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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.Anna and Sheriff Paul Davidson are married only three days before Anna moves from Mississippi to Colorado. Her mettle is immediately tested as the new district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. Three young girls have gone missing, and when only two return a month later, wearing filthy undergarments and bearing deep psychological scars, the signs point to a mysterious religious organization that guards its secrets closely. As a palpable sense of evil casts its shadow over the park, Anna puts her life on the line to discover the truth behind the disappearances.
©2005 Nevada Barr; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Noted for her precise plotting and atmospheric descriptions of nature, Barr again proves her skill in putting believable characters in peril against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Stacey A. on 10-26-05

No idea there was room for improvement

I'm a prosecuting attorney in New Mexico, with a love of the outdoors. I started checking out the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr by serendipity because of my moderately long commute back-and-forth (an hour each way), and my boss urging me to get into audio books. Nevada Barr rocks! She gets the crime elements right, has done a wonderful job of characterization in each novel (so far I've "read" four unabridged in the series), and the narrator, Ms. Rosenblatt, is to be commended for the depth and breadth of her voice. I can hardly wait for the next in the series, even though I was nearly poisoned by the adrenaline coursing through my system during the last three to four hours of this one!

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By E.D. on 03-05-08

Hard Truth

I have been an avid fan of Nevada Barr since I picked up the first Anna Pigeon book. I enjoyed listening as I sewed or worked around the house, always posting on the wall a map of the area of the book's setting so I could follow along with Anna's travels. However, as the series progressed, there seemed to be an inordinate increase in the amount of gratuitous vulgarity and violence. For me, it culminated with Hard Truth. Sitting on a plane, I finally got so disgusted I tore off my headphones and snarled out loud (startling the ConAgra executive next to me), "Just shoot the [expletive deleted] and get it over with!" and never did finish listening to the book. The narration was, as always, superb, Barr's writing style, as always, faultless with exception of that seemingly needless dragging out of the story toward the end. It was just a shame that the aforementioned flaws of violence and vulgarity have caused me to drop Barr as one of my favorite authors. If these matters are not of concern to the reader, then Hard Truth is as sterling a read(or listen, as the case may be) as the previous Anna Pigeon books.

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