In the vein of Mike Hammer, a real get down and dirty detective novel. A little humor, a bunch of action, good story line and I don't mind the flashbacks to 'Nam. Some are a little long but the story makes up for it in suspense. I will definitely read the next in the series. I am very pleased with Will Patton's narration. I don't know about Mark Hammer but I will be finding out. Glad to have a new series to listen to .... Just don't know how this is going to be a cop drama if he isn't going to be on the force.... or is he?
Tin Roof Blowdown was my first Burke book and while I found it hard to follow at first, I got into it and enjoyed getting to know the characters. I've read later Burke books and listened to Neon Rain thinking that it help fill out the characters, but I must admit that I like the complexity of the characters in the later books. I like Dave better as a sober man. Will Patton is great and I couldn't imagine listening to other Robicheaux books without him. This book was fine but the later books are better.
I'm a big JLB fan and this book may be the best in the entire series!
I REALLY hope all of the other earlier books are put into Unabridged audio format.
Will Patton is easily one of the top ten readers in the business and does a great job as well.
I want more!!
This is an incredible writer. The images are very powerful. But they were so violent. I was simply dismayed at their darkness. I knew that there would be difficult passages; it's about the murder of a prostitute after all. But I had no idea they would be so pervasive--including multiple violent flashbacks for many of the characters.
I don't think I'm a prude, but this book had images that are way darker than those I want to put into my mind.
James Lee Burke and Will Patton created an experiential masterpiece with this book that set the standard for their subsequent collaborations. The Dave Robicheaux novels, especially those narrated by Will Patton, form a classic literary series that will be hailed as true works of art by future generations
I must have thought of listening to this book 20 times before I finally downloaded it, what a great find! This is some of the best contemporary writing I have ever come across, the story moves fast, the dialog is magnificent, the characters are amazingly developed, the way this author can describe a scene is on an entirely new level, it is spectacular. The story moves in and around New Orleans and south Louisiana and everything is real and direct and at times brutally honest. There is a multilevel story going on here with the main character having to overcome some personal demons as well as those in real human form, the world is a tense one with a solid storyline that is filled with moments of real anxiety
for the reader. This is an adult read, it is wonderful literature, and it will bring you into a world filled with some very seedy and some very wonderful people. Highly recommended.
I am exploring Scandinavian mysteries but also like mysteries set in other parts of the world. I also like reading Literary Fiction.
This is my first James Lee Burke experience and I'm delighted. The superlative reviews for the Dave Robicheaux series and for Will Patton as a performer are all true. Burke is a cut above most writers of mysteries.
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I am a newbie to audio books, but have quickly become addicted!!
Yes, well written and interwoven. Attention grabbing.
The narrator is perfectly suited to the characters and the locale. He definitely gives the book life and his voice draws you into the plot.
I plan to listen to more from the Robicheaux series.
Neon Rain ranks in the top 70% of all the audio books I've listened to (well over 200).
I would compare This James Lee Burke Novel to ones by Lee Child or John Sanford, such as the Affair by Child or Bad Blood by Sanford since the authors do such a good job of making the story come to life by their vivid descriptions of what the characters are experiencing.
The scene where Detective Robicheaux is banging bad guys around with a bag of heavy washers etc. was my favorite.
This was a book that I would have listened to in one sitting if I had the time. As it was it took me two days of listening and working outside with my spring planting.
I could almost taste the PoBoy sandwiches that the character s were eating and feel the cool breeze blowing across Dave's house boat on Lake Pontchartrain.
I'm not sure how to compare the two versions: audio vs. print, because I haven't read the print version.
Will Patton can slip into Cajun-mode, or at least deep South, quite competently.