Thirteen and One-half

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Vanguard Press, 2009 - Fiction - 311 pages
26 Reviews

With13 ½,Nevada Barr,New York Timesbestselling 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.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

Nevada Barr's books are getting darker I think. This one was certainly shiver-inducing. Of course, that didn't stop me reading it. I've read many of her books but this is the first one that doesn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - enemyanniemae - LibraryThing

Pretty good mystery- if you like things reminiscent of the film Jagged Edge, then you'll like this. I listened to it on audio and the narration is excellent. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and New York Times bestselling author. She has a growing number of Anna Pigeon mysteries to her credit as well as numerous other books, short stories, and articles. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, four magical cats, and two adorable dogs.

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