Prime Hard TruthAuthor Nevada Barr – Z55z.co

Just days after marrying Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park When two of three children who d gone missing from a religious retreat reappear, Anna s investigation brings her face to face with a paranoid sect and with a villain so evil, he ll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end


10 thoughts on “Hard Truth

  1. Holly Booms Walsh Holly Booms Walsh says:

    I love the Anna Pigeon lady park ranger mystery series, but this book her most recent was seriously disturbing Less about the natural surroundings and history than the other previous books, this one delves deep into the psyche of a killer that also twists the minds of young girls he s kidnapped from a small conservative religious enclave This book will mess with your head I was open mouthed in horror by the end Not the normal Barr mystery, so reader beware


  2. Sara Sara says:

    Hard Truth, a mystery set in Rocky Mountain National Park, is the story of a ranger Anna Pigeon who ends up in a seemingly impossible situation one in which you know she ll be triumphant that involves a creepy religious commune, missing and abused children, and a psychopathic serial killer who loves torturing living creatures Not exactly a fun novel to curl up with on a summer night This is part of a series of books about Anna and I have not yet read any of the others I might give anoth Hard Truth, a mystery set in Rocky Mountain National Park, is the story of a ranger Anna Pigeon who ends up in a seemingly impossible situation one in which you know she ll be triumphant that involves a creepy religious commune, missing and abused children, and a psychopathic serial killer who loves torturing living creatures Not exactly a fun novel to curl up with on a summer night This is part of a series of books about Anna and I have not yet read any of the others I might give another a try, though Just the barest hints of her personal life come through in this book and I d like to know .The story is far fetched, similar to the crazy stories about Temperance Brennan in the Bones series of books If I was aastute mystery reader, I might have figured out whodunit a lot faster than I did It was a disturbing book as we all know there are people like that serial killer out there but the story is so overblown it takes the edge off of it a little bit.This book is not exactly light hearted fluff, but it s basically an easy read with almost non stop action and enough intriguing characters that if you like this type of mystery, it can keep you reading on to the end


  3. Shakti Shakti says:

    I usually love Nevada Barr s stories, but this one was a bit hard to read because of all the violence Either I ve gottensensitive to it or Nevada Barr stepped up the gory details in this book.


  4. Tara Tara says:

    So why do I read Nevada Barr She writes these little whodunit murder mysteries set in National Parks that are mostly fun little reads As a former NPS employee, she captures the park service culture very well, which adds to the amusement, because that is one of the cultures I live in She is also famous for thinly veiling some of her characters, so when she writes about a park you ve worked in, it is always fun to try to guess who some of the characters are The ironic thing is that the most ev So why do I read Nevada Barr She writes these little whodunit murder mysteries set in National Parks that are mostly fun little reads As a former NPS employee, she captures the park service culture very well, which adds to the amusement, because that is one of the cultures I live in She is also famous for thinly veiling some of her characters, so when she writes about a park you ve worked in, it is always fun to try to guess who some of the characters are The ironic thing is that the most evil person I have ever known in the NPS or at least the one I have the least respect for , she painted like a rose Personally, I think he paid her a bonus check to do that There s no other logical explanation That was not this book, however.And why I am getting tired of Nevada Barr She also hates men or appears to , so most men in the books with the exception of Anna s lovers and the one exception above are painted pretty badly That can get grating after several novels I enjoyed her earliest books the most, and they ve tended to getannoying as you go along, with this one being the worst yet The topic is awful, and she claims some of the characters used to be Mormon, although they are clearly a spin off from Fundamentalists instead, but she clearly doesn t know the difference It s also clear she doesn t know anything about Mormons and did not get anyone to review those sections for believability She claims one character got a Master s in liturigical music at BYU I had to look that up , and then worked in a temple for a couple years after college as if that was his job And her portrayal of the women was even worse, but I don t know muchabout Fundamentalists than she does, and I assume that s what she was really trying to describe under the wrong name Granted, people can leave the church for any reason and make any choices at any time, but there should be enough resemblance to make it credible, and she failed miserably on this one


  5. Kelly H. (Maybedog) Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

    Another excellent story in the Anna Pigeon series although with a little bit from other people s perspectives which I didn t particularly care for I had a few questions like how the media described the girls disappearance in the first place All that was talked about was how they were found in the beginning of the book Also, at one point Anna talked to Heath about something privately and it was never clear what they talked about An another big problem that bothered me from the beginning was Another excellent story in the Anna Pigeon series although with a little bit from other people s perspectives which I didn t particularly care for I had a few questions like how the media described the girls disappearance in the first place All that was talked about was how they were found in the beginning of the book Also, at one point Anna talked to Heath about something privately and it was never clear what they talked about An another big problem that bothered me from the beginning was that the man who was with the kids when they disappeared was never brought in for questioning But despite those, it was a good read as I always expect from Barr and I eagerly await reading the next one


  6. Christi Nash Christi Nash says:

    Im a huge fan of Anna Pigeon but this is my least favorite thus far I give it three stars because it was well written enough to keep me up reading, wanting to finish this book, and yet I found it to behorror cross over than mystery I actually like horror but not when I expect a mystery, the cat abuse scenes were horrid, as was the end of the novel.the end was satisfying butin a Silence of the Lambs Children of the Corn sort of wayyet Barr tried to wrap it up with usual Anna P Im a huge fan of Anna Pigeon but this is my least favorite thus far I give it three stars because it was well written enough to keep me up reading, wanting to finish this book, and yet I found it to behorror cross over than mystery I actually like horror but not when I expect a mystery, the cat abuse scenes were horrid, as was the end of the novel.the end was satisfying butin a Silence of the Lambs Children of the Corn sort of wayyet Barr tried to wrap it up with usual Anna Pigeon charm which seemed awkward and inappropriate given the extreme subject matter of this particular installmenta page turner, butdisturbing than expected and I think the author was in too big of a hurry to end it on a semi pleasant note like the rest of the series


