Purple Cane Road is the best of the Burke/ Robicheaux Series(4) that I have read so far.
The quest for the truth about his mother and addressing the harm that was done to her.
Nick Sullivan gave the narration clarity and the characters personality. I much prefer his narration as compared to the mouth full of mush narration of Will Patton as for example in Neon Rain.
Justice in the cane fields.
A modern Tom Sawyer tells about his youth in a small town on the Minnesota River. A single year when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle should have dominated his interests but instead he was preoccupied with unexplained deaths on the river. These events will define and shape his life forever as the author teaches us about "awful grace". The book has religious and spiritual overtones and a cast of colorful characters.
The book's style lends it to be read aloud. The narration was outstanding.
I was a young man growing up in Minnesota in the same time period and the book brought back memories of my own youth. I have read all Mr Krueger's "Cork" novels which I enjoy but I especially like this new effort.
Great story idea. Started well and then completely fizzled. Publisher should have suggested improvements. Female narrator was grating. Patton gave good performance.
Abuse of Power.
The rancher trying to assert his private property rights against an abusive federal government agent. The Governor of Wyoming in the story found out how coercive the federal government could be. This is eerily similar to present day IRS agents who used their positions to assist groups they agreed with politically and harm groups that they did not agree with.
The incident where Joe and his boss stop at a home to discuss a routine wildlife issue and accidentally discover a meth lab. This scene reminds us of the risks law enforcement agents can be exposed to in the course of a routine day and why they need to be ever vigilant. I also especially enjoyed the escape from the fire through the canyon and riding the rapids down the river.
Wyoming is still a frontier, beautiful and free and settled by a hardy independent people.
Wyoming must have plenty of crime since Walt Longmire and Joe Pickett are always so busy. George Guidall and David Chandler are both exceptional with their narration and this definitely adds to the excitement in the stories in both series. I love them both. Keep them coming.
The kidnapping of a suspect with a subsequent coerced confession has to be totally revised. This part of the story is the core of the entire book and surely does not do justice to Harry Bosch. Almost as incredible is causing a pilot to crash a helicopter by firing a few shots in the air.Michael Connelly must have gotten lazy on this one. He must have been under pressure to get another book out quickly.The author who has provided such great entertainment in the past needs to be given a mulligan for this lapse. His fans will want him to try again.
I have read all of Michael Connelly's novels and this is by far the most disappointing. This is the first Bosch novel that I have listened to but I think the poor quality of the story is much more significant than the narration which I consider satisfactory. I love the Bosch novels and would love to read/listen to another if the author can come up with some new ideas. It appears to me that Harry's daughter is being groomed to take over when Bosch and Mickey Haller move on.
As long as there are murder mysteries hopefully Connelly will continue to walk the beat.
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