I've read every Dave Robicheaux novel. They're all entertaining and complex, but this is probably the most artistically crafted of the lot.
Will Patton makes you believe you are listening to an ensemble cast. If ever an author and narrator were made for each other it's Burke and Patton.
I've listened to almost 50 books on tape, but I can't think of another book I've enjoyed more than Tin Roof Blowdown. It plays on all your senses, from revenge to compassion, and the plot never lets up. There have been lots of other reviews written about this book. My advise is simple: READ IT!
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
I love J.L Burke's novels as he is one of the most talented fiction writers out there. The narrator is also excellent making the author/narrator pair one of the best on Audible. This installment of the Robicheaux series was not as enjoyable to listen to as Burke's main purpose was to decribe what happened to New Orleans during and after Katrina. This was excellent in itself but maybe he should have written a non-fiction book for that purpose. As a result, the storyline and character development seemed to slack off a bit from the previous novels. Last but not least, the ending was a complete fizzle, as if Burke had run of those horrid Katrina decriptions and just decided to end it. I have to admit I do feel much more informed and sympathetic for the people of New Orleans but didn't particularly enjoy the process of it learning about it in a "fiction" novel.
This was my first connection with both the author and the narrater. The picture was always clear, the environment almost touchable. With the skill of Will Patton I stepped into Dave's shoes.The discrptive writing let me "see" the tangle of intrigue and watch while it clarified. To start this "listen" is a daring adventure that will grab you and hold you until the epilog.
This was my first James Lee Burke novel and my first listen to a Will Patton narration.
I love both!
The characters, story lines and narration were so good, I can't wait to listen to another JLB offering read by Patton, and have already purchased and downloaded!
One of my favorites since joining Audible!
I love Dave. In this book you can feel his pain from Katrina and the lack of support from the outside world. The mystery is well done and keeps us in suspence until the end. I learned more about Katrina without the book begoming GRIM.
This book spends entirely too much time glorifying New Orleans and blaming all its problems on the President, the Federal Goverment, etc. Story telling is good if you didn't have to listen to all the political diatribes.