13½ by Nevada Barr, a Review
13 1/2 by Nevada Barr
13½ by Nevada Barr, A Novel
Most of the authors I follow stringently will on occasion release a title that just doesn't sit well with me, or does not capture my interest.
Sometimes authors want to break out of what they have always done, and shake it up a bit. Nevada Barr has shaken things up, and there is no disappointment. There has not been one of her books that did not grab me instantly and throw me into the story.
Nevada Barr has done it again, she has written another novel I could barely set down. I am a voracious reader and always look for books in the genre containing women heroes. I like detectives, and characters who spend time in the great outdoors. When a murder mystery is written by a female author I like, I look forward even more to reading it.
13½ is set in the city of New Orleans. The characters are real to life, with Southern mysticism, southern wealth, with rural trailer trash genealogy mixed in over the top. As it happens in this city there is an undercurrent of violence. It is not any more than a person would see on CSI or SVU, although a lot depends upon what happens in the reader's brain.
This story has a lead female, a mother. She is protective and determined. This Mom has a spine of tempered steel. She has succeeded with her small family this far, by letting nothing harmful or dangerous near them. Her children are well balanced, and raised with self- confidence and grace.
She meets, falls in love with and marries Dillon. She hasn't known him long. Always dangerous to have an unknown around children, a worst fear can be realized by those expecting the worst,
Her new beau and his brother are a shell game of personality and thought. Dillon spent his entire adolescence in an institution for violent offenders; children tried as adults. Dillon's brother, the only survivor of their brutal family massacre, keeps the reader guessing with the age old question, who done it?
13½ has fortune tellers spread throughout, as the old City of New Orleans does. Tarot readers and alchemists are the wallpaper for this mystical place. How could it be centered about New Orleans and not have the workers of the supernatural?
The time frame of this story is set in post Katrina, pre-Oil Disaster. Very modern.
Long standing social problems and concerns are woven into the texture of this story. The juvenile justice system is highlighted, and how the justice system is a place where many youth are swallowed whole is brought to light. The history of Juvenile treatment facilities over time are central to the pages of 13½..
13 1/2 is set in pre-Katrina NOLA
Nevada Barr Discusses 13 1/2
Anna Pigeon books by Nevada Barr
In 1993, I was on the hunt for a new author. I gobbled up Sue Grafton's "'J' is for Judgement" as fast as I could, Patricia Cornwell's, "Cruel and Unusual" had me wanting more. I was doing searches, "powerful women, mystery, animals..." and Nevada Barr's "Track of the Cat" popped up. I was hooked from day one.
The Park Ranger; Anna Pigeon was a beliveable charachter, with honest issues and problems. The Pigeon books were written, showing Barr's love of the environment generally, and the US State Parks in particular. Her Anna Pigeon novels are true glimpses of the US National Park System employees and volunteers. We are given characters who are believable, and possibly recognizable. It gives the interested reader an idea how 'this system functions'. I waited in anticipation for every book to come out. It made me want to be a Park Ranger, except for the physical demands.
The years 2009 - 2010 were been spent in college, and because of required reading, I gave up my free time, leisure reading, and instead concentrated on college texts and manuals.
I did not have extra brain space for my first passion; pleasurable reading. Out of school I spent the majority of my time writing. It was time to get recharged. I think part of what makes a writer interesting is experience, and the experience of being a reader.
Juvenile Justice in New Orleans
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