Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon, #13)
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Hard Truth (Anna Pigeon #13)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  3,139 ratings  ·  292 reviews
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...more
Published February 7th 2006 by Penguin Group (first published 2005)
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Holly Booms Walsh
Aug 17, 2007 Holly Booms Walsh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans, true crime readers
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
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!
I usually love Nevada Barr's stories, but this one was a bit hard to read because of all the violence. Either I've gotten more sensitive to it or Nevada Barr stepped up the gory details in this book.
Kelly  Maybedog
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...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This book is much darker than the earlier books. I think it is because it deals with a psychopathic killer of children and the oppression of women and children in the fundamentalist break-away sect of the Mormon church similar to the enclave of Warren Jeffs. In both cases, the helpless are being oppressed and the reader is helpless.

There is a new character introduced that I would love to see again. Heath is an embittered woman who has become a paraplegic due to a climbing accident. She is a very...more
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...more
Actually, this was read as an audio book. It was pleasant to have the words interpreted as well. I listened to it while on an 18 hour car ride.

Nevada Barr writes a mystery series based on a park ranger named Anna Pigeon and based at different national parks. This is only the second for me. The first was based on the park in the Florida Keys. This one based in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Having visited RMNP several times, I thought it would be fun.

Anna is newly assigned as one of the head...more
Sep 19, 2010 Christie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The premise of this AP mystery was a recent move to Rocky Mountain to take a district ranger job. When she arrives, she finds that 3 children have been long missing in ROMO's moutainous terrain, and their LDS-like parents aren't even actively looking for them. Main characters included a recently paralyzed rock climber and her Dr./aunt, and a young male youth group leader. I have to say I was disapppointed in this one. It seems that the author Barr has truly mastered the building-up-suspense and...more
May 19, 2008 Brackman1066 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Somewhere, Nevada Barr jumped genres and started writing horror novels, and I didn't get the memo. Eek. I don't often wish I could un-read books. I like the fact that Barr is not willing to write the same book over and over, and I respect her for it. However, since her heroine got married 2 books ago (after being a widow for 15 years or so), surely there is plenty of scope there for character development? Why is Barr so firmly keeping the new husband off stage instead of playing that facet of th...more
Nelson Pahl
The more I read Nevada Barr, the more I love her style. And to date, I can say that I enjoyed none of her titles more than . A slithering plot, with creepy characters and a fantastic climax make it five stars in my eyes. Highly recommended for any mystery-loving naturalist. :)
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Nancy Bandusky
This is a novel full of suspense with two heroines: Anna, the ranger, and Heath, a woman thrust into the story. Both have issues which help drive the plot.

While the "story" of the book involves a religious group, Anna's strong anti-religious leaning is overdone, actually leading to distraction of the reading experience as the reader wonders what is her underlying problem. Her constant "digs" put in question the viability of her relationship (and now marriage) to Paul Davidson since he is a mini...more
This is the first Nevada Barr book I've read and I was bowled over with her excellent characterization details and story line! I listened to it on CD, loved the narration by Barbara Rosenblat--I doubt I could or would listen to another Nevada Barr book without her. Sometimes the characters--both hero and villian-- are a little over-the-top and unbelievably strong or evil, but for a mystery to listen to while driving, it's great. I also enjoy the national park service settings.
Although the premise of the story is pretty much headliner news stories, the way Ms. Barr writes puts a unique spin on the story. A very nice balance of mystery and wit. There were some plots that were surprising and some that were not. I really liked her use of vocabulary, mostly because it didn't feel like she was showing off her ability to flourish a sentence, but kept it very natural.
I'm not completely happy with these last 2 books. Nevada Barr is changing her style of writing to include perspectives from characters OTHER than Anna Pigeon. I don't want to read what other characters think - I like to know what Anna Pigeon thinks. I enjoyed the book for the most part, but found myself skipping over sections that weren't focues on the main character.
Chris Cook
I really didn't enjoy the end of this book, which colored how I felt about the rest of the book. SPOILERS: I am not a fan of Psycho-Sociopaths as the murderer in a book. I read books like this for escapist entertainment, and frankly the world is full enough of disturbing forces that I don't need to spend my time reading (or in this case, listening to someone read) about them for hours on end. It was relentless for at least the last quarter of the book, and honestly I would have stopped listening...more
Now, this is more like it! This book harkens back to the earlier books in the series. It was well-written, descriptive, and full of action. When I start one of this series, I want to learn about the location as much as I want to here the next Anna Pigeon adventure. This was not disappointing. The same things bother me about Anna though. In this book, she is newly married and after only a few days together, she is off to her next posting with only the merest of regrets. Anna clearly thinks it to...more
I almost didn't give this all five stars but considering it hooked me so tightly at the end, I decided it really is worth all that gold! Though this is an older book in the series, I somehow escaped reading it in sequence. It is a good study in the strife between good and evil and a thoughtful consideration of the psychological implications of such strife. Three barely teen girls are kidnapped and held hostage in Rocky Mountain National Park. The effects of the (evil) captor on his impressionabl...more
Christi Nash
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 be more horror 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 but more in a Silence of the Lambs/Children of the Corn sort of way...yet Barr tried to wrap it up with usual Anna P...more
Ruby Vazquez
Too much violence. Too much foul language. Not an enjoyable read.
Funny thing. Once you've read so many books you often find yourself throughly engrossed in a book that seems very familiar, only to discover you've already read it.
This, is such a book.

