Will Patton delivers an amazing work of fiction. James Lee Burke knows how to write. I could smell the Bayou and see the brown pelicans gliding over the water.
Great writing. Great job of presenting setting and comments on humanity, characters and motivation. Nice job of presenting the nuances of alcohol addiction. There were clues presented early, like a character swallowing a wedding ring, that weren't followed up. It left me wondering why such a great detective let clues slip. He knew the DNA of a murder victim but didn't use the info to connect to the murderer and continued to act surprised that the victim wasn't related to other suspects. Despite what were probably editing/proofreading flaws, the writing is so good, that other things can be forgiven.
What ever happened to the days of editors who actually read the book and sent it back to the author?
It's at the top of the list ... as are ALL of the Dave Robicheaux books recorded by Will Patton.
Dave. And Clete's right behind ... and sometimes a little ahead. The characters are so real, and Burke's philosophy rings so true, and the atmosphere he creates ... I suppose that if you've never lived in South Louisiana, you might not believe it. But Burke's voice tells it like it is.
PLEASE request that Will Patton re-record the Dave Robicheaux books 1-13. The other narrators just didn't get it; words were mispronounced and though an attempt at the regional dialect was made, it wasn't achieved. Patton's narration is so superior that I'd purchase them again.
Without a doubt, David Lee Burke and Will Patton make the best team, and this episode in the life of New Iberia Parish, LA detective Dave Robicheaux is one the best in the series. It has all the usual characters, twists and turns, and horrific violence typical of a Burke story. But Burke always celebrates what is good in human nature, and his stories invariably leave us with a sense of hope and satisfaction. The best Robicheaux stories take place in Louisiana, and this one (in my humble opinion) is the best of the best.
Dangerous secrets revealed.
Hard to choose between Dave and Clete. I want to marry Dave, and have a torrid fling with Clete.
Made me book a trip to New Orleans this winter!
Will is the perfect match. I love his narration and FINALLY brings Dave to life. I only pray that theentire series is re-recorded with Patton as I not only disgusted by all of Hammer's performances but wonder what in the world could Burke have been thinking by allowing Hammer to to distroy his brillance and incredable writing. How Hammer ever was allowed to narrate any book is beyond me. The only thing I can concluded is blackmale or brother-in-law to appease, keep mama happy and family peace. Will brings every person to life and just grabs your heat and soul to the point that I listened to all of Burkes books over and over where Will Patton does his magic. Not only could Burke's publisher make literally millons of buck by releasing a second edition of the entire series performed by Will Patton and give we audio addicts what we wantand need but this audio series would blow every other series writer out of the water. With no doubt, Will would make Streak and Crleat the most loveable and heart touching stand-up guys ever but cause his fictional Cajun cop and philosipher to come to life. This would not be a fictional series to the reader but more a bibliography and account of the life and times of perhaps the most loved and revered guys and gals of all time in modern lititure. Where are you Will? Give us audiobook readers the thrill and true joy of the REAL detective Robicheaux. Five stars for all off the perfect match of Burke and Patterson performances.
than James Lee Burke and Will Patton. THE perfect combination for a great listen. Burke's lush vocabulary and vivid descriptions have you seeing and feeling the surroundings. I've never been to Bayou country, but I feel like I know the place. Patton's reading of Robicheaux is spot on perfect and anyone else trying to do it would be a disappointment. Burke skillfully builds characters and plots and this was just one more that was worth every minute.
Burke and Patton do it again! I haven't listened to the Robicheaux novels in order, but it doesn't matter. This one gave me a little more history of Robicheaux's early years. Will Patton is an amazing narrator, not to disrespect the late Mark Hammer, but the narration is awesome!! If you are a fan of the Robicheaux novels this is a must listen!
Robicheaux novels seem to be two part: one detective, the other the soap opera of Dave's life. Both work in this one. The insights into Dave's anguished and driven life are at their best, while Dave in many ways is at his least sympathetic. At times he's far from likable, though always understandable, thanks to Burke's gifted writing and thorough insight.
The mystery of the book is a little more focused than the novels leading up to this one. While Burke still uses a lot of similar characters and social settings, and many scenes still seem to happen on the grounds of old Louisiana bayou homes, the story here has more cohesion than the ones just before it. The links between events and characters are more natural, less forced than in some before this one.
Overall, one of his better ones, I think. Other books I've described as not a good place to jump into the series. I think this one would be a good start for a newcomer. It stands by itself, and in some ways breaks with other stories.
This is the first one I heard Will Patton read, and despite being a big fan of Patton's, I couldn't get used to the change from the late Mark Hammer. I can see why people who started on Patton would have the same reaction to Hammer's reading. The two are so dissimilar that it changes the feel of the book. Hammer feels more languid and introspective, whereas Patton feels more hurried. His reading of Purcell is just odd, sounding about as New Orleanean as Robert DeNiro (And no, being from the Irish Channel would not make Clete sound THAT much like a junkie from Brooklyn). Either reader will take getting used to for those accustomed to the other.