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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,915 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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With 13 , Nevada Barr, New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Anna Pigeon novels, has written a taut and terrifying psychological thriller. It carries the reader from the horrifying 1970s murder spree of a child - dubbed Butcher Boy by a shocked public - in Rochester, Minnesota, to Polly, the abused daughter of Mississippi trailer trash, 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 17th 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 2/14/2014

    " This was quite different from Barr's Anna Pigeon books that I like so much, but this one was liked as much or more. The dark side of the author comes out in this book of a child convicted of killing his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/7/2014

    " I had two sweet little old ladies who were sisters on my plane. They told me how much they love Nevada Barr so I picked this one up at random. Not what I was expecting! I was interested in the characters but she jumped around so much it was confusing. I knew very early on who the bad guy was but it was interesting to see how she resolved the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/30/2014

    " More intense and scary than the Anna Pigeon mysteries, but very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 1/27/2014

    " Had not ever read a "one-off" of Nevada Barr previously. Usually reading her Anna Pigeon books. This, while having a very dark theme, and a fairly easy to determine ending, was still a good read. Another good picture of life in New Orleans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/22/2014

    " Very creepy book. Dylan, 11 and Richard, 15 are the only two left in the family after their family is attacked and died with an axe. Dylan is accused of the murder. He can't remember anything. This is a thriller. 30 years later, with new names, Dylan (Marcus) is married to Polly. He is afraid he will hurt her and her 2 daughters, but loves her totally. When Marcus feels threatened, terrible things start to happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/15/2014

    " i read this in about 12 hours....too much horror much too fast. very creepy, but glad to know that ms. barr can write something besides the standard mystery. really good reading, but you won't feel very good when you're finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 1/15/2014

    " I'm sorry that this book wasn't better. Maybe I expect too much from mysteries, like well developed and credible characters, or at least semi-opaque story lines. I will admit I read until the end, but certainly not to find out what happened or whodunnit. I finished it merely out of boredom. If you want a good mystery with characters you not only believe in, you want to hang out with them, read Tara French's "In The Woods". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael crage | 1/12/2014

    " the novel was disjointed and not very interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/4/2014

    " I think this is one of her best books so far. You're kept wondering right throuh to the very end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 12/19/2013

    " Not finished, just gave up on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Large | 12/17/2013

    " This was intense! A true psychological thriller. I found it confusing at first, but couldn't put it down once I got into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 12/3/2013

    " A different book from Nevada Barr. Not a national park in the book! A murder mystery that will keep you guessing til the last chapter. Highly recommend for a trip book that will keep your interest for the entire read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 11/29/2013

    " This book was very good. It started out fast and keep going. There was one twist that I did not see coming. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 11/21/2013

    " I thought this was a very good thriller with a twisted point of view that made it unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 7/27/2013

    " The description of "psychological terror" is fairly apt, though the predictability does remove some of the "terror" element. I did enjoy the read as a vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Matchinski | 5/24/2013

    " Totally different from her other books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary B | 5/12/2013

    " Too creepy even for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/11/2013

    " I actually figured out most of the book relatively early, still I found myself thinking - don't go in the apartment! run! don't go there! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/2/2013

    " I don't think I liked this one. I kept reading it though... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wynn | 1/13/2013

    " I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but it reminded me of a lifetime movie. Sorry. I still adore Nevada Barr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Corcoran | 9/30/2012

    " This was a pretty good thriller. I thought I had the end figured out, but it kept throwing me off. Turns out, I was right but it was well enough written that it kept me guessing until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Vanderhart | 8/5/2012

    " Tightly written suspense, a compelling read. It reminded me of what I enjoyed about Barr in her early Anna Pigeon mysteries--a readability that's been missing in recent additions to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse | 7/13/2012

    " Different though of course you can figure it out...but still kept my interest through-out...easy, summer read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 4/23/2012

    " I figured the ending 1/4 thru book. It was not one of her best, This has been about 3+ strikeout with an author I trulely liked "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie B | 4/11/2012

    " I love all of Nevada Barr's books--except this one. Just didn't do it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex M | 8/7/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but it was very predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mjdrean | 7/6/2011

    " A story with lots of potential but too much distraction from trying to fool the reader with tricks of time and red herrings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ksafford | 5/10/2011

    " Very different from her usual....not one of the Anna Pigeon books. I am on page 151 and so far enjoying it very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/30/2011

    " Listened to it. Well it was gripping but really I think I can do without reading or listening to such gruesome disturbing stories. I guess it did it's job though in keeping us awake while driving across the prairies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracy | 4/25/2011

    " Beautiful, smart woman with two kids marries whack job. Figured it out early on in the book. Not an impressive volume of work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 4/11/2011

    " Predicted the basic premise of the end about a quarter of the way into the book, but it was still a pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 4/7/2011

    " What a great (but disturbing) story! Very different from her other stories. I did figure out ‘the ending’ but it was a wonderful journey getting there. Very suspenseful read and I recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 3/28/2011

    " Very dark. I like the suspense, but I did see the twist coming about halfway through. Maybe too psychological for me.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheekey | 3/23/2011

    " It held my interest in the beginning, but by the middle of the book it got pretty predictable. Yeah, I saw everything that was coming. The plot twist...sure, if you want to call it a twist you can. I didn't think it was all that twisty.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/14/2011

    " This was intense! A true psychological thriller. I found it confusing at first, but couldn't put it down once I got into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/14/2011

    " I'm a fan of Barr's Anna Pigeon series, so I decided to give this one a try. Sorry, just couldn't really get into it. The characters just didn't seem real to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/22/2011

    " The suspense was a lot more tolerable after I skipped ahead and read the end of the book :). Okay overall, but not sure that I'd recommend it to anyone else to read. Content was definitely on the disturbing side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/31/2011

    " Exciting; different; psychological thriller by the author of the National Parks series with Anna Pigeon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/28/2011

    " A stark portrait of children who kill, their thought processes and why they do it. I didn't like the subject matter but it was hard to put down. "

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About the Author
Author Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr was born in the small western town of Yerington, Nevada, and raised on a mountain airport in the Sierras. Pushed out of the nest, she fell into theatre, receiving her BA in speech and drama and her MFA in acting before making the pilgrimage to New York City, then Minneapolis. For eighteen years she worked on stage, in commercials and industrial training films, and doing voiceovers for radio. During this time she became interested in the environmental movement and began working in National Parks across the country during the summers. Woven throughout these seemingly disparate careers was the written word. Nevada wrote and presented campfire stories, taught storytelling, and was a travel writer and restaurant critic. She has won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for best first mystery.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.