I am really hooked on the Dave Robicheaux novels after listening to just one! James Lee Burke really captures the psychology of the different characters so that you understand what drives them, and he writes a very well paced thriller. You come to know and identify with Dave and Clete - the bobsy twins from homicide! And Will Patton reads the parts so well that the book comes alive! If you have not read any of the Dave Robicheax books, you should give this a try - you will become a fan!
I listened to this a few months ago, but wasn't impressed. Loved the previous works that I've heard, especially Will Patton's narration, but there was a drastic change in the voices in this recording, particularly with Gretchen and Clete. I wasn't too captivated with the storyline either. Like others have mentioned, I think Burke's description and cadence are impeccable, but he could've trimmed the fat on this one. When it was all over, it seemed like nothing really happened for the amount of time invested. I also see the formulaic pattern that others are complaining about, but what do you expect? I often chide others who watch Law & Order, Criminal Minds, for the same reason, but we all know there's nothing new under the sun, only different ways of presenting it. I think Burke does a good job in handling the detective plot line, however, reviewer Mike (10/24/13) nailed it on the head; it would be nice to see him shake things up a little.
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.