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Critical Praise

Barr is a splendid storyteller.

Los Angeles Times Book Review

The striking visceral quality of Ms. Barr’s action scenes is all the more remarkable because she writes with such a cool, steady hand about the violence of nature and the cruelty of man.

New York Times Book Review

Nevada Barr is one of the best.

Boston Sunday Globe

...the best of both literary worlds: careful, craftsmanlike writing and thoughtful prose that meditates on both nature and human nature, backed by a plot that always moves at breakneck speed, leaving readers dizzy, emotionally wrung-out, and awestruck.

Denver Post

...[Barr’s] extraordinary ability to create electrifying drama in the natural world is unequivocal.


This book is a hands-down winner! Psychological terror at its best, 13 ½ shines with authentic voices, high-amp tension, and Barr's brilliant and unique style.

—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of ROADSIDE CROSSES

Stunning... spellbinding psychological suspense with twists you won't see coming... an amazing, virtuoso piece of writing.

—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

Keep the lights on while reading this intense psychological thriller. The tension’s so tight you’ll be rethinking every motive and clue up to the finale. Much like Nancy Pickard in THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS, Barr forces us to look beyond the obvious to the hidden evils we may have overlooked.

—Library Journal

...a stand-alone psychological thriller with grit, teeth and heart.... a terrifying, utterly convincing glimpse into the abyss.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Nevada Barr provides a compelling psychological thriller that grips the audience from the start to the finish in a one sitting family drama. The story line is character driven as the strong casts including powerful secondary players like the tarot card reader make for a tremendous tense tale.

—Harriet Klausner