Finished this about 5 months ago, so things a bit foggy, but here goes: Innumerable verbal confrontations with undesirables help each of our feisty gang to conclude bad people are really quite a pain, and so dispatch a few of them, but not before administering a batch of homilies and lectern poundings to ensure we know what's good, wholesome and worth fighting for, except I'm still not quite sure I got it. Love Will Patton's work - it's pretty well the only thing worth listening to here.
I have listened to all the Robicheaux novels and this won wore a little thick. The book could have been shrunk by deleting much of the over the top philosophizing. Also, one cannot help but think that it is time for Dave and Clete to get their heads shrunk.
Will Patton does his usual job, but even his performance seemed a bit too much in this book.
Many have commented on Burke / Patton combo. In audio book circles they most certainly must have made their mark.
If I'm ever in a hurry I just download the most recent Burke / Patton book and hit the road.
Don't even need to read the reviews.
All the virtues of a very good book are there. High end literature? No. But then that high end lit requires ones complete attention to enjoy.
These books are like going for a long walk in the bush with a talkative and interesting friend.
You still listen to everything your friend is saying, but it's not so taxing that you don't enjoy your walk. Or your friends jabbering for that matter.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
The bobsy twins from homocide are certainly back. Other reviewers have outlined the overall plot so I'll focus on the strengths and weaknesses of this book. As always this book has the beautiful poetic moving style of JLB's writing. I've enjoyed almost every book from this author and his latest doesn't disappoint.
The bad guys are truly scary and evil. There is one character who moves between good and evil and sane and insanity; his presence in the book is profound.
The plot kept my interest I didn't want to put it down. However I can't say I was sad when it ended either.
The character that is Clete's daughter, Gretchen, I found a bit annoying and unrealistic at times. Although as we all know, Will Patton has such amazing talent however I felt he was not really comfortable with Gretchen's character and unfortunately this was evident throughout the book.
Nonetheless overall this was a terrific mystery adventure story. I'm looking forward to Dave and Clete's next.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
James Lee Burke writes in his usual poetic literary form that paints a vivid & authentic picture in ur mind like a painter on a white canvas while Will Patton, who I believe is the ONLY voice of the series does an amazing job as always creating a distinct voice for every character. The last book 'Creole Belle' is one of my favorite books in the series although I was forced to either listen to an abridged version of books before 'Crusaders Cross' to listen for Patton narration or read the hard copy, because I refuse to listen to Mark Hammer & his monotone voice that literally puts me to sleep. I'm not from the south, & Hammer could very well have a great southern voice but its the only 1 voice he uses for every character.
What happens when a rodeo clown, his mysterious girlfriend, an escaped serial killer looking for Alafair, ex hit-girl (kinda), & a family of malicious 'old-money' Montanan-ian's walk into a bar where the Robicheaux family, Clete, & reformed daughter are spending vacation time in?? Well, u know one fact for sure... things won't turn out all copasetic. I've felt that in the last few books the relationship divide between Dave & Clete was morphing into something new, but I think in this book the duo falls back to old times. Dave continues to battle his demons while giving an internal dialogue that borders on a meta-physical/profiling examinaton of the nature of evil in each slimy character, dialogue, & events that occur (there is a great line that Dave says suggesting he needs a chaperone when examining the depths of his own mind); while Clete leaves the analytical for Dave & just wants to rock & roll; BUT instead of trying to tame the animal that lives in Clete, Dave just lets his friend live & let be because he's not the only one that 'needs to/feels obligated to' watch his friends back anymore; just like Clete can't think of only himself anymore now, he has years he feels responsible to make up for with lost family... This dynamic between friends & family is a great storyline in itself, but add to it a serial killer whose determined to pay back the favor Alafair did for him in writing during his trial & how any of these random people & encounters can somehow be a small part of an overall larger & much more sinister picture is exactly what Burke does best. No one does skin crawling evil like Burke & u won't be disappointed.
I can't say this is the best that Burke has written in the series, considering the last 3-5 books he's written were spectacular but most books that are only average for Burke would be a highlight for another author. No one matches DLB's writing style & how he can transport the reader from the swamps of Louisiana or this case the wild outdoors of Montana. Cheers Clete, & the Dr. Pepper is on me Dave because its well worth the credit...
Guitarist with The Prudes
Another great adventure, the kids are nearly as badass as the parents now. I look forward to the next installment. I hope we get back to New Orleans and more sedate cerebral mystery.
I know I should wait until I am finished listening to the book but I am 3/4 of the way through the second part and ready to just give up. Only with Will Patton narrating was I able to even get this far. This story just rambles on and on and on and most of the things the characters are doing are just simply stupid at best! The story line is absurb. Save your money.
The combination of Burke's artistry with words and Patton's mastery of narration is by far the best set of audio books I have ever listened to and would venture to say will ever listen to.
Dave Robicheaux is a man's man, and draws you into every situation he encounters. A perfect lead character. However, Cletus Pursell consistently cracks me up. His perception of virtually everything is always entertaining.
Perfection! He has completely captured the true accents, inflections and attitudes of every character. I often wonder if Patton colluded with Burke to present the most accurate portrayal of how each character was to be presented. His narration flawlessly brings you right into each scene and (I'm certain) presents each scene exactly as Burke imagined it. I'm sure I would have just skimmed over a lot of the descriptive text that sets the aura of each scene, but Patton grabs your attention and imprints every minor detail, so that you feel like you are there with them.
There is - hands down - no better combination of writer and narrator that I have ever listened to. I was stationed in Louisiana for a couple of years and visited New Orleans and other locations listed in the book, and every book presented by these two immediately brings me right back there. The most enjoyable book listening experience that exists or ever will exist.
James Lee Burke has such a way with words that transports the reader/listener away from their world and into his. It's like magic. I tell people that he could be writing about a garage roof and make it sound like a lace of wonder and beauty. Another terrific story about Dave, Clete and family. Fabulous narration by Will Patton as always.
This was the 1st of his books I ever read. I was so enthralled with it I went to the beginning and got all 19 others. this was still my favorite but why it is I'm still not sure.