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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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    Cheryl Lawton, MI, United States 02-08-11
    Cheryl Lawton, MI, United States 02-08-11
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    "The Neon Rain"

    I was glad to listen to this, got it during the 1st of Series sale. I started reading this series with the one where Dave rescues Alafair. It was good to listen to this to get the background, when Dave was still with NOPD. It's a great story, as always the wonderful descriptive text and the truly great narration by Will Patton.

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    Pat Martinez, CA, United States 11-05-10
    Pat Martinez, CA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Gritty, Dark and Fantastic"

    In the vein of Mike Hammer, a real get down and dirty detective novel. A little humor, a bunch of action, good story line and I don't mind the flashbacks to 'Nam. Some are a little long but the story makes up for it in suspense. I will definitely read the next in the series. I am very pleased with Will Patton's narration. I don't know about Mark Hammer but I will be finding out. Glad to have a new series to listen to .... Just don't know how this is going to be a cop drama if he isn't going to be on the force.... or is he?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Gray 10-16-10
    Beth Gray 10-16-10
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    "Excellent"

    This is my first Dave Robicheaux book. My husband has been reading him for years and always comments about how the words just flow off the page and how well the characters and plots are developed. I'm sorry I waited so long! I, too, enjoyed the story and the character development. And, I have to agree with my husband the writing is incredible. The way Burke puts words together and the descriptions and scenes he paints with them is exceptional. Everything is enhanced by the narrator who does a wonderful job! You can visualize everything and everyone that is being described.This will not be my last Dave Robicheaux book!

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    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 09-26-10
    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 09-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "I like James Lee Burke"

    Tin Roof Blowdown was my first Burke book and while I found it hard to follow at first, I got into it and enjoyed getting to know the characters. I've read later Burke books and listened to Neon Rain thinking that it help fill out the characters, but I must admit that I like the complexity of the characters in the later books. I like Dave better as a sober man. Will Patton is great and I couldn't imagine listening to other Robicheaux books without him. This book was fine but the later books are better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-21-10
    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "You'll get hooked like a big catfish ..."

    When I come across what for me is a new series, I always like to start at the beginning. I was introduced to J.L. Burke and Robicheaux with Audible's free first chapter for The Glass Rainbow. I was intrigued by Will Patton's narration, the lyrical descriptions of Louisiana, and this taciturn but expressive man, Robicheaux. So I started with Neon Rain, and then promptly went through Black Cherry Blues and A Morning for Flamingos. Like one reviewer has already noted, these novels are graphically violent and, depending on your sensitivities, they may seem gratuitously violent at times. Burke has a poetic style, painting his scenes with words in such a way that you can't help but watch the horror unfold; yet, the second or third rendition of the same scene does seem overdone. I actually found myself rolling my eyes at those times, especially with Clete's apparent relish of the gorier details. But Robicheaux is one of those flawed, nobel characters that's hard to turn your back on, even when he insists on being hard-headed and mucking things up. He's a tortured soul that you want to see redeemed because at heart he's a good man. So Burke hooked me and reeled me as I went through the next two unabridged novels in the series. I'll say here that I definitely prefer Will Patton's narration to Mark Hammer's. With two novels back-to-back, Hammer's narration became irritating for me when he took up the other characters. A slight modulation can go a long way, even when dealing with difficult dialects. While I do recommend the Dave Robicheaux series (and The Neon Rain is a great place to begin), I don't recommend careening through three in a row. By the end of A Morning for Flamingos, I was wondering if the 24 character of Jack Bauer had been modeled on Robicheaux: it seems that nothing can kill Robicheaux, and yet no one who loves him will live long.

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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-07-10
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!"

    I started listening/reading the Robicheux books out of order, so this one really gave me some insight into the "Bopsie Twins from Homicide". Robicheux is really trouble in this one (even more than the others), but like all of James Lee Burke's books it is well written and Will Patton does yet another amazing job with the narration.

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    "Very Entertaining"

    I have enjoyed several of Will Patton's readings of James Lee Burke's novels, and like the others, I couldn't put this one down. It's gritty, hard-hitting, and suspenseful. The characters are richly developed and intriguing, and Will Patton's skill at voicing them is quite enjoyable. Some strong language. Highly recommended.

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    Tracey Rains 06-08-10 Member Since 2007

    I mainly read mysteries, and sci-fi, sometimes with a dose of humor, and I love the BBC. I enjoy the hidden gems more than the best-sellers.

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    "Narrator Not for Me"

    I'm kind of interested in the story in this novel, but I just can't stand listening to any more of this narrator's overly-sincere, "Wow, this is SOOOO deep" style. I was prepared to endure the southern accent; I know where the book is set. But even that got on my nerves after a while. I live in the south, and even for me it was a bit much.

    But the thing that has made me abandon this book is that Patton has affected that kind of tone that I associate with someone talking too slowly, in a kind of whispery voice like he's talking to someone he's trying a little too hard to convince he's non-threatening. I did listen to the sample and knew this might not be my favorite narrator, but I hadn't counted on how much worse the effect gets the longer you listen. My advice is if you don't care for Patton as you listen to the sample, skip this one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bill SUMAS, WA, USA 01-26-10
    Bill SUMAS, WA, USA 01-26-10
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    "Southern Gangsters"

    This was my first read to intro to Burke. I read it some 20 years ago and it started a love of the trials of Det. Dave Robicheaux. I appreciated the narrator's use of voice and thought that when his padner Clete Purcell called out "Streak" that was how it was supposed to sound. I have always enjoyed Mr. Burke's descriptive of life in the bayou country, such that some of the speech patterns have slipped into my head as well. It is spoken at a nice pace and I loved every minute. I plan to purchase the whole series. Yours, Mr. Bill

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    Heather South Bend, IN, USA 01-14-10
    Heather South Bend, IN, USA 01-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Glass of Dr. Nut"

    I enjoy the Robicheaux series and this book is early in the chronology. Not everyone will make it through Detective Robicheaux's trip, but it is great to see snap shots of enduring characters. Will Patton is the only voice I can imagine for the Acadian cop. James Lee Burke's writing brings up memories of drinking Dr. Nut with crunchy ice... although I've never tasted the soda.

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