I have read all of James Lee Burke books. I have never done a review like this before. I am only 1/3 of the way through this book. It is unbelievable. This is one of those few books where I don't really care how it ends, the story is so rich, vivid and compelling it doesn't matter. Clete Purcell is back and better than ever. Will Patton shines. Do yourself a favor, stop listening to whatever you are listening to and get this book. It is a 3 part book, and although I am only 1/3 of the way through, I am going to be thoroughly depressed when it ends.
Great book, extremely well written, great reader - so what is the problem. With this book and her first book Cuckoo's Calling you get to 75% of the book and you are waiting for the ending to wrap up and it goes on a long while further. It is almost as if she brought it to the editor and they said 'too short' (by the way it is already a long book) so she added another 100 pages. She did the same thing in the earlier book. Does a nice job of explaining the details of the plot at the end so you aren't left misunderstanding. I just wish she brought it to an end earlier
I have read and loved James Lee Burke, Lee Child, John Sandford, Ken Follett, Michael Connelly and more. This is the best combination of a terrific and well thought out plot with multiple well-woven together characters - a perfect reader (a match for Will Patton if you can believe that). There wasn't one dull minute. Well researched with interesting history thrown in.
This is a long book (not in length), with a complicated plot towards the end and no empathic characters. Only a die hard Jack Reacher fan should read this book who doesn't care about the plot or storyline
Excellent as always
I cannot believe I am giving a Jack Reacher book a bad review because I love all the others. This book is very slow for a long while and there are really no characters that you really care about as the book develops. At the very end you really don't care anymore.
Another James Lee Burke and Will Patton winner. So why only 3 stars. This is not the typical good guy - bad guy book. It is a bit dark about the inner sole of a man, Hackberry Holland and his inner deamons.
I read Robert Crais's book 'Taken' which was fantastic. This book was a huge disappointment. Poor narrator. There are two main woman characters in this novel, it is 'grating' to hear him try and impersonate a southern belle. The ending is ridiculous, leaves you so unsatisfied.In short, don't waste your time.
For those of you that read the Michael Connelly and Lee Childs' books, If you like Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch you will absolutely love this book. This was my first introduction to Elvis Cole the detective (similar to Harry Bosch) and Joe Pike (similar to a combination of Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp. The story is engaging from the beginning and once you are hooked you will have a hard time putting it down. The reader does a great job with the voices of the different characters. I must warn you there are some evil bad guys in this book.
Great plot, excellent reader. Great twists and turns to the story.Virgil Flowers is the perfect good guy cop.
Don't worry, I won't give anything away in this review. How can I give the story 4 stars and the overall 2 stars. This is a great story with a great plot and twists. I was not wild about the reader Len Cariou ( I like Dick Hill better). Now I have read most of the Harry Bosch novels and Lee Child - etc. I am willing to finish a book and wonder what happened to the bad guy or did the good guy survive - wondering if there would be a followup. This book was a joke. The book ramps up towards the end exposing a new twist and plot and it ends. It is as if the author died (I hope not) or the publisher gave him 1 day to finish it. The absence of an ending made me want to rewind the end and listen again to make sure that I hadn't dozed off and missed the important points. I actually went to the book store to look at the end of the written book to see if Audible made a mistake. Anyway, I felt cheated.
This is one of his best books. Great and intricate plot - (you need to pay attention to the characters). Typical funny sarcasm. Well developed
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