I am a John Sandford fan and have never read (listened to) a book by Burke before. I found the story to be pretty slow with not a lot happening and little intrigue. It never really grabbed me, but it wasn't so bad as to lose my attention--merely ok.
I'm not sure I'll read another book by this author again if this is what they are all like.
A flowing story of a dificult yet intelligent life. Soft and caring, rough and horrendous. The descriptive abilities of the author carried me thruogh hard, dificult,yet some tender times. The splendid description artfully presented made this "read" most satisfying. I'm sorry it's completed.
Once again James Lee Burke has cranked out an entertaining, exciting new chapter in the Dave Robicheaux series. The reader performs wonderfully with great Cajun and 'yat accents. Can't wait for the next one.
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This was the first story from James Lee Burke that I've listened to. I picked it from one of the Audible lists, sounded interesting so I took a chance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plowed right through it. Now I'm going to have to listen to some of his other stories to see if they are as good and, yes, Will Patton is a good narrator.
This is the first Dave Robicheaux book I've read, but not the last! I loved the complexity of the characters as well as the 'gotcha' humor inserted with the likes of Wally the dispatcher and Betsy Mossbacher, the FBI agent. I believe the reviewer who called the story simplistic as well as the one who describes Dave as self-righteous just don't get it. This is solid, to-your-soul character development and storytelling. Dave Robicheaux passes along his own hard-earned lessons in life while examining the many human failings we all have. He wears his own failings in full view of the world rather than live behind them with lies. In one section, he explains how he copes in the sad, sometimes hopeless world of cops by saying that now and then you find one person (just one) who you know is good and you know is innocent. Also, James Lee Burke's description of Louisiana made me long for a past filled with roots that deep. The last line or two in the epilogue sums that up best. Regarding the reader, Will Patton, he's the best I've ever heard. I will be listening to other books by him.
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
James Lee Burke is a writer non-pareil. He transports the reader to New Iberia, Louisiana and surrounds him with sultry weather, combustible characters, and cajun metaphors that keep the plot sizzling to the end. As he does in his other Robicheux mysteries, he drives Dave to do unforgiveable things, but manages to redeem him in the end.
The plot follows the other Burke stories where a rich, evil man secudes politicans, bamboozles the ignorant, hooks up with the mob, and doesn't care who he hurts, but it's just that they happen to be Dave's friends and Dave will always step over the line to help the wrongly accused even if it means his job.
Will Patton reads the story as if he were on the back porch of an old plantation sipping a mint julip; he makes it go down smooth and easy.
Pegasus may be descending, but Burke's star is still rising.
I gave this 4 stars, but 3.5 would have been more accurate. Interesting plot, well paced, but the two main protagonists were difficult for me to embrace. The constant reminders of how these two tough guys are damaged & capable of extreme violence, while gentle and vulnerable to manipulative woman, just made them seem silly. So much pain, so much angst, so many regrets.....come on guys, buck up and solve the mystery.
Also they weren't necessarily clever, they just toughed it out. Perhaps these Robicheaux novels are better suited to men, who are more likely to relate to the whole complex, conflicted guy thing.
I would have prefered more plot and less introspection.