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.
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
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.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
Being from California, I love hearing the tales of Dave Robicheaux and New Orleans. What an interesting and historical place. James Lee Burke always tells an interesting story and I wish I had begun them in chronilogical order so I could keep up with all of his wives and Clete's activity. But, I have nearly listened to them all and am greatful he has kept the same narrator, who does a fantastic job. Love em!
I can't get enough of the Dave Robicheaux novels (unabridged)with Will Patton narrating. The characters were engaging, but I especially liked the plot of this one. Burke's prose, as always, is lyrical, full of Southern imagery. Very literary but never boring.
i will never listen to another book by JLB, as much as i have enjoyed them
great sense of feeling about characters and setting
the bs comments,(uncalled for) about Catrina, make me seeth, and i will never buy a book by this author again
Burke must be the best American author of our day! His novels continue to amaze me and keep me engrossed. I particularly enjoy the Dave Robicheaux novels but almost anything he pens is good to me.
James Lee Burke can't go wrong with his Dave Robicheaux series! Alwasys a great read. Once I get started on one of these books I can't stop listening...