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With 13 ½, Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Anna Pigeon novels, has written a taut and terrifying psychological thriller. It carries the reader from horrifying 1970’s murder spree of a child-dubbed “Butcher Boy” by a shocked public- in Rochester, Minnesota, to Polly, the abused daughter of Mississippi “trailer trash,” 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 Marchland, 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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Polly Deschamps is at a lonely crossroads, until she meets and marries Marshall Marchand. As Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasingly dark moods, fearing that his brother may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.

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As Polly Dechamps begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her new husband Marshall's increasingly dark moods, fearing that his brother may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.

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A terrifying novel of psychological suspense by New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr

Synopsis:

In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the “Butcher Boy” incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide. Now, in modern-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps begins to settle into a life with charming architect Marshall Marchand, but she feels uneasy about his increasing dark moods, also fearing that his brother may be influencing him in ways she cannot understand.

What, if any, is the Marchands connection to the infamous “Butcher Boy” multiple homicide that occurred more than thirty years ago? Could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?

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In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the Butcher Boy incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide.

Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escaping a nightmarish Mississippi childhood.

Lonely, that is, until she encounters architect Marshall Marchand. Polly is immediately smitten. She finds him attractive, charming, and intelligent. Marshall, a lifelong bachelor, spends most of his time with his brother Danny. When Polly's two young daughters from her previous marriage are likewise taken with Marshall, she marries him. However, as Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasing dark moods, fearing that Danny may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.

But what of the ominous prediction by a New Orleans tarot card reader, who proclaims that Polly will murder her husband? What, if any, is the Marchands' connection to the infamous Butcher Boy multiple homicide? And could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?

About the Author

Nevada Barr is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning novelist. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, four magical cats, and two adorable dogs.

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sharrona, June 24, 2013 (view all comments by sharrona)
These comments apply to the unabridged audio version, read by Dan John Miller:

What a huge disappointment for my family! We've enjoyed every one of Barr's Anna Pigeon series over the years and looked forward to hearing this one. A few lines of dialog in the first chapter leapt out at me and ruined whatever suspense/mystery might have carried the story. I wondered later if perhaps the reader, knowing the whole story at the time he read aloud, might have tried too hard to make a couple of comments seem unimportant. Something in his delivery made me ask a question and then mentally answer it. Not until the last chapter did the author give the answer -- the same answer -- but by then I was too bored to care.

The characters were not very compelling. Good people, striving to succeed and live a full life in spite of horrendous childhood experiences...shouldn't it be fairly easy to make them appealing? And the villain was one-dimensionally evil, with no real background on why he was that way.

Even a favorite author falters once in awhile, but I will not seek out any future non-series books Ms. Barr chooses to publish.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593155919
Author:
Barr, Nevada
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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"Synopsis" by , Polly Deschamps is at a lonely crossroads, until she meets and marries Marshall Marchand. As Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasingly dark moods, fearing that his brother may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.
"Synopsis" by , As Polly Dechamps begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her new husband Marshall's increasingly dark moods, fearing that his brother may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.
"Synopsis" by ,
A terrifying novel of psychological suspense by New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the “Butcher Boy” incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide. Now, in modern-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps begins to settle into a life with charming architect Marshall Marchand, but she feels uneasy about his increasing dark moods, also fearing that his brother may be influencing him in ways she cannot understand.

What, if any, is the Marchands connection to the infamous “Butcher Boy” multiple homicide that occurred more than thirty years ago? Could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?

"Synopsis" by , In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the Butcher Boy incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide.

Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escaping a nightmarish Mississippi childhood.

Lonely, that is, until she encounters architect Marshall Marchand. Polly is immediately smitten. She finds him attractive, charming, and intelligent. Marshall, a lifelong bachelor, spends most of his time with his brother Danny. When Polly's two young daughters from her previous marriage are likewise taken with Marshall, she marries him. However, as Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasing dark moods, fearing that Danny may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.

But what of the ominous prediction by a New Orleans tarot card reader, who proclaims that Polly will murder her husband? What, if any, is the Marchands' connection to the infamous Butcher Boy multiple homicide? And could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?

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