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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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    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.

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-06-10
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-06-10
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    "Not my kind of book."

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene Seattle, WA, United States 06-21-10
    Charlene Seattle, WA, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2005
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    "couldn't finish"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 06-09-10
    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not for Me"

    This book was filled with brawls along with the gory details. I could have lived without reading this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-05-10
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "This book was difficult to get through."

    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.

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    Bonnie United States 08-20-12
    Bonnie United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    In hardcover


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    less trash talk but it's his style and comes accross better being read


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hate southern accent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the book so can't comment on the story line

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Saint Peters, MO, United States 05-19-10
    Jesse Saint Peters, MO, United States 05-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favorite"

    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.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-23-10
    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-23-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Sewer level"

    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.

    4 of 30 people found this review helpful
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