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The Neon Rain Audiobook

The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series.

In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

More mayhem? Listen to more of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.

©1987 James Lee Burke; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"With its fine local color and driving action, this novel is both chilling and first-rate entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of Burke's best." (New York Times Book Review)

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    tractrox 11-22-11
    tractrox 11-22-11
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    "Frankly, a bit dreary"

    While the prose can be beautifully lyrical at times, there are quite a few 'cut and paste' moments where you feel that you've heard this just a few chapters before. Granted there is quite a bit of violence, but this isn't as disconcerting as the missing pieces of plot. Often, the reader feels as though they've missed something. The narrator does a good job with the Southern accents and is very consistent with the character voices. I've heard excellent things about the rest of the series and if not absolutely necessary, I likely wouldn't read this novel before starting the rest.

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    Lucretia A. Barker 11-22-11

    Kriskros

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    "Hard understand and follow"
    Has The Neon Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is second Dave Robicheau Novel I have tried and I have not liked either one. Normally I like this genre but apparently not James Lee Burke.


    What didn???t you like about Will Patton???s performance?

    Mr. Patton's Cajun accent slurs to the point of incomprehension his


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    Tracy 11-09-11
    Tracy 11-09-11
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    "New to Burke"

    I've never listened/read any Burke novels before but after listening to this one, I will seek out others.

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    M. 11-09-11
    M. 11-09-11
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    "Solid story, excellent narrator"

    The story is somewhat fanciful at times, but it certainly keeps the listener on their toes! The fast quips of police/detective talk are occasionally hard to follow as a layperson. Love Will Patton, though, he does the story justice

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    M. Escondido, CA, United States 11-08-11
    M. Escondido, CA, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome voice for a moving story"

    The narrator's voice brings depth and movement to a story that lies in the shadows of the mossy covered trees of the deep south. Hot and sticky like an August night.

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    Annie 10-30-11
    Annie 10-30-11 Member Since 2014

    Rather adorable.

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    "I just can't take another Vietnam flash back!"

    I bought this book on a $5 sale because this author and narrator combo receive such high praises.
    I have 3 hours left and can't find anything I care enough about in this story to finish it. I did not enjoy the narrartor- And don't get me started on the tedious flash backs that go on and on and on and on.
    After I get the bad taste of this book out of my mouth maybe I will give one of this authors more recent books another try... But it will probably take a while for the taste to go away.

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    Teach 10-27-11
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    "Not quite as good as other Dave Robicheaux Novels"

    I have really enjoyed other Dave Robicheaux novels, but this one was a bit too scattered. The plot was unrealistic - cops that off the reservation wouldn't keep their jobs or be given one back. Dissappointed.

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    Kristie C. West Warwick, RI, United States 10-18-11
    Kristie C. West Warwick, RI, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Po'boy sandwich"

    First I loved Will Patton, the voices he used for all the characters were brilliant. The story moved along well and not at one time did I wish it were over or go faster. On the other hand, I don't need to know what exactly he is eating. I did want a Lime Cherry coke when I was done though.

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    Ava Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-07-11
    Ava Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Richly done"

    I have always enjoyed reading James Lee Burke's novels, this is the first of his that I have listened to and it increases the appreciation I have for audio books. This story paints a picture over and over with with each line, rich in color, design, and emotion. The narration is well done with the characters unique in voice, timbre, and inflection. I would find myself slowing down on my drive home from work to continue listening to narrator weaving his story like a blanket filled with texture, dark threads, and heat. You are there in New Orleans, the dark wet humid heat and cool relief of the rain. The colors and vibrations of this story are vivid and alive. Not a book for a sunny day on the beach, carve out time when you can truly enjoy Mr. Burke's story and Mr. Patton's telling of it.

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    Bren Conyers, GA, United States 10-06-11
    Bren Conyers, GA, United States 10-06-11
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    "Neon Rain"

    Neon Rain has the typical Burke characterizations - ordinary people struggling with life issues and trying to do the right thing and characters who have been disadvantged by life circumstances who choose to do the wrong thing. It is his human characterizations trying to triumph over evil who make Burke one of my favorite writers.

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