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Bill Truesdell posts on 6/14/2005 10:47:30 AM
This is the first (and I have read all of them) Nevada Barr book that I started skim reading after about twenty pages. It says more about the author than Anna. Obviously she is going through a dark time and that is reflected in the bleakness of the writing and the evil that has no redemption.
My wife picked up the book and read about five pages and wondered why I read such depressing bitterness.
I do not mind suspending disbelief and allow the plot to go places that might prove interesting, but Hard Truth went well beyond that. I did slow down at the end, where the killer was unmasked. You really had to give reality a pass from there on.
I agree with the comments of others that this was not Anna's story. Instead it is more the reflection of an author's struggle with life, faith and any goodness that might reside in life.
I hope Nevada Barr gets back on track and lets Anna be Anna and the focus of the story. Otherwise I will only have Kinsey Millhone to look forward to.
Ann Miller posts on 6/13/2005 11:41:37 PM
I would love to see Anna Pigeon in Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, Arches, Zion or Capital Reef National Parks. This part of Utah is so beautiful and different from any other part of the USA that I have ever seen. Especially lush Louisiana and Mississippi my home states. Anna could have a wonderful time among the Hoodoos at Bryce.
Have not read HARD TRUTH yet but I understand it is as vividly grafic as your other novels are lively. Will try to read it next. Sometimes writers make us more aware of the hard facts of life than we really want to see. Sad but necessary. Just keep those books coming.
Understand you left my little town of Clinton, MS for the Big Easy. Well I am only 80 miles from there and I wish you a lovely life in N.O.
Sara Schultz posts on 6/12/2005 4:23:30 PM
I have read all of Nevada Barr's books. I love reading them. My husband and I RV and have visited almost all of the parks used as the settings for her books.
However, Hard Truth was almost impossible for me to read. I still have nightmares about the child and animal cruelty. If I had read this book first, I never would have picked up another one. I have also told several other fans of Nevada's that the cruelty is too hard and not to read the book.
Tom Smithberger posts on 6/11/2005 1:39:24 PM
Have become totally addicted since I discovered you. Your always setting the natural scene and its present weather is especially appreciated. I do wish I could meet you and hug you.
RHughes posts on 6/8/2005 10:17:55 AM
I have loved all the Nevada Barr books - BUT I am very disappointed in Hard Truth. I would put it at the bottom of any list of books I would recommend to fellow readers. I hope N.B. will go back to concentrating on the Parks, characters,etc. instead of trying to copy the Front Page News.
Allene Hintz posts on 6/7/2005 9:27:08 PM
Met Nevada on Isle Royale when she was a Ranger there, as was her husband.Every year from 1986-1999 we spent about two weeks on the Island and navigating it. It is the most wonderful place to take your children on vacation and teach them about wilderness and wildlife. I know that now as my children start raising there families they can't wait to visit the Island with their children, when they are old enough. It was great fun to find the book "A Superior Death" out on the Island, which was the first I knew she was a writer. I have all her books, except the last two. I think my favorite is "Blind Descent". That one kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. Excellent Author and I hope Nevada keeps writing more. I have introduced several people to her books and they can't get enough either.
Thea Reed posts on 6/2/2005 5:23:41 PM
Hi Nevada, I just finished reading your first book (for me), Seeking Enlightenment. It is wonderful. I was at Cal Poly San Luis 1961-1963, so we have something in common. Our Denver weather chick, Kathy Sabin, was also a Poly Dollie. I will have to read some of your mysteries.
Billie Louise Jones posts on 6/1/2005 4:28:40 PM
Reading ILL WIND after I got back from a trip to Mesa Verde kept the feeling of the trip going.
Will you ever write a book set in the Grand Canyon?
Harold posts on 5/31/2005 1:41:17 PM
I think you may be able to contact her through the publisher. I'd heard her husband was the one that handled all her contacts but as she left him last fall and moved to New Orleans the contact link from her web page was broken and the web site is no longer kept up to date.
Ann H Milleer posts on 5/15/2005 11:16:45 AM
I became a true fan of Nevada Barr before I discovered you were a fellow Mississippian. Golly, but we have some fantastic writers in Mississippi. Then today I learned that you reside in Clinton where I graduated from high school before you were born. Man I feel old. I am also a lover of all National Parks. When we travel in our motorhome we look for national parks as a home base.
Thanks for all the exciting adventures you have provided and remember one thing - KEEP 'EM COMING!!
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