James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and Dave Robicheaux one of my favorite characters, but this novel didn't live up to Burke's ability to tell a believable story. The plot was weak and didn't really fit with Robicheaux's character in other stories. Even Burke's descriptive abilities seem to have left him in this story, when he throws in a phrase now and again about birds singing or some such drivel. Basically Bad Burke.
James Lee Burke infuses his scenes and character with such detail and color....I can almost taste, smell and feel all that he describes. His heroes are truly human...good men, but troubled, tortured and imperfect as are all of us. Nothing comes easily for them....and they are often torn and undecided. Hey, I can relate. Love these books, love the series.
Bought this book on sale last year because I love how James Lee Burke always makes the characters in his stories believable. The narration was not the best... but I got used to it. So, if you are able to get this book on sale... and you are already a fan of JLB, this will be a great choice.
I'm a fan of JLB novels and this one stands out as more complex, less predictable. At the end of the first reel, the story had gotten us through a climax, but certainly the story was far from finished. As another reviewer noted, the characters are somewhat more believeable and the protagonist actually develops an ambivalent relationship with the "baddie," finding redeeming qualities and commonalities with him. Mark Hammer did a stand-up job narrating the characters, mood and pacing. You can tell he enjoyed this story.
I have listened to a couple of these Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels and I really enjoyed this one. The story is interesting and I kept wanting to know what happens. I like how many of the characters and not "good" or "bad" but are conflicted and have both good and quailites about them. I love how the author paints a vivid picture of the area, the landscape, the food, and the culture of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Makes me want to visit!
A feast with all the fixin's! There's much to like about this book and its presentation. One thing I must single out though: why I read reviews, other than my own, is a mystery; at tiimes when I do I feel like one of those folks back in the teens that would pack a picnic and take the carriage out on Sundays to watch the inmates at the local asylum. Anyway, in some of these things I've read knocks on Mr. Hammer in response to which I must say: you flat don't get it! This is the real deal. If anything, Mr. Burke ought to build an extra room on his house...he's an asset, no doubt about it! He's got it down, cher!
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
I'm only giving this a two because of the terrific writng about New Orleans. The rest was utterly unbelievable. Give me a tough cop anytime, but this one gets the hell beat out of him regularly and then runs 4 miles. More like a cartoon than a developed character. A seemingly sane women falls in love with him after she is almost raped because of him on their first date. Save your money and your time.
One of the highest rating.
By this same author.He does accents very well,making it easy to get into the story.
The main character's loyalty to each other,the dialogue and the narrator's performance are a winning combination for this series.
This was the 1st Robicheaux I ever read; afterward, I bought the books from Neon Rain up to Flamingos & have read every book since. So I know the story. The surprise was Mark Hammer's performance. (yes, a performance more than a 'reading') I will buy every single Burke audio-book that involves Hammer!