13 1/2

13 1/2

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
With 13 one-half, Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of theaward-winning Anna Pigeon novels, haswritten a taut and terrifying psychologicalthriller. It carries the reader from thehorrifying 1970s murder spree of a child--dubbed "Butcher Boy" by a shocked public--in Rochester, Minnesota, to Polly, theabused daughter of Mississippi "trailertrash," 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 Marchand, 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.

Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781593155537
Branch Call Number: FIC Barr 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 311 p
Alternative Title: Thirteen and one-half


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

GOGETA1946 Oct 21, 2014

Ms.Barr should stick with her Ann Pigeon character. This novel is over long, the plot twist obvious by the middle of the book and Polly (the female protagonist) has to be one of the truly dumbest college professors ever imagined.

Aug 24, 2014


Jul 14, 2012

I’m weird enough to read a book just to satisfy my curiosity about a title. It’s a prison tattoo, stands for 12 jurors, 1 judge & ½ a chance. If you were also curious I just saved you the ordeal of having to read this. Not a book for the faint hearted, it’s full of overly graphic descriptions of child murderers, I prefer some subtlety. I almost gave it up but couldn’t, too caught up in the story, so I guess credit is due to the author on some level. It has a good premise and the story of a boy imprisoned for the murder of his family is finally (1/2 way into the book) rescued from the morose by the character Polly as a love interest. Liked the New Orleans setting and the tarot card reader was a spicy touch. It was okay but ridiculously predictable.
Favorite quote “perhaps love was like the mumps. If a woman came down with it after forty, it could kill her"

Aug 23, 2010

pretty good but maybe obvious too soon who the real bad guy was!

Jul 14, 2010

I've just discovered this author and will definitely read others.

Jul 05, 2010

Not my favorite Barr novel. Colorful characters and entertaining, but not one I'd read again. I prefer Ms. Barr's other novels.


Add a Summary

GOGETA1946 Oct 21, 2014

disappointing for a Nevada Barr work. Plot twist figured out before 1/2 through the book. Female protagonist completely unbelievable.

Nov 19, 2009

I did not find this book up to the standard of Nevada Barr's other books. At times it was very hard to follow the plot of the book. I hope this is not an indicator of future books by this author.


Add a Quote

Jul 14, 2012

Perhaps love was like the mumps. If a woman came down with it after forty, it could kill her

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PEPL

To Top