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Burn
by Nevada Barr
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Minotaur, 2011 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you are in the least bit squeamish about reading of pedophilia, don't open Burn by Nevada Barr! But if you're in the mood for an engrossing and suspenseful story, this is the novel for you. Don't know how I missed this one in 2010. I apologize to the author. I truly enjoy her writing and am glad I happened on Burn.

Anna Pigeon, taking an imposed break from her job as a U.S. park ranger, travels to New Orleans to visit her jazz singer friend Geneva. Jordan is a tenant of Geneva's and a suspicious figure to Anna. Here is where witchcraft comes into the picture, all with a backdrop of New Orleans' Bourbon Street and jazz bands and the strip clubs, the seamier side of this beautiful city.

Enter Clare, wanted for arson and the death of her two little girls and her Muslim husband, with an agenda of her own. One for which she would willingly give up her life if that would accomplish her goal. And let's not forget Mackie, a cute little black and white pooch.

Now the pedophiles become part of the story. It is a very dark scenario but one that makes me wonder about the authenticity of this black hole a club where small children perform for twisted adults. I hate to think this scene was taken from real life but, I quiver to say this, I believe places such as this exist.

The Denver Post says that Burn 'Sizzles' and Publisher's Weekly calls it 'Outstanding.' It is well worth a read, if your stomach and nerves can handle it.

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