I didn't read the first in this series (The Surgeon), and after listening to this, I won't! It was extremely graphic, and I had trouble liking the main character... she was a steriotype of "female hero in a male world" and had no depth. I may read one more from this series to see if I'm judging too harshly, but not the first one. This book had so many references back to the first, that I don't need to read it!
This was the single most depressing piece of fiction I can remember being exposed to since sometime in the 70s. It is nothing more than pages and pages (in this case, hours and hours) of senseless beatings and anger and rage.
This was my first, and last, James Lee Burke novel. Not only were there 30-odd characters to keep track of, almost none of them had any redeeming characteristics whatsoever. That is including our "hero", who routinely beat people. He was completely 2-dimensional and unlikable.
If you've ever wanted to visis New Orleans, this novel will stop you in your tracks.
Friends have recommended these books to me for years, and I never got around to reading them. Then I saw that Barbara Rosenblat was reading, and I would listen to "The New York City Phone Book" read by Barbara!
Being picky, I had to start with the very first one (Crocodile on the Sandbank), and will now continue on through the series. I find Amelia enchanting and the descriptions of Egypt include sites, sounds, and smells, which gives me a strong sense of life there in the 1880s.
I can't recommend this book highly enough!
I've read all of the novels in the Prey series, partly because of the Minneapolis/St. Paul setting. However, this one was too gory for me. Yes, police work can be gory, but he could have spared us the details about entrails and such. Also, I enjoy the interactions between Lucas and his family members, who were off in England during this entire story.
I didn't notice any anti-gay undercurrent, as another reviewer did. In fact, I remember thinking that the police in this story seemed disinterested in the gay-ness of anyone, but were stumped because the first rape/murder victim was a woman; the second was a man.
So, I'd recommend the other John Stanford's before this one!
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