James Lee Burke is one of the finest writers on the American scene. And his series on Dave Robicheaux are the very best. We listened to this on a 900 mile road trip, and the story kept us alert and added to the safety of the trip. His descriptions and metaphors are a joy to hear when read by Will Patton. Hopefully, we'll hear (read) more about Dave and Clete in the future- they are my favorite fictional characters. No narrater can come close to Will Patton's delivery- simply enthralling. This must rank as the best Burke book- he just gets better with each novel!
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I really like James Lee Burke. the narration by Will Patton is big bonus and compliment to the experience. I am writing this review because I am surprised that I can handle the language and violence in most of his novels. I enjoy his writing so much it over rides what would normally be too "masculine" for my taste. I find the harshness interesting, and suppose it is realistic because I have never had any experience to compare this with. I also like the depth of the characters and their consistency from book to book. I have "read" about five of his novels and will continue because this is a cut above in terms of writing abilty, character development, and narration.
Hard to understand narrator. Poor imitation of character's southern drawl or accent. Was not able to complete listening to story, voice very annoying and hard to follow.
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel when they reach the end of a Robicheaux novel like they've lost two of their closest friends. When I can't escape the real world for New Iberia, life is just a little duller. And yes, Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux and there will never be another in my book! This particular book is close to, but not as good as, the Tin Roof Blowdown. The next installment cannot come out a moment too soon!
You absolutely know what you are going to get with the Dave and Clete show -- the bad guys lose, the good guys win (not without a lot of blood and guts), a cold hard look at the underbelly of society, and an absolutely magical, poetic picture of bayou Louisiana. You can smell, feel and even taste the sights and sounds of this mystical place with all its haunting beauty. And Will Patton, well no one else could do justice to the brooding, complex character of Dave like he can. Yes, it was slightly predictable...but hey, that's why we love him. Don't give up on Dave and Clete ...in a literary world that is becoming increasingly commercialized, and novellsts offering up cookie cutter characters and flimsy plots, Burke never fails to deliver a profoundly well-written piece of work. One point -- do agree that Alafar is by far a bore as a character...totally unbelievable....with no real depth.
James Lee Burke creates images, plot and unforgettable characters that deserve classic status. Add Patton's dramatic ability to create characters worthy of the best in audio drama and the result is spectacular. This book is psychologically deep enough to sink into, New Iberia and environs become a nuanced character ever present in a supporting role. Dave is a complex protagonist and Clete a walking embodiment of how a man can live with a devil perched constantly on one shoulder and an angel on the other. I can't imagine reading this book after the rich experience of listening. Storytelling at its absolute best!!!
It took awhile to get into this one, but then the story took off and it was pretty good. There were very elaborate descriptions of details that didn't seem completely relevant to the story in the beginning and this was distracting for the first couple of chapters.Once the meat of the plot started to develop, the story became much more compelling and I was hooked!
This was the first James Lee Burke book I have read. I am now starting to read all of the Dave books.
Dave is flawed and works with a flawed Clete, which makes them very realistic. They are both "everyday" heros and the novel was so well written and suspenseful, that I was unable to stop listening because I couldn't wait to see what happened!
At first, I thought the narrator was a little hard to understand but as the book went along, I realized his narration helped make the book.
What a great read and I am looking forward to more Dave Robicheaux novels.
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.