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The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel | [James Lee Burke]

The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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.
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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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    Melanie Magamoll 10-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "The Neon Rain"

    I have listened to or read just about ALL of James Lee Burke's books. They are just WONDERFUL as are the movies.

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    John tallevast, FL, United States 03-05-11
    John tallevast, FL, United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "Fair at best"

    First Burke book. Not impressed. The guy survives a million unsurvivable situations. He has a hypocrytical moral dilema with his partner.. Three is being generous, but I have heard worse. Sorry

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Revel Marlow USA 03-11-13
    Revel Marlow USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "VERY FOUL LANGUAGE"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although the publisher's summary sounded good, I did not even get to listen to the book because of the language.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Hillsboro, OR, United States 03-08-12
    Jennifer Hillsboro, OR, United States 03-08-12
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    "Would Pass on This One"
    What would have made The Neon Rain better?

    I love audio books, but this was one I just could not get into. I tried it on two different times and finally listened to the whole thing on the third attempt, just because I didn't have anything else to plug in.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was bland, at times I wasn't sure which character was speaking.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This may be a better read than a listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't waste my time on this one.

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    Wesley 10-07-11
    Wesley 10-07-11
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    "Robichoaux has changed!"

    I haved listened to all of the previous Robichoaux novels and rated them four or five stars. This one has gone of the deep end with the vulgar language. In the previous novels it suppored the story and characters. In "the Neon Rain" it all gets lost in excess vulgarity.

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    Kate+Mitchell Powell 08-05-11

    I listen to audio books while working.

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    "couldn't grab us"

    I wanted to like the book; the character seemed to be interesting. But it was one decrepit scene after another and he didn't grab us with the plot to make me want to go further. Finally we turned it off after an hour because it was violent and seedy and hadn't told us what the problem was that we would want to follow it through the muck.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn United States 06-18-11
    Robyn United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2015

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    "I'm from south Louisiana"

    It really bugs me that the narrator can't pronounce "Deshotel" like it is commonly said in that area. And other stuff. The accent is overly heavy and over the top - not necessary for authenticity, although accents can be thick around here. Honestly, we don't all wrestle alligators and have webbed feet.

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    diane 04-08-11
    diane 04-08-11
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    "not even a great narrator could save this mess"

    I think the author took every hard boiled detective cliche he could find, threw them in a hat and randomly picked them out and used them as the basis for this book. The dialogue is among the worst I have ever listen to. Filled with ridiculous phrases that sounds as if they are pulled from a 40's detective movie. Characters discuss how many men they snuffed-interspersed with much cliched phrases about Vietnam and the war. Just horribly written.

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    rain west valley city, UT, United States 03-04-11
    rain west valley city, UT, United States 03-04-11
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    "Gitty and well written, very well read."

    I may not have finished listening to this if it hadn't been for the reader Will Patton. The story is blood and guts and very icky, not my usual pick. But the reader was awesome, even the girl voices were done well. So if you're looking for light hearted mystery, this isn't it. But if you like viseral tales about human garbage and bad breath this is for you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 07-15-10
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 07-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Detailed descriptions"

    Starts out well but flounders a bit in the middle and on through the end. I enjoyed the detailed description and narration but I need something more. I might avoid other books from this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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