James Lee Burke is a truly rich writer and is superb in narrative, eloquent in detail and knows his New Orleans and his police culture. This is solid not only as crime fiction but as art. I am sorry I did not find him sooner.
If you like John Sanford's Prey series try James Lee Burke. Except be ready for much deeper and richer characters and backdrop.
The descriptions of New Orleans seedy bar with the Circus people
Will Patton's reading really nails it. I look forward to listening to him again.
I loved it
I want to listen to more of James Lee Burkes work.
Burke is a fantastic writer. The story is thrilling and the description makes you feel like you are right there! The narration is also first rate! I intend to get all of the Robicheax novels.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries, poetry, Tennessee Williams, and the south, and a lot of others too. Having it read by someone in a southern accent, a gravelly voice and a sense of poetry was wonderful.
Robicheaux is a great character, but one of those you'd like to give a good slap sometimes. He has a drinking problem which leads him to feel sorry for himself sometimes. This adds a realism to the character. He's a great detective and a good man, but has this problem and all the problems that go with it. that makes him more real.
He has, or uses a marvelous accent that really captures the atmosphere of the story. I mean, I felt like Blanche Dubois listening to this story! People from the deep and humid south tend to have a poetic love of their part of the country, and you feel that. His gravelly voice sounds older than the character, but it wasn't a problem.
There was more than one. Some were situations and sometimes it was the descriptions of the country side. The author captured the feeling of it in a few lyrical words at the most unexpected moments.
A very good read!
As good as any I have read and better then many.
Hard to turn off. Good mix of characters and sub-plots.
I have listened to many of Patton's reading. He is perfect for the Burke characters.
Yes, but I couldn't. It is easy to shut off and pick up again.
Burke and Patton always a great combination.
This is classic James Lee Burke. It is an older book which is fresh and raw. Good story, great performance.
Prefer alittle faster pace, but the plot line was enjoyable. Peeked my interest in his other books.
Yes but the accent was alittle strained
It had a nice twist at the end.
The narrator was very good at dialogue, making each person distinguishable, and fitting their personalities, but overall I did not enjoy it because it was just too violent and pointless for my taste.
Dealing with the crooked Sheriff Deputy
His hard boiled accent wasn't quite convincing, got a bit annoying sometimes, but overall it was okay.
This book came as a pleasant surprise. I hadn't heard of the Dave Robicheaux series, so this Cajun detective solving crimes in the colorful city of New Orleans was a great find. The descriptions of Lake Ponchartrain and the outlying areas made me want to pack my bags for a vacation on the bayou.
Dave is a complex character with plenty of flaws, and Will Patton does a fantastic job of giving voice to Dave and the other characters.
The plot is complex, and the twists and turns keep you interested. If I had one criticism, I'd say that poor Dave gets heaped with a little too much grief -- more than one guy, or the reader -- should be expected to stand. The flashbacks to Vietnam, along with descriptions of human rights atrocities in Central America, coupled with the gruesomeness of the crimes being investigated, are a bit over the top. I also wonder why the author chose to make gratuitious slams at the US Govt's handling of politics in Central America: The US Treasury officer in the story is doing his job; there was no need for him to justify his actions based on his religious or political views.
In any case, this is a great detective story and well worth your time. I plan to check out other novels in the series.
I feel kind of bad giving such a low rating but honestly I wish I had not wasted my money on this. The narration was difficult to understand and the plot was so boring I found myself having to rewind several times as my mind kept wandering. I finally gave up :(