Friday, June 20, 2014

Burn by Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr's 16th Anna Pigeon novel is a much darker and more violent study than her earlier books. Here Anna is in New Orleans after Katrina and deals with the dark side of humanity--including horrific child abuse.

In Burn, Anna is on leave from her job to recover from emotional wounds that are taking much longer to heal than her physical ones. She goes to visit her park service friend Geneva who is a singer in the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Anna finds herself immersed in world filled with evil that she simply can't ignore. She gets involved in situations that are not what they seem to be on the surface, but are much more evil than they seemed at first.

I am one of Nevada Barr's biggest fans, however some of her newer books are losing long time readers because they have become so filled with evil and foreboding. I also miss the wonderful descriptions of glorious landscapes--including cityscapes--that here take a back seat to the ruminations on evil and depravity. Still, I enjoyed this book because of Barr's great storytelling and her use of language. It would just be nice to have a little more sunshine.

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