It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun. Robicheaux could still hear that contemptible laughter, replacing the horrors from 'Nam he relived every night, echoing in the still of his darkened bedroom.
When Boggs is spotted in New Orleans, Robicheaux follows, joining a DEA sting operation in the Quarter. Poised for revenge, he prepares to face his fears and silence the laughter once and for all. But, in the murky water of the Pearl River, Robicheaux finds that some things are more important than sweet, simple revenge.
More mayhem? Listen to another of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.
©1990 James Lee Burke; (P)1993 Recorded Books
"A highly spiced gumbo of vice, violence, voodoo." (Observer)
When dealing with a series there seems to be a point in which the author seems to be phoning it in and the series just degrades. I see no evidence of this happening yet in the James Lee Burke series, the writing is still beautiful, the action exciting and the description of the people and places of South Louisiana good enough to make you feel like you just paid a visit to the place. I am excited to start my next installment in the series and my hope is that it is just as good as this one was.
Great plot--just couldn't stand listening to Mark Hammer--especially since Will Patton does such a wonderful performance on books by the same writer. I actually fell asleep and remember dreaming about how terrible and boring the speaker made this book. I couldn't bear to listen to him any longer.
Couldn't bear listening to the speaker's boring voice drone on and on.
Will any purchase future Audiobooks in this series performbed by Will Patton.
Any James Lee Burke fan will be pleased, and any new listener will be spoiled for any other narrator. Mark Hammer's voice is rich and full of character and soul-he makes you feel the heart break. The writing is so descriptive, you can see the character's faces, smell the air around them, feel their fear, or humor, or anger. Wonderful.
One day I awoke and finally came to the realization that MARK HAMMER should just pull the hammer back and squeeze the trigger!!!
I know, I know, I know it's just a joke people calm yourself but really why is this man allowed to narrate books. Can someone please tell me why?? James Lee Burke is an excellent author but if someone doesn't stop the HAMMER audible will have to close their doors.
It would be much better if it can be downloaded!
I can't say because I couldn't download it!
See earlier comments.
Anger! Because I can't download it.
I want my money back!
Characters: the characters are what keeps the plot moving in this book. I find with this series and John Sandford's "Prey" books, it's the character/s that keep me coming back, even if the storyline is lacking. Moody: Dave has emotional baggage and it plays out in his decisions. Louisiana: great backdrop.
No, not on the edge of my seat, but found it interesting and entertaining.
I have liked Mark Hammer's performance in other books. I guess this performance was a little flat and I prefer Will Patton narrating this series.
No, this book is not a page turner.
Love the Dave Robicheaux series overall.
The story is pure James Lee Burke, which is to say a gutsy, well written story with a tempo that keeps you interested till the end.
The narrator, Mark Hammer, however, is a complete foreigner to the geographical and cultural base of the story. His pronunciations of names from this region and overall performance, sometimes jar a reader familiar with S. Louisiana loose from the story.
The story itself does draw you back. If you know nothing of this area and culture, you will not notice the shortcomings of the narrator.
Yes I would change the reader
Yes as long as the reader is Will Patton.
I couldn't make through 5 minutes with this reader.
I'm sure the book is great but I will to read it myself.
I would listen to this book again because I love this series. Dave Robicheaux is such a likeable character that I almost think of him as real.
Dave's best friend Cleet is great. He is funny and helps move the story along in a way only cleet could do.
In the very beginning when Dave got shot was so interesting I found myself driving home the long way just so I could listen longer.
No it took me a couple of days to listen to this book. Not for lack of trying though.
Good book, great series
a more believable story, less gratuitous bloodshed
not kill so many characters
all the Clete (sp?) Purcell scenes are good
Yes, Dave R is both admirable and credible, in all Burke's novels, also Mike Hammer's narration is a perfect fit
Despite my reservations about all the bloodshed, the book is a gripping read.
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