Saturday, September 19, 2009

13 1/2

A family is murdered, a mother, a father, a little girl. The murder scene is gruesome and blood-soaked, but there are two survivors, 11 year-old Dylan Raines and his older brother, Richard.

Dylan doesn't have a scratch on him, while Richard's leg has almost been severed. Dylan's inappropriate behavior at the crime scene and during the trial leads the police investigating the murder, the news media and everyone else to the conclusion that Dylan is the murderer. He is called "The Butcher Boy," and convicted.

The significance of the title: One judge, 12 jurors, half a chance.

The book traces the life of Dylan and Richard Raines from the night of the crime, through Dylan's incarceration, to the time when Dylan is released and the brothers start a new life in a town where nobody knows them.

Polly Farmer grows up in a trailer park with a mother who drinks heavily and drags a series of boyfriends home. Polly runs away to New Orleans to escape. The novel traces Polly's journey from sexually abused teenager in a trailer park to her success as a respected professor and mother of two.

In mysterious New Orleans paths cross and broken pasts collide at a breakaway pace. No one and nothing is what it seems. Murder is once again a part of the scene. Who will die? Who will live? Who is truly guilty?

Wow, this stand-alone novel from New York Times Bestselling Author Nevada Barr kept me turning the pages. I love to read and discover what's on the next page. I couldn't read this book fast enough! This is a brilliant story with so many twists and turns of plot, you will be intrigued from page 1. What do you think?

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