They're out there, under the salt - the bodies of German seamen who used to lie in wait at the mouth of the Mississippi for unescorted American tankers sailing from the oil refineries of Baton Rouge out into the Gulf of Mexico. As a child, Dave Robicheaux had been haunted by the sailors' images. Years later, Robicheaux, a detective with the New Iberia sheriff's office, finds himself and his family at serious risk, stalked for his knowledge of a watery burial ground by a mysterious man named Will Buchalter - a man who believes that the Holocaust was one big hoax.
©1994 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
I love the way James Lee Burke writes, and I love the characters in his stories, Cletus Purcell has to be one of the great literary personalities of all time. The setting it enthralling as ever, but the foe in this story is just a little to much of a ghost and Dave R. is just walking into too many traps set for him in this one without seeing the writing on the wall. All of that said, I still liked the book, enjoyed Cletus having a prominent role and enjoyed the various characters and how they were developed. I really love the narration in this series and really do not understand the controversy, it is first rate as far as I am concerned. All things considered I am looking forward to the next in the series as even a flat spot in this collection is better than the best works by most authors.
When Dave Robicheaux made the mistake of letting people know he had an idea as to where a World War Two U-boat sunk in the Caribbean might be found, suddenly he has too many people wanting him to lead them to it, including a man calling himself Will Buchalter. With informants dying on him left and right and apparently Bootsie intending to enter the alcoholic state he's fought so hard to put behind him, Dave doesn't know quite whom to trust--and with reason.
Action packed as usual. Although I realized in this one I was perhaps quicker on the uptake and even less trusting than Dave himself, as I had the accomplice pegged pretty quickly on while Dave was still trying to sort out his feelings toward the individual.
whole book is very scary and all I can think of is if Will Patten had read this with a actors flare.. holy cow it would have blown me away.
This narrator is unbelievably versatile and makes the story so authentic with his accent and changeable voice. I've tried reading these books in print but Mark Hammer makes it much more real!
Burke can be wordy but those extra words are always well said and beautiful.
Thank you, Mr Burke for a wonderful character and a great series...
James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux are my particular favorites. And I can't imagine a better reader than Mark Hammer. His Louisianna accent is especially good.
Robicheaux finds WWII Sub
Burke has a fearless mastery of language and dialogue. He is almost Poe like in his use of vocabulary and tempo but he isn't beyond using terms that have been all but outlawed in today's politically correct society. But Mark Hammer is the reason for the success of the audible series. His Cajun vernacular is spot on and melodic. His narrations are almost musical.
When Dave Robicheaus's ex-partner demolishes a criminal's mansion and his reason for doing it is beyond genius. I don't want to spoil it but Ceitus is so colorful and contrasting side of the coin of Dave's personality, it is almost like they are one person.
Racism rises from the depths.
I would like to see serialized books listed in the order they were published.
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