When Robicheaux, a police officer based in the somewhat quieter Louisiana town of New Iberia, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.
Meanwhile, back in New Iberia, three local teenage girls are killed in a drunk driving accident. Robicheaux traces the source of the liquor to one of New Iberia's "daiquiri windows," places that sell mixed drinks through drive-by windows. When the owner of the drive-through operation is brutally murdered, Robicheaux immediately suspects the grief-crazed father of the dead teen driver. But his assumption is challenged when the murder weapon turns up belonging to someone else. Tying together these disparate threads is a maniacal killer named Max Coll, a deeply haunted hit man sent to New Orleans to finish the job of father Dolan.
©2003 James Lee Burke; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"James Lee Burke is at the top of his game." (The New York Times)
"This is an outstanding entry in an excellent series" (Publishers Weekly)
I actually liked the book itself with all its twists and turns. However, I almost stopped listening to it because of the narrator's pace and vocal mannerisms. I'll go so far as to say I will never listen to another book narrated by this man! I now feel as though I should listen to the audio clips before I choose a book, just to avoid a repeat of this experience.
As in his other book I read the characters are each interesting as they wrestle with there personal demons and choices. The various story lines are interesting and it is a very enjoyable listen. You will be sorry it is over..
I have listened to MANY books but this one was at the nadir. The story is dis-jointed and the narrator is amazing. His phoney accent is only surpassed by his gravel voice. The kind folks at Audible allow a prospective buyer to listen to an audio sample. I did not avail myself of this option and regret it.
I loved the story and couldn't stop listening even though the narrator was at times barely understandable. It often seemed like he had a speech impediment. I will never buy another title he narrates. I love James lee Burke's work, so I sincerely hope a replacement can be found.
It's another one of those "I hate the South books" in which all blacks are innocent saints tortured by all whites (except the protagonist, of course). All white women are either naive snobs or crack whores. And yet, the author says people who call Southerners racist, "have their own agenda." Duh! That's you, Burke! When someone's phone is tapped to capture a terrorist, he is told it is the, "George Bush Era." Not the "Osama Bin Laden Era", not the "9/11 Era", not the "War on Terror Era." I am furious. I have sat through 3/4 of this racist, facist crap and I can't take it anymore.
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