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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I bought this on a special sale -- it was $4.95! And I'm SO glad I bought it!! I'm a littled bummed the second in the series is abridged...but no matter...I'm gonna go through the whole series. Will Patton is FANTASTIC and James Lee Burke is a master story teller!
Loved the story, the protagonist, the reader... Had I read the book myself, I could never have gotten the protagonist's voice right in my head, the way the reader did. A wonderful audible read. Only possible flaw was one or two fantastical vignettes within an otherwise hard knock detective story. Yet, if seen as pure entertainment, then there really aren't any problems.
The Neon Rain, the first in the Robicheaux series, perfectly captures the texture of the Deep South. Its rich and subdued prose couples perfectly with the understated and richly complex characters. The story is original but familiar enough to allow noir fans to settle right in for a dark, intelligent tale. What really makes this an audiobook worth having is the pairing of the language with the Narration (read performance) of Will Patton, whose spot-on Southern tempo and gentle accent turn this audiobook from a prose reading to a poetry performance. Buy this audiobook. Buy it today.
James Lee Burke is one of the finest authors of the 21st century. His books are so difficult to put down and stop thinking about that I am captivated until I finish them. I also re-read them. He and Michael Connelly are my favorites. Don't miss any of them. This one is an early one where Robicheaux is still drinking and meets his wife Annie. Narration is very very good.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
Many times I wanted to quit listening to this one but I pressed on. I don't think I ever wanted a book to end so much before. Every time I thought it can't get any messier, the lead can't do anything more stupid, or the other characters more despicable...I was wrong. I also got extremely tired of the descriptions....tell me a couple times what something looks like but 4 or 5 different ways to describe the scene got old and annoying, Definitely not my kind of book.
If Dave Robichaux really existed and he didn't sound exactly like Will Patton, it would just be wrong. I have listened to several of these books, and Will is amazing. The best. Never had listened to this first one (not sure if he wrote this as a prequel or if this was the first one), but it's a good, stirring read and Will does Dave justice again. Title is weird and unrelated, though.
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