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A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel | [James Lee Burke]

A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.
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Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh: the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget.

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

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"A highly spiced gumbo of vice, violence, voodoo." (Observer)

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    Mike 07-10-12
    Mike 07-10-12
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    "A Bad Burke? Yes, it's true..."

    James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and Dave Robicheaux one of my favorite characters, but this novel didn't live up to Burke's ability to tell a believable story. The plot was weak and didn't really fit with Robicheaux's character in other stories. Even Burke's descriptive abilities seem to have left him in this story, when he throws in a phrase now and again about birds singing or some such drivel. Basically Bad Burke.

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    Cleo Plainwell, MI, USA 04-21-12
    Cleo Plainwell, MI, USA 04-21-12
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    "I've fallen in love again"

    James Lee Burke infuses his scenes and character with such detail and color....I can almost taste, smell and feel all that he describes. His heroes are truly human...good men, but troubled, tortured and imperfect as are all of us. Nothing comes easily for them....and they are often torn and undecided. Hey, I can relate. Love these books, love the series.

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 02-27-12
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    Bought this book on sale last year because I love how James Lee Burke always makes the characters in his stories believable. The narration was not the best... but I got used to it. So, if you are able to get this book on sale... and you are already a fan of JLB, this will be a great choice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed San Antonio, TX, United States 08-10-11
    Ed San Antonio, TX, United States 08-10-11
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    "Nice writing, great narration"

    I'm a fan of JLB novels and this one stands out as more complex, less predictable. At the end of the first reel, the story had gotten us through a climax, but certainly the story was far from finished. As another reviewer noted, the characters are somewhat more believeable and the protagonist actually develops an ambivalent relationship with the "baddie," finding redeeming qualities and commonalities with him. Mark Hammer did a stand-up job narrating the characters, mood and pacing. You can tell he enjoyed this story.

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    Tina Leoni Costa Elk Grove, CA, US 05-17-11
    Tina Leoni Costa Elk Grove, CA, US 05-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Makes me want to go to New Orleans"

    I have listened to a couple of these Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels and I really enjoyed this one. The story is interesting and I kept wanting to know what happens. I like how many of the characters and not "good" or "bad" but are conflicted and have both good and quailites about them. I love how the author paints a vivid picture of the area, the landscape, the food, and the culture of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Makes me want to visit!

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    Cathy Summerfield, FL, United States 04-06-11
    Cathy Summerfield, FL, United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Tedious"

    Not an awful book, but the narrator's voice is tedious - enough to put you to sleep.

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    Eric Sarasota, FL, United States 02-06-09
    Eric Sarasota, FL, United States 02-06-09 Member Since 2014
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    "5 Stars for Burke & Hammer"

    A feast with all the fixin's! There's much to like about this book and its presentation. One thing I must single out though: why I read reviews, other than my own, is a mystery; at tiimes when I do I feel like one of those folks back in the teens that would pack a picnic and take the carriage out on Sundays to watch the inmates at the local asylum. Anyway, in some of these things I've read knocks on Mr. Hammer in response to which I must say: you flat don't get it! This is the real deal. If anything, Mr. Burke ought to build an extra room on his house...he's an asset, no doubt about it! He's got it down, cher!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 06-09-11
    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.

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    "Are you kidding?"

    I'm only giving this a two because of the terrific writng about New Orleans. The rest was utterly unbelievable. Give me a tough cop anytime, but this one gets the hell beat out of him regularly and then runs 4 miles. More like a cartoon than a developed character. A seemingly sane women falls in love with him after she is almost raped because of him on their first date. Save your money and your time.

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    Joe Baltimore, MD United States 06-11-14
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    "Can't download audiobook!"
    What would have made A Morning for Flamingoes better?

    It would be much better if it can be downloaded!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't say because I couldn't download it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See earlier comments.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger! Because I can't download it.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back!

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    Ray 04-29-12
    Ray 04-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator..."
    Where does A Morning for Flamingoes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the highest rating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    By this same author.He does accents very well,making it easy to get into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character's loyalty to each other,the dialogue and the narrator's performance are a winning combination for this series.

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