This is my second book I've listened to by James Lee Burke. I found this book to be so violent for no real reason. It didn't do anything to support the story or make it more interesting. I almost gave up a couple of times, but stuck it out to give it a fair chance. as a result, this will be the last book of Mr. Burke's that I will purchase.
Just from this author
It was sometimes difficult to follow the characters
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
A basic and fairly good detective novel. This is the first in the series, and it was recommended to me. I liked the New Orleans and Cajun background, and it was pretty easy to read. I wondered about a few parts of the plot, like why Annie would fall for this guy (the hero) under the circumstances, and about his ex partner's role in the book. I would read another book about Dave Robicheaux at some point. It wasn't earth shattering, but it was entertaining. Several other reviews compliment Burke's use of sensory detail. I didn't particularly agree that he used it that skillfully. In fact, I thought that part was a little formulaic, and I kept trying to see if I was noticing the formula correctly: throw in some details about nature at the beginning of a scene to try and get the reader to feel a soft, romantic feeling about New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Then proceed with the killing (well, I suppose I should just say "proceed with the plot.")
I thought I would give this book and author a try based on the reviews. To be honest, I'm a bit tired of the detective genre and find that it over saturates the fiction market.
The book is well written and exceptionally delivered by Wil Patton but I could not get past the over-indulgent use of violence and the portrayal of one dimensional female character(s?). I found the overall flavor to be macho, a male revenge fantasy that left me feeling uncomfortable for no really good reason. If the violence and revenge had more of a point to the plot, and wasn't so ridiculous (I mean how could anyone, let alone a cop plausibly get away with all of the intimidation, murder, assault in the span of one book?) I wouldn't think twice about it. I was really looking forward to start another well reviewed series but I think I'll pass on this one, not sure if I want to spend another 10 or so hours feeling distressed about the state of male power dynamics.
are you going to give Mike Hammer some more work pretty soon?
In complementing James Lee I'll resist comparisons and characterizations of his writing.I will simply say that in this day and age and place where I sell you my money's worth, James Lee Burke's books are a worthy exception. I enjoy them, I benefit from them and I look forward to the next one. The only thing I would change is to have more opportunity to combine Burke and Hammer... It's just flat works!
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.
There's something special about the mix of Dave Robicheaux, Will Patton, and the places and people of south Louisiana. Burke's take on the internal as well as the external life of his characters draws one right in, and makes me want more.
There's a lot of description of the environment and the times, although to me it seemed a little like name dropping to name the exact restaurant or item on the menu, or to detail the ingredients in a po'boy sandwich. As if that would somehow make it more "real", when all it did for me was upset the flow and feeling. More of a cliche of Southern Noir - although I know Burke has many fans.
As for the detective story itself? Meh. Nothing too terribly interesting or exciting, though not terribly boring or obvious either. The narration, though, was very good, and I could picture Robicheaux nicely from Patton's performance.
Find an adventure...every day!
For the brilliant Will Patton, YES. For the alcoholic, out-of-control, violent cop character, NO.Why do these wonderful writers think alcoholics are so interesting. They are NOT.
The descriptive prose is lovely, lyrical, elegant. About the time I think Dave is going to get it together he does another truly stupid thing given his experience. I mean really...someone is out to kill you and you are too tired to check your door before you walk in...not believable.
Will Patton can do no wrong as a narrator. I often chose books based on his narration.
It is obviously written for a follow-up so the question is moot. I love police procedurals, but come on...are all the cops alcoholic nightmares?
Will Patton Reigns!!!!
Love listening to audio books, as well as reading books on my kindle. Mostly Mysteries and Thrillers, but do like the occasional chick-lit.
No. Didn't understand most of the slang he used. Over describing of everything. I started selectively hearing what pertained to the story and block out the tried for poetic description.
Just finished the last book in this series and really enjoyed it. So I thought is go back and start from the beginning. I finished the book, but couldn't really even tell you what happened, it just didn't hold my attention.