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"Burke demonstrates impressive range, sensitivity and polish in these smaller-scale gems." (Publisher's Weekly)
"Whether the lead characters are abused children or prostitutes trying to escape the life, Burke always makes us see both the near certainty of tragedy to come and the smoldering embers of possibility in the ashes of blighted lives." (Booklist)
If ever there was a JLB work that was made for Mark Hammer's narration, this was it!
As far as JLB fans, most I see/hear prefer Will Patton to Mark Hammer, but this collection was absolutely MADE for Hammer. I can't believe they missed the boat on this one!!
However, the reader was good and did not detract from the stories.
I prefer JLB novels to the short stories. The short stories just didn't have the punch I was expecting.
Overall, the collection was a nice change of pace and I recommend!
At times the switch between stories was very abrupt
not at all I love JLB However this particular book felt like a lot of rehash from other books. Having said that I have not read his non NOLA series and am now more interested in those
Ron McLarty is perfect and definitely the voice of Dave Robicheaux
I felt somewhat disappointed when I discover several stories with strong links and at times identical to other written work. While the back stories went further than what was told in the novel it did not really contribute to my enjoyment of the novels
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