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)
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
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
Although the publisher's summary sounded good, I did not even get to listen to the book because of the language.
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.
The narrator was bland, at times I wasn't sure which character was speaking.
This may be a better read than a listen.
I wouldn't waste my time on this one.
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.
I listen to audio books while working.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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