I realize that some may find my review offensive but this is just my humble opinion. It seems that every Dave Robicheaux Novel is the same. Dave gets hired back by Dept, Dave gets married, Dave goes on bender, Dave loses his temper, Dave feels bad, Dave solves murder at very end. This is all very entertaining sometimes but it gets redundant.
Will Patton does a wonderful job as always. I suppose I could go on but enough said. Thanks
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.