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  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Not as strong as "Tin Roof Blowdown""
    Overall

    I was hypnotized by Will Patton's reading of Tin Roof Blowdown and hoped for more of the same from this book. In the end, the story lacked the atmospheric benefit of New Orleans or New Iberia by being situated in Montana. Patton does another great job voicing all the characters especially Clete Purcell. As far as Purcell is concerned, though, Burke makes an outsized effort to present him as a larger than life character which makes him more cartoonish than real. Several of the other characters seem like cut-outs rather than flesh and blood. As for Dave Robichaux, we probably don't get enough insight into his character as we did in Tin Roof, but he remains an interestingly complex individual. All in all, I was happy to spend the full length of time to get to the end of this book and was reasonably surprised by the way it ended. Not Burke's best effort, but fans will be pleased and will want more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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