heart of post Katrina New Orleans Tied up in all of this is Jordan, who is not at all what he appears to be a fugitive mother accused of killing her husband and daughters in a fire and faint whispers of unpleasant goings on in the heart of the slowly recovering city Now it will take all of Anna s skills learned in the untamed outdoors to navigate the urban jungle in which she finds herself, to uncover the threads that connect these seemingly disparate people, and to rescue the most vulnerable of creatures from the most savage of animals This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In the past that I ve really enjoyed Nevada Barr s Anna Pigeon series of mysteries I wanted to pass along a message about the latest release in that series, Burn I actually recommend you SKIP this book I picked it up as a matter of course, and while it has the same kinds of elements that I ve enjoyed from the previous novels e.g., suspense, complex characters, moral ambiguity, etc , this one wasn t fun to read The mystery was packed with those elements, yes, but the subject matter, th In the past that I ve really enjoyed Nevada Barr s Anna Pigeon series of mysteries I wanted to pass along a message about the latest release in that series, Burn I actually recommend you SKIP this book I picked it up as a matter of course, and while it has the same kinds of elements that I ve enjoyed from the previous novels e.g., suspense, complex characters, moral ambiguity, etc , this one wasn t fun to read The mystery was packed with those elements, yes, but the subject matter, the evil to be fought, was bad enough that it spoiled the enjoyment of the book I think part of what I enjoy about mystery or suspense novels is trying to think through the mystery, root for the good guys, contemplate their human weaknesses, despise the bad guys, and revel in the defeat or thwarting of their nefarious plans This book is about a mother trying to find her two daughters, whom she fears have been kidnapped by people who import export children into sex trafficking prostitution Their hidden lair is a fancy upper crust brothel in New Orleans, where well off adults, mostly men, commit depravity on these very very young children in opulent surroundings, protected by the corrupt police Nevada Barr goes into just enough level of detail to make you feel sick to your stomach as your imagination involuntarily fills in the details and the visuals, a literary strategy that I assume is meant to lend gravitas and urgency to the heroine s mission Anna Pigeon joins forces with the mother eventually , but really it just takes away any potential enjoyment of the book Yes, we live in a world where things like this are possible and probable, and I haven t the first clue, or the time, energy, resources, or heart to combat it That means that I become a passive spectator to the obscenity, even in its imaginary form Yes, I finished the book, because at the point where I decided I was no longer interested in reading further, I d invested too much time and thought to be able to not find out how it ended One hopes for a satisfying conclusion, but with this one it s only partial, and I was left feeling like the conclusion was both a little bit pat, like Nevada Barr just got an email from her editor saying, time to wrap it up and a little bit troubling, because the unmet mastermind escapes scott free, you re not sure the authorities are interested or able to effectively solve any problems, and the relationship between Anna and her new husband, solid good guy Paul, is left a bit tattered, and totally ambiguous thanks to a mid phone call cliffhanger I hate that Anyway, I thought I d save you the experience, and force the decision by spoiling the book s ending like I just did One other complaint about the book, which pales in comparison to unspeakable obscenity but contributed greatly to my dissatisfaction with the book, was the heroine s the mother, not Anna occasional bouts of TSTL syndrome Especially prevalent in romance novels, but certainly well known in the mystery suspense genre, TSTL syndrome stands for Too Stupid To Live There are times when the mother, especially in crucial periods of life death importance, devolves into this brain dead moron who, by sheer dint of abject stupidity, nearly manages to ruin everything There were times when I wanted to reach into the book, grab this lady by the shoulders, and shake her hard, while shouting oh for god s sake COME ON just to get things moving I don t know why Nevada Barr went with this characterization, but as a literary device, I always find it infuriating There are better ways to create suspense I think I m going to try to read something a little bit saccharin and frivolous to wash the taste out of my brain Maybe one of my 16th century Scottish highlander sweeping romances, where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are unmolested Ugh SIIIIIIGGGHHI guess I m finished with Nevada Barr Her Ranger Anna Pigeon series started out friendly enough, but the last few books have been edgier andexplicit and I m just not handling it I don t blame Nevada or anyone I m just choosing to read other things The sadness comes in thinking of how happy I was to find this series about a female park ranger because I happen to be a female park ranger only to see that in order to keep selling books or pleasing the world or whatever the SIIIIIIGGGHHI guess I m finished with Nevada Barr Her Ranger Anna Pigeon series started out friendly enough, but the last few books have been edgier andexplicit and I m just not handling it I don t blame Nevada or anyone I m just choosing to read other things The sadness comes in thinking of how happy I was to find this series about a female park ranger because I happen to be a female park ranger only to see that