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The Neon Rain Audiobook

The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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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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    S. Sand 09-23-09
    S. Sand 09-23-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "The perfect combination of author and narrator"

    I've listened to all the other Dave Robichaux novels on Audible, and was SO glad to see this early one released. Of COURSE the plot, the characters, the writing - is masterful. I agree with the other reviewers here - Will Patton is the perfect narrator. Listening to this book, I truly forgot that I was listening to only one man's voice. The combination of Dave R/James Lee Burke/Will Patton remains my FAVORITE listen from Audible.

    42 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Parusski Jackson TN 12-06-09
    Parusski Jackson TN 12-06-09

    Loyal member since 1998

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    "Where it all began."

    Neon Rain marks the first appearance of Dave Robicheaux, Burke's idealistic Cajun cop. I've read/listened to all of the books in the series but had somehow missed this one. I encourage everyone who likes Burke's flawed detective to listen to The Neon Rain, by doing so you will gain insight into Dave's earlier life, and why he lives like he does.

    Dave Robicheaux doesn't mess around. When he hears that he may be on someones hit list, he doesn't skulk and sneak around, trying to find out what's going on. Not Dave! He goes and asks the guy directly. He has a lot to deal with in this book; a dead girl, mobsters, drug and gun runners, kidnapping, a questionable partner, a new girlfriend, his own demons; and in the end he does pretty well, but probably not in the way you would expect.

    The Neon Rain is a dream come true, a detective novel that bridges the gap to serious fiction with marvelous characters, an intricate plot, and lyrical prose. This is a novel I really admire.

    60 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Arlington, TX, United States 06-10-09
    Daniel Arlington, TX, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2016

    Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)

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    "Shows one why the Robichaux series is Popular"

    I'm a big JLB fan and this book may be the best in the entire series!

    I REALLY hope all of the other earlier books are put into Unabridged audio format.

    Will Patton is easily one of the top ten readers in the business and does a great job as well.

    I want more!!

    Highly recommended!!

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-31-10
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-31-10 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "Where it all began..."

    Several years ago I discovered James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux and became a fan. I started working my way backwards in the stories reading the new ones that came out as well. So, it was a nice surprise when I discovered Audible had released a book written in 1987, remember the days before cell phones, pc's, hand held devies? Anyway, this was hard hitting from the beginning, gave good insight into the background of Dave, in this book he's still a NOPD detective and Clete Purcell and he hadn't bonded the way they do later. I enjoyed this book from start to finish and blew right through it in just a few days. Now where do I go from here?

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Wrenn H. Nicodemo Chapel Hill, NC USA 06-16-09
    Wrenn H. Nicodemo Chapel Hill, NC USA 06-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Burke always delivers!"

    I had already read this book, but when I saw that it was available in an unabridged format with Will Patton reading, I immediately downloaded it. I avoid the Mark Hammer narrations--I don't care for his style. The voice of Dave Robicheaux IS Will Patton. Burke is one of my favorite writers, and I love listening as well as reading.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Crazy Lady Blossom, TX 07-26-09
    Crazy Lady Blossom, TX 07-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Will Patton only, please!"

    I can only listen to Will Patton read James Lee Burke. I tried his other narrator, and could not get past the first disk. Will Patton IS Dave and Clete and Helen, and all the rest as he reads the novels of Burke. No one else can hold a candle--I will have to read Jolie Blon's Bounce for myself--pity Will Patton didn't read that one also!

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 05-16-11
    Pamela 05-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Neon Rain"

    James Lee Burke writes in the gray areas of life; people are both good and bad. What they do to each other and to their environment comes out of the balance (or rather, imbalance) of these two elements. Burke is very perceptive about the lack of sharp lines in morality and the rules of life.

    At first I wondered if every Robicheaux book was going to be this much about him 'battling his demons'. The internal dialogues when Robicheaux goes off the rails get intense, but looking ahead at future synopses I see that he does evolve; he keeps fighting demons but it looks like they change.

    One of the things I kept reminding myself is that when this book originally came out it was smack-dab in the middle of Iran-Contra and Vets fighting for acknowledgement about the damage from Agent Orange. Placing things in context makes a difference; those issues were forefront for many in the country.
    By the end of this first book, I knew I was going to try some more; for some reason I feel like reading them in order. There are also a couple of stand-alone books I'd like to read.

    Burke's writing is affecting; I read a couple of magazine essays by him, reinforcing my sense of him as sharp observer of human behavior and the world around him; it's complexities and it's contradictions.
    Will Patton does a more than commendable job of narrating. One note, though; he's an actor--if Dennis Quaid can do a credible cajun accent then it's hard to believe Patton couldn't have done a much better one than his attempts in this book.

    I am trying to find Heaven's Prisoners. Unfortunately Audible only has an abridged version, which doesn't interest me.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-15-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-15-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Cajun Cop Thriller with GREAT Story Line"

    I've had this in my library a while, waiting for the right mood to strike me to listen to it . . . wow!!! What the heck was I waiting for??? This audio book, narrated by Will Patton, just about tops the list of books I've listened to . . . I do love this genre, cops, good versus evil, set in the south, good mystery to solve . . . but this one just has the right "magic" . . . I can almost see and taste New Orleans as I listen to Will Patton's voice . . . and it's so much more than the sleazy strip joints and bars . . . Now I HAVE to listen to more in the Dave Robicheaux series . . . so glad I didn't miss this one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 05-27-13
    Natalie 05-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Unstylish Noir"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like "noir" crime novels and hard-boiled dicks. I think it might interest people who are concerned with the PTSD of the Viet Nam war and / or the struggle with alcohol.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A "cozy" mystery or a legal thriller. I prefer mysteries that are more clearly plotted and have very distinct character development.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think that the performance itself was perfect for the material. The narrator did as well as he could and he had the right tone of gruffness but did not sacrifice clarity.


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

    It has some atmospherics of Louisiana but mostly it was a tedious exercise in profanity that did nothing to forward the rather skimpy plot. It seemed to be a bit of a drunkalogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard that the Dave Robicheaux novels improve as the series moves forward. But I don't think I will try them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric L. lake ville, MA, USA 06-13-09
    Eric L. lake ville, MA, USA 06-13-09
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    "just one question Mr. Burke..."

    are you going to give Mike Hammer some more work pretty soon?

    In complementing James Lee I'll resist comparisons and characterizations of his writing.I will simply say that in this day and age and place where I sell you my money's worth, James Lee Burke's books are a worthy exception. I enjoy them, I benefit from them and I look forward to the next one. The only thing I would change is to have more opportunity to combine Burke and Hammer... It's just flat works!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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