Just as good as it was the first time around. The mystery unwinds slowly and until you get to the end, you're never sure how it's going to go down. I think I got more enjoyment out of it this time because while the story & characters kept me in a state of constant deja vu, I truly couldn't remember how it ende...more
Ranger Anna Pigeon, meets her match in this engrossing new thriller set in Rocky Mountain National Park. Heath Jarrod is a climber now confined to a wheelchair after an accident that left her crippled, angry and depressed: "For a few months after the fall, she'd played Christopher Reeve, pretending to be as optimistic, as cheerful, but she was a lousy actor and ... she'd rung down the curtain. The first of many curtains." But there's a second act in her future that begins when two terrified, hal...more
Well...that was especially creepy. I can see why the next novel has her dealing with PTSD... I'm feeling like, after the Yosemite novel, THIS one should have been the PTSD novel, but heck, piling on some more trauma and over the top craziness can't hurt!

I was excited the book was set in RMNP. There were indeed some nice bits of ecology (yay that the red rocks on the front range make an appearance), but overall it all took a back seat to the total creepshow going on. Lots of nicely hair raising...more
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"Just three days after her wedding to Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from Mississippi to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, where three girls have disappeared during a religious retreat. Two of the children reappear a month later, clad only in filthy underwear and claiming to remember nothing of the intervening weeks. The girls are frightened and traumatized, but they forge a bond with the campers who discovered them - a wheelc...more
International Cat Lady
Anna Pigeon in all her glory.... but much, much darker and more disturbing than Nevada Barr's usual Anna Pigeon books. Much. After book #14, Anna pretty much has a nervous breakdown, and has to take some time off from work for books 15 and 16... I never thought #14 was enough to send someone off the rails, but perhaps, following on the heels of this, it makes a little more sense. Reasons I didn't give it 5 stars? Barr uses one of my least favorite plot devices: having one of the characters sudde...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Setting: Rocky Mountain National Park

Main Character: Anna Pigeon a fictional law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service.

Plot/Storline: Anna Pigeon leaves her new husband, Sheriff Paul Davidson, back in Mississippi, to assume a new post in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, where she encounters a serial killer and a strong, determined woman, Heath Jarrod, much like herself. Heath, a former ice climber now confined to a wheelchair after a near-fatal fall, feels depressed, isolated...more
Since this is title in the series is set in Rocky Mountain National Park, I figured I'd be thrilled reading it. And, in a sense, I was, but the people in this book are so horrifying that they kind of blocked out the scenery and nostalgia.

Anna has left her new husband in Mississippi to take a promotion in Colorado, for a year and then they'll reassess. Several weeks before she arrives, three girls disappeared while on a church campout/retreat leaving no trace. The book opens with two of them sudd...more
Michael Sump
“Hard Truth” by Nevada Barr is one of the best of this series. I’ve now read 13 of them, each in chronological order, each located in one of America’s National Parks, and each featuring the intrepid NPS Law Enforcement Ranger, Anna Pidgeon.

This novel is set in Rocky Mountain National Park, where Anna has just been appointed the new District Ranger. This is a good job in the Park Service and a promotion she has long aspired to. It is such an attractive job that she accepts it even though she has...more
Stephanie "Jedigal"
Mar 12, 2010 Stephanie "Jedigal" rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie "Jedigal" by: Emily
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was given to me as a gift. Perhaps a run-of-the-mill title, but not a genre I read a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed this crime/drama/whodunnit. Two protoganists, one a female park ranger I understand is the repeat star of a series of titles by this author featuring crimes in National Parks, the other a paraplegic woman, former climber, just adjusting to her new wheelchair bound life. Both were believable to me and likable. Although plot driven of course, there was enough characterization that th...more
"Just days after marrying ..., 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 an unspeakable evil ..."
~~back cover

This one was MUCH further along the psychotic horrific spectrum. First there was the fundamentalist religious sect, complete with patriarch -- well, you know that story. And...more
I did like that this novel was set in a national park. Everything to do with the park system was a plus.
Although an adventure, the book was boring. One had to wade through descriptive jawing/analyzing and metaphors/similies that seemed to disconnect and stop the action.
Also both protagonists were irritating. However, I was not satisfied with the narrator, so her interpretation of the protagonists may be part of why I did not care for them.
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in...more
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