13 1/2Book - 2009
With 13 one-half, Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of theaward-winning Anna Pigeon novels, haswritten a taut and terrifying psychologicalthriller. It carries the reader from thehorrifying 1970s murder spree of a child--dubbed "Butcher Boy" by a shocked public--in Rochester, Minnesota, to Polly, theabused daughter of Mississippi "trailertrash," to post-Katrina New Orleans. In Jackson Square in the French Quarter a tarot card reader told Polly Deschamps she would be a success. Thirty years later, Polly is a respected professor of literature with good friends and her own home--a safe life for her and her two daughters. Butcher Boy, released on his seventeenth birthday, shook the snow from his boots and headed south. New Orleans, a Mecca for runaways then and now, offers sanctuary but never forgiveness. When Polly falls in love with Marshall Marchand, a restoration architect who is helping to rebuild her adopted city, shadows of the past rise out of the poisoned ground of New Orleans as thick and deadly as the toxic waters of the flood. Like history, some crimes are doomed to repeat themselves. Evil stays the same, only the victims' names change. As two broken pasts collide in an uncertain present, Polly is determined that her children's names will never be on that list.
Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, c2009
Branch Call Number: FIC Barr 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 311 p
Alternative Title: Thirteen and one-half
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GOGETA1946 Oct 21, 2014
disappointing for a Nevada Barr work. Plot twist figured out before 1/2 through the book. Female protagonist completely unbelievable.
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