Another great book by Burke. Will Patton brings the story to life. I wish it was not so violent, but then it wouldn't be Dave Robicheaux novel. Great ending!
I'm a Robicheaux/Purcell fan, so don't look to me for the most objective of reviews.
Dave seems to have left his maudlin, end-of-life worldview behind since the last couple of books, and Clete is as sparkling and ridiculous as ever. The plot contains its usual bunch of miscreants and mean rich people doing unspeakable things.
The real star of this book was Montana's Bitterroot Valley, which Burke captures in such evocative detail that it almost drives you out the door to head west. The guy is a landscape poet.
Gretchen, Alafair and Molly all have roles in this book, although I don't enjoy them. Alafair is such a hard character - but she never fought in Vietnam, she never worked for NOPD - she's just a stubborn and lippy pain in the butt. Gretchen, who's had a crappy life, is a much more sympathetic character and softer, even though she kills a few folks.
Will Patton nails the narrative - a perfect fit for Burke.
This is a typical James Lee Burke story with all of the usual cast of amusing and entertaining characters
This is a very good Dave Robichaux story with all of the expected twists and turns. The presentation is lacking. The speaker's attempts at emulating the accents of the characters and the speech patterns especially of the women in the story is poor enough to be distracting.
Exciting, compelling, enjoyable
I have missed Dave and Clete and their families. Unlike some authors, Mr. Burke seems to be able to create new stories that are as good as anything previously. He doesn't seem to slack off and coast.
I had a hard time being on time to work - if I was in the middle of a suspensful scene, of which there were many, I had to just keep listening.
Yes, but I also wanted to string it out so it wouldn't end. The characters seem so real that I always feel like I am leaving old friends when I finish one of the Dave Robicheaux books.
Excellent. Will Patton is superb as narrator. The best! AND this Burke novel is the best so far. Love all the family members involved. Scary good.
So many can't choose...
This is a tough choice, but the non main characters were completely compelling: Clete, Gretchen, Bertha, and Wyatt.
Evil gets the upper hand... almost.
Can't say enough good things about Will's narration. Just fantastic.
While I've listened to lots of James Lee Burke's novels in this series and enjoyed the educated viewpoint, well researched plots and strong characters, this one was exceptionally full of obscenities and mindless violence. It could easily be used by a psychotic person as a recipe for getting away with murder, how to clean up crime scenes, etc. While it's supposed to be frightening, this went way too far for me. I don't want those sex-based torture scenes replaying in my head like the fact-based war novels I've read. This is probably the last James Lee Burke book I will listen to.
I think this is Burke's best since Black Cherry Blues. I seldom listen to any book twice. I might just do so with this one. Burke uses such interesting language, that my mind sometimes goes off chasing a ghost of a rabbit.
I liked the development of characters. It seems there is no limit to how much this man can build into each character. The oldest players in the story take on new ambiance in each novel he writes.
Will Patton has been the voice of James Lee Burke since the demise of Mark Hammer. His flexible range of voices amazes me.
The budding romance of Wyatt Dixon was a surprise element. Dixon is a fascinating character who seems like a real living person under the artistry of Burke and Patton.
i love the dave robicheaux series. dave and cleet - or are they just one???? continue into an ever more surreal vortex of violence.
hands down the best narrated novels ever done. will patton channels james lee burke like no other narrator.
darkness, violence, fury and the shallowness of greed
if you are new to james lee burke, this is definitely not the book to start with. this series gets weirder and weirder. great but not for JLB newbies or the squeemish.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I'm a huge fan of every Dave Robicheaux novel that Burke has written. If I have one tiny quibble with this one, it's that more than a few times while listening, I thought, whew, this is getting really dark. The character of Asa Surette, as brilliantly brought to life by Will Patton, is one of the creepiest characters I've ever encountered in fiction. But overall, the book is excellent, and Patton's reading is nearly flawless -- I say "nearly," because along with another reviewer, I feel his voice for Gretchen doesn't quite work, and because Clete just doesn't sound like the Clete in my head, though I've made my peace with it. If you're a fan, don't hesitate to get this audiobook; if you're new to Burke -- start at the beginning! I totally envy you for what you have ahead of you.
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When a new James Lee Burke book comes out narrated by Will Patton, I know I'm going to like it, no question. This one was no different. In western Montana for summer vacation, trouble naturally finds Dave Robicheaux and his sidekick Clete Purcell. Throw in an especially nasty bad buy and some very colorful characters and you have the makings of a good yarn. Burke's insight into human nature, his character development and the way Patton brings it out with his narration are second to none. If you've ever thought about listening to a book and haven't, these guys would be a great way to start. It's amazing how much life a narrator can bring to a good story. Enjoy!