The mystery of the book is good. I loved the crazy cowboy. Burke's use of cliches & supposed colloquialisms were boring. "What's haps?" Really? People don't talk like that in real life. I have met people from all walks of life and many vets. I have not heard anyone talk like Clete. Although that may be the point, it is tiresome. His daughter is a cliche in her behavior & past.
No More I have read all of the other books by James Lee Burke. This one repeated descriptions of the scenery, emotions, & inner thoughts ad nauseum. I do not remember that other books did this to this extreme. It felt as if he were trying to fill pages
Always very good and the redeeming grace in this book in particular.
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.
Not really. If it was on the page I'd have quit. Will Patton made it barely finishable.
This would have been merely tedious if it was half as long. It was interminable. This is just tired. I have done the whole series. I kind of thought Dave and Clete might be dead at the end of the last book. I kind of wish they had been. I hate saying this. I have never said or thought it about a series this long before...but again...if you appreciate how good Will Patton is this may be better than nothing at all.
This was as good as any of them. It is as good as Ferrone doing Sandford or Guidall doing Craig Johnson.
I am inspired to give up James Lee Burke.
If, by chance, this is your first time with the series you might like this.
" 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...
More words than necessary. Two most incompetent detectives I have ever read about.
Story was to incredible to believe. Worst 20+ hours I have spent listening in 10 years of listening.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
Many have observed the synergy between James lee Burke and Will Patton. Their artistic talents stand well enough on their own, but when put together they deliver on a scale equivalent with Sean Connery and Ian Fleming. Remarkable.
For audible mystery/ thriller addicts, any of the Robiceaux series are a no brainer. So any critique I have has to be taken with the understanding that this book is well worth it's price.
I've stated before that I'd feel safer in the Louisana of True Blood than that of Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell. This one is set in The Bitteroot Valley of Montana, but the results are the same. Our heroes are magnets of violence, cruelty and evil. Their lives are a constant contradiction, hating bad language and marital infidelity while shrugging off cruel violence. They grew up poor and with mean, ignorant parents, but quote Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Tennyson and various poets in the midst of unimaginable chaos.
When I read other great crime authors like Connelly, Slaughter, Nesbo and the like, I always marvel at the realism in each of their works. Robicheaux, Purcell and company are truly larger than life characters and their adventures are likewise. Nevertheless Burke's prose and style are matchless in this genre. So in a very real sense, for me anyway, all of the Robicheaux series is more like a Western fantasy world.
I suspect Burke wrote himself into one of the key supporting roles in this one. Dave, Clete and their daughters and Dave's wife Molly are vacationing at the home of a famous crime ) novelist (a New Orleans' native) in the Bitteroot Valley of Montana.
I've always liked Will Patton's interpretation of men's voices, especially Clete's. His reading has made some less-interesting books tolerable.
Tthe Bone Season
Will Patton can do a passable version of Alafair, but absolutely flunks doing the voice of Gretchen. Please hire a woman to help him out.
Sorry, I couldn't finish.
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.