This is another Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell story. There is none of the technical modern forensics that are usually used in connection of the murder of 8 your women in Jefferson Parish. Instead, Robicheaux and Purcell violate almost every law and procedure to pursue a suspect who they very loosely tie to one of the victims. They do this in the absence of any real evidence or motive. But as they beat the grass, the snakes appear...
Of course, Robicheaux does much of his investigation on his own time. Burke does set the environment well and you can feel yourself floating in boat silently through the bayou. However, book is relatively 'formula' with a secretly corrupt southern patriarch living in a once magnificent but now upkepy mansion; his good for nothing son that associates with people of the worst kind; a socialite closet dominatrix and an alcholic, overweight, uncouth private detective. The ending is uninspired as the villains resort to uninspired violence rather than simply leave town...the writing is good and Burke fans will undoubtedly love it.
I'm a Robicheaux/Purcell addict, and thoroughly enjoyed this entry. I let out a sigh when the story ended, felt empty and full at the same time. I listen mostly when I walk my dog after work, and many summer evenings were stifling. It would have been easy to bail and enjoy the A/C with my feet up,but there was no way I was going to miss my date James Lee Burke.
Driving along the interstate while listening to the last few hours of "The Glass Rainbow," I never saw my exit. This book is one of the best combinations of writing and sound I've purchased from audible.com.
James Lee Burke's writing is phenomenal, a combination of gripping action and psychological introspection. Burke's language has the brilliance of the lightning in the stormy Louisiana nights and the smell of the bayou. The plot is complex, unpredictable and compelling. His character—protagonists and antagonists alike—are rich, tragically flawed, and believably human. It's my first of the Robicheaux series, but it won't be the last.
Will Patton's reading of the book was masterful. Many books are ruined with the wrong narrator. With Patton's unerring feel for language and the culture of southern Louisiana, I could feel the humidity from the Gulf of Mexico pour into my car even with the air conditioning on full blast.
No wonder I missed my exit.
I think I agree with other reviewers in that I really don't like the character of Alafair in this book. Her role was distracting or maybe just not very well written. Aside from that, it's Burke's usual fight for the underdog with his wonderful, lyrical prose and commentary about human nature and human struggles.
Even if the mystery were not riveting, which it is, Burke's skills of engaging the listener in and environment sent me to research more about the setting. I thought I knew what a Bayou was but I really do and have a much better sense of Louisiana geography in general.
The characters are well developed, the narrator brought them to life. Thoroughly enjoyable. I am off to visit Dave and Clete again soon.
This book is killer excellent! I have read and loved all of the James Lee Burke novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, and really didn't think it could get any better. But...this book is fabulous! Burke's poetic, flowing, writing style pulls the reader into the world of southern Louisiana, in a story that is absolutely riveting. No one can turn a phrase like James Lee Burke because he makes all the characters - bad guys and good - three dimensional and alive. The rain becomes a character in a James Lee Burke novel! Each character can be visualized; their flaws and foibles apparent and real. Dave has been the tarnished hero in all Burke novels, but here, he shines, and his humanity is unquestionable. Loved this book, and yes, it may very well be the best Dave Robicheaux to date, but I hope that it is not the last!
I have truly enjoyed all the Dave Robicheuaux books, but really, how many times do we need to see Clete give some guy a swirly or pistol whip someone? The violence is getting old, sorry. One reviewer mentioned these guys are getting up there in years - is that how life is in the Big Sleazy really? if so count me out, its not glamorous or even interesting anymore.
I do love the narration by Will Patton, and I love how Mr. Burke has written in Alafair's education at Reed College (I visited there with my daughter and got to see Alafair Burke's real thesis project) - that was cool.
But I will hesitate to buy the next novel, its getting old Mr. Burke.
I couldn't stop listening to this fantastic audiobook. Mr. Burke's prose is beautiful and Will Patton's narration is perfect. The author treats the listener as an intelligent companion: the sights, sounds and smells of Lousiana are cracklingly alive and Dave Robicheaux is wise, dark, honest and decent. The story is multi-faceted and compelling. I'm thrilled to have found such a fabulous series and highly recommend this audiobook.
Will Patton you rule! Mr. Burke please,
"keepem' comin' "! I noticed one person's review complained that Mr. Patton doesn't sound like the real Louisiana. Well, I've been there and frankly if Mr. Patton read the book to us in the "real Louisiana" most of us wouldn't understand it! Thanks to him for realizing this and making the adjustment. I'm a Vietnam Combat wife, it always galls me the way I take a backseat to my husband's combat/veteran's friends. James Lee Burke always finds a way to make me understand this flaw in my marriage, thanks Mon!
The protaganist's penchant for soliloquy and for using four syllable words whenever possible gets old really fast. If you love Hemingway's spare style, you won't like James Lee Burke. The plot is interesting but I got really tired of our hero's philosophizing ad nauseum.