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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"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)
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.
All the reviewers loved this book so much I decided to give it a try but it was just wasn't up my alley. Not into international drug dealers, etc.
I just couldn't listen. I couldn't care about what was happening. Additionally, I was surprised that an author who writes about Louisiana didn't do any geographical research, because his locations are off with some consistency.
This book was filled with brawls along with the gory details. I could have lived without reading this one.
Try another book of Burke's. This book had a terrible plot. The narration also was difficult to follow. This was was my first Burke book and probably my last. May try a more recent book with a different narrator to give Burke one more try.
less trash talk but it's his style and comes accross better being read
Hate southern accent
I didn't finish the book so can't comment on the story line
I tend to like these sort of novels, but I just couldn't find any empathy for the protagonist in this one. In every situation he winds up in, he constantly makes exactly the wrong decisions.
By the end of the novel, I was hoping that he would be arrested and put in prison. Dave Robicheaux is a villain, not a hero. In this novel he commits assault, arson, and murder without punishment. Meanwhile, he's condemning those around him for their crimes.
Despite my lack of connection with the protagonist, I did think the story was well written. Maybe I'll check out some of Burke's non-Robicheaux novels.
Will Patton does a fantastic job narrating here.
This is like taking a bath in a sewer. It is peopled by characters of one dimension, stupidity, and never rises above gutter level. I found it so repellent I couldn't finish it.
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