in order to keep selling books or pleasing the world or whatever the motivation is, Nevada keeps gettingandgruesome or graphic or whatever you d like to say.When I first started her novels, I could IDENTIFY with all the ranger lingo, job situations, and the like Things have changed And I don t care for these particular changes That s all It s me My choice I m not preaching I m not on a soap box Wellone last thoughtPeople keep saying that you have to look beyond some of the filth to see the incredible talent of the author, etc I guess I can t overlook the harshness of the filth How do you ignore the F word I know I sound like a fifth grader who has just heard my teacher reading aloud the D word or the H word for the first time, but something in me CAN T ENJOY the F word It ruins everything I ll have to stop spending my own cash on books I think are worthwhile and go back to haunting the libraries for free Then, only my time will be wasted rather than my time AND my money All of you naysayers just don t want to accept the truth humans are a failed species You whiny people are the reason monsters like this get away with this type of thing you CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE TRUTH This sort of thing IT IS YOUR FAULT FOR IGNORING IT Nevada Barr does an EXCEPTIONAL job of telling the truth about horrors that are the horrible, devastating truth If you can t stand it Do something about it Find these people Kill them They don t deserve to live.Ms Barr has taken o All of you naysayers just don t want to accept the truth humans are a failed species You whiny people are the reason monsters like this get away with this type of thing you CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE TRUTH This sort of thing IT IS YOUR FAULT FOR IGNORING IT Nevada Barr does an EXCEPTIONAL job of telling the truth about horrors that are the horrible, devastating truth If you can t stand it Do something about it Find these people Kill them They don t deserve to live.Ms Barr has taken on a horrific subject and made it real The people that really disturb me The blind idiots who gave the book a bad review This is a desperately important issue, one that is ignored, denied, and swept under the rug by people who would just as soon pretend it doesn t happen If you stick your fingers in your ears and hum really loud, it will just all go away, right R i i i i g h tI had a minister tell me once upon a time that things like this simply didn t happen that humans were too Godly for this to ever happen, and that I was a monster for saying it did Yes, and Santa comes down the chimney, the Tooth Fairy delivers quarters, and the man with the van really only wants to give your child a piece of candy he never would really hurt a fly, right Yes, dear morons, it happens, and No, it isn t a curable disability it is a monstrous, horrific twist to the psyche that is incurable, other than with a needle in the arm or in Old Sparky too good a fate or by burning slowly at a rotisserie operated stake muchlike it.Thank you, thank you, Ms Barr, for writing Burn Yes, the reviews of many are stupid, simplistic, blind and cruel I wonder what these same people would say if it were THEIR children who were taken and used in this manner Ms Barr does an exceptional job of pulling off the cover of banality and blindness and writing a book which brings these horrors to life To say true, I had sort of gotten bored with Anna As she has gotten older, she has gotten stodgy and dull sort of like the rest of us None of her stories, in my estimation, really addressed anything truly important any longer It waslike running around telling you about state parks and having fights Apparently, Ms Barr was a bit bored with Anna herself, and decided to do something deeply worthwhile with her character Hooray for her The book is absolutely fantastic, and, hopefully, will bring attention to an issue that Americans have ignored for far too long.If the book opens the eyes of only a few, it will be worth the effort she put into writing a deep, intelligent, and worthwhile book.What if it were YOUR child This was adifficult read than the typical Anna Pigeon mystery novel Instead of the wide vistas of various national parks and the descriptions of the natural world that offset the human predators she deals with, the setting is the darker side of New Orleans and modern day sex slavery and pedophiles The story is dark and the characters are also.Anna continues her recovery from her breakdown after her traumatic experiences written about in Winter Study and only partially relieved if not This was adifficult read than the typical Anna Pigeon mystery novel Instead of the wide vistas of various national parks and the descriptions of the natural world that offset the human predators she deals with, the setting is the darker side of New Orleans and modern day sex slavery and pedophiles The story is dark and the characters are also.Anna continues her recovery from her breakdown after her traumatic experiences written about in Winter Study and only partially relieved if not added to in Borderline She has undergone so many changes in recent years, having found a new love and married again This time in New Orleans was to be a further time of healing but Anna cannot constitutionally walk away from anything that feels wrong.While the subject matter is difficult, and likely not for all readers, the writing is, as always, excellent I believe I ve read all of this series now This book kept me bound to find out what would be the outcome To give too many details would be unfairthe summary of the plot given above is enough As must be obvious, it was not too dark for me such situations exist in our world I don t wish to revel in them but I will read a well written mystery dealing with this terrible reality