Mr. Burke shows us how simple it is to write a perfectly crafted story. Just open a blank page and add your entire life of carefully considered observations, redux. No classroom lecture, no book ABOUT writing could say more than what he shows here. I am 62, confined to much rest from recent back surgery. Creole Belle has saved me -- I played it half-speed to stretch my awes and pleasures. Then, 2 hours before the end I stopped. And started over, to further tease out the end. Like leaving a Snickers bar under my pillow before leaving for work in the morning. Mr. Burke shows us how we can use all our notes. Thank you, Jim. This is your finest, and your writing has changed my life. "We are surprised and delighted when we discover a natural style of writing, for we expected an author, and found a man." Blaise Pascal (1621-1662).
As for the story, it is now undisputably clear that David Robicheaux is a thoughtful narrator in the flickering lights of sunset. Clete Purcel is the protagonist who holds my heart in the palm of his soft if calloused fist. Has been all along.
I agree this would be a good time to "retire" Dave. Alifair (Robicheaux) could follow Gretchin's call to write her novel under the influence of Hollywood suburbs, then Dave could exit, leaving single parents Clete and Molly to ultimately follow and a new narrative by Alifair (Burke), femme voice, could pick up a whole new series.
Congratulations to all contributers. And thank you, Will, for another character&story-loving delivery. Thank you, everyone!
The character of Alifair has matured into the increasingly annoying alter-ego of Dave Robicheaux. She remains the one-dimensional voice of righteousness and control in this novel.Her "voice," has no hint of femininity, yet I cannot imagine how a different reader would make her seem young or more womanly. It's the writitng, not the reader. I would have preferred Alifair to be less prominent, although, given the plot-line, having Dave's daughter involved is hardly optional.The level and nature of the violence in this novel are beyond both the believable (given the timespan of the novel), and the acceptable.
No. I would love to get friends reading this series, but would not have them begin with this one. It is not representative of the series, or the author.
We get more intimate contact with Dave's inner life in the book, and Patton does a great job.
I don't think so, really, although I hate to say it.
I heartily recommend this audiobook, great story, wonderful writer who has a way with words but most especially, because Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux!
All of the characters are memorable, I love Dave and Clete they are the Bobbsey Twins of Homicide!
Every word read by Will Patton is terrific, I have listened to many of his performances and he never ceases to make me hang on every word. His Dave Robicheaux would spoil me for any other performer, not one of them could come close to him.
Among my favorite authors
The interplay between Robicheaux and Purcell
Will Patton just sounds like New Orleans. I never tire of hearing him read, and he reads Burke better than anyone. His reading adds texture to the story.
Pretty graphic (violence) at times.
I love all of Burke's Dave Robicheaux Novels I have either read of listen to all of them.
Yes, he is always full of surprises and twist that you never expect
He is the best I can't imigine anyone elses reading a Burke book he make the charters come alive
Always look forward to Burke's book he's great! I am about to start on His daughter's books hope she is as good as her dad.
I loved all James Lee Burke previous books but I found this extremely difficult to listen too. I found it very difficult to follow burke seemed to think adding more plot twists was a good thing. Where actually it just started to become absurd. Generally I can get through an audio book in a week, I was so unimpressed and unexcited to listen to it took a month. I can't believe most people gave this a good review?
James Burke writes using wonderful descriptions, adjectives and a complete and vast expanse of vocabulary.
One of the best of the series from James Lee Burke. Will Patton only gets better in the way He weaves the words and gives forth the Vibrant description of the story He's telling. I only wish I could have been in Big Easy country while enjoying this tale.
Excellent read,very exciting.
Love the characters who all fight their own demons.
Love the New Orleans accent.
I couldn't get away from this book. I kept going to work out so I could listen.
Another good Dave Robicheaux story....the star of this one though has to be Dave's pal Clete. His one-liners are laugh out loud funny, all within such a serious storyline. Kudos to Will Patton. Can't imagine anyone else voicing these two characters....