  7. Judy Judy says:

    This is probably the creepiest of all the Anna Pigeon books I ve read First off, if you have problems with abuse of children, you should skip it One positive for me is that Anna has now moved to Rocky Mountain National Park, and I am pretty familiar with it We went there on our honeymoon over 62 years ago, and again in our 25th year of marriage And later, we had a family reunion in Estes Park This has nothing to do with the book except how I helps me visualize things A good bit of the acti This is probably the creepiest of all the Anna Pigeon books I ve read First off, if you have problems with abuse of children, you should skip it One positive for me is that Anna has now moved to Rocky Mountain National Park, and I am pretty familiar with it We went there on our honeymoon over 62 years ago, and again in our 25th year of marriage And later, we had a family reunion in Estes Park This has nothing to do with the book except how I helps me visualize things A good bit of the action takes place in the back country where Anna endures terrific physical hardships Overall, I enjoyed the reading but it s not as good as others


  8. Jayne Jayne says:

    A very fast, enjoyable read May be my favorite of this series so far.


  9. Pamela Mclaren Pamela Mclaren says:

    Three little girls have gone missing in Rocky Mountain National Park and searchers have found nary a hair until two reappear at an RV housing two women an elderly woman and her crippled niece Where have they been and what have they suffered during the six weeks they were missing And what gives when their family a religious cult refuse medical treatment and take them home to admit their sins and to pray for forgiveness It is the new world Ann Pigeon walks into just days after marrying She Three little girls have gone missing in Rocky Mountain National Park and searchers have found nary a hair until two reappear at an RV housing two women an elderly woman and her crippled niece Where have they been and what have they suffered during the six weeks they were missing And what gives when their family a religious cult refuse medical treatment and take them home to admit their sins and to pray for forgiveness It is the new world Ann Pigeon walks into just days after marrying Sheriff Paul Davidson Now she has a mystery of the girls to contend with along with getting to know her new employees and new territory And she is dealing with the disabled woman a former ice climber who is angry as can be about her life until she falls for one of the found girls It is that that drives her as much as justice drives Pigeon in seeking for answers in the three girls prior life and the situation what threw their world upside down.There are plenty of suspicious characters to go around but its up to Pigeon to separate fact from suspicion and to resolve the issues before there aredeaths


  10. Lukasz Pruski Lukasz Pruski says:

    She held the flashlight backward and the light blasted her retinas Startled, she dropped it Found it Pointed it in the right direction Holy shit, she whispered.Then the screaming began. Hard Truth 2005 , another National Parks series mystery by Nevada Barr, is the weakest of the five installments I have read so far In fact, I actively dislike the ending of the novel, badly written and simply in bad taste Until about page 235 out of 320 it seems an interesting and worthwhile additio She held the flashlight backward and the light blasted her retinas Startled, she dropped it Found it Pointed it in the right direction Holy shit, she whispered.Then the screaming began. Hard Truth 2005 , another National Parks series mystery by Nevada Barr, is the weakest of the five installments I have read so far In fact, I actively dislike the ending of the novel, badly written and simply in bad taste Until about page 235 out of 320 it seems an interesting and worthwhile addition to the series The story is located in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, where Anna Pigeon is now employed as a district ranger But then, towards the end of the story, the writing dissolves into pornography of violence.Three young girls have gone missing in Rocky Mountains National Park six weeks ago, and the intense search has not yielded any results But now a paraplegic climber, handicamping in the park with her aunt comes across two girls, disheveled and covered in mud, feces, and blood The girls are incommunicative and in a state of shock When the parents members of a conservative Christian sect are notified, instead of being extremely happy, they all lawyer up and prohibit their daughters from being tested for rape and questioned by psychologists or police Ms Pigeon is having difficulties in fulfilling her law enforcement duties finding the third girl because the parents suspect the involvement of Satan The whole affair acquires a different flavor when Ms Pigeon finds evidence that someone has been torturing animals The possibility of a brutal series killer cannot be excluded either.The absurdly prolonged ending with its barrage of gratuitous violence and brutality overwhelms the reader It is not just that the scenes of mental and physical torture are excessive but they are also badly written In High Country Ms Barr wrote great, captivating scenes of a prolonged ferocious duel between a good person and a bad one Here the passages depicting brutality are simultaneously disgusting and ridiculous For instance, a character repeatedly stabbed with a knife and just about to die is glad about the cordovan colored socks they are wearing as they do not show how much blood is being lost because of their color Cringeworthy and embarrassing for this usually competent author I also wish Ms Barr wroteabout the Rocky Mountain National Park, which my wife and I visited just a year ago our thirty second National Park The author does know how to write about nature, which she proved in other books in the series Instead of just mentioning the names such as Sprague Lake, Loomis Lake or Deer Mountain I would love to readabout these wonderful places, with similar skill as the author has exhibited before.I will probably look forNational Park series mysteries by Ms Barr, but I am unable to recommend this one.Two stars