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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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    Elizabeth ARVADA, CO, United States 09-06-13
    Elizabeth ARVADA, CO, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Violent and laborious"
    What disappointed you about The Neon Rain?

    This is my second book I've listened to by James Lee Burke. I found this book to be so violent for no real reason. It didn't do anything to support the story or make it more interesting. I almost gave up a couple of times, but stuck it out to give it a fair chance. as a result, this will be the last book of Mr. Burke's that I will purchase.


    Has The Neon Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just from this author


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was sometimes difficult to follow the characters


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 03-12-12
    KP Oakland, CA 03-12-12 Member Since 2017

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "Neon Rain"

    A basic and fairly good detective novel. This is the first in the series, and it was recommended to me. I liked the New Orleans and Cajun background, and it was pretty easy to read. I wondered about a few parts of the plot, like why Annie would fall for this guy (the hero) under the circumstances, and about his ex partner's role in the book. I would read another book about Dave Robicheaux at some point. It wasn't earth shattering, but it was entertaining. Several other reviews compliment Burke's use of sensory detail. I didn't particularly agree that he used it that skillfully. In fact, I thought that part was a little formulaic, and I kept trying to see if I was noticing the formula correctly: throw in some details about nature at the beginning of a scene to try and get the reader to feel a soft, romantic feeling about New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Then proceed with the killing (well, I suppose I should just say "proceed with the plot.")

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Manfull Pasadena, CA United States 09-26-13
    Melissa Manfull Pasadena, CA United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Too Macho for my taste"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought I would give this book and author a try based on the reviews. To be honest, I'm a bit tired of the detective genre and find that it over saturates the fiction market.<br/>The book is well written and exceptionally delivered by Wil Patton but I could not get past the over-indulgent use of violence and the portrayal of one dimensional female character(s?). I found the overall flavor to be macho, a male revenge fantasy that left me feeling uncomfortable for no really good reason. If the violence and revenge had more of a point to the plot, and wasn't so ridiculous (I mean how could anyone, let alone a cop plausibly get away with all of the intimidation, murder, assault in the span of one book?) I wouldn't think twice about it. I was really looking forward to start another well reviewed series but I think I'll pass on this one, not sure if I want to spend another 10 or so hours feeling distressed about the state of male power dynamics.

    14 of 17 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah W. Fisher Coeur d'Alene, ID United States 10-15-09
    Deborah W. Fisher Coeur d'Alene, ID United States 10-15-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Vivid violence"

    This is an incredible writer. The images are very powerful. But they were so violent. I was simply dismayed at their darkness. I knew that there would be difficult passages; it's about the murder of a prostitute after all. But I had no idea they would be so pervasive--including multiple violent flashbacks for many of the characters.
    I don't think I'm a prude, but this book had images that are way darker than those I want to put into my mind.

    34 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    victoria New York, NY, United States 05-13-09
    victoria New York, NY, United States 05-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Delicious"

    There's something special about the mix of Dave Robicheaux, Will Patton, and the places and people of south Louisiana. Burke's take on the internal as well as the external life of his characters draws one right in, and makes me want more.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 11-04-16
    Calliope 11-04-16
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    "Average detective story, with good narration"

    There's a lot of description of the environment and the times, although to me it seemed a little like name dropping to name the exact restaurant or item on the menu, or to detail the ingredients in a po'boy sandwich. As if that would somehow make it more "real", when all it did for me was upset the flow and feeling. More of a cliche of Southern Noir - although I know Burke has many fans.

    As for the detective story itself? Meh. Nothing too terribly interesting or exciting, though not terribly boring or obvious either. The narration, though, was very good, and I could picture Robicheaux nicely from Patton's performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TKW SLC,UT 04-24-15
    TKW SLC,UT 04-24-15 Member Since 2013

    Find an adventure...every day!

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    "Another Alcoholic Cop"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For the brilliant Will Patton, YES. For the alcoholic, out-of-control, violent cop character, NO.Why do these wonderful writers think alcoholics are so interesting. They are NOT.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The descriptive prose is lovely, lyrical, elegant. About the time I think Dave is going to get it together he does another truly stupid thing given his experience. I mean really...someone is out to kill you and you are too tired to check your door before you walk in...not believable.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton can do no wrong as a narrator. I often chose books based on his narration.


    Do you think The Neon Rain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is obviously written for a follow-up so the question is moot. I love police procedurals, but come on...are all the cops alcoholic nightmares?


    Any additional comments?

    Will Patton Reigns!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Kern 10-18-14
    Sherry Kern 10-18-14

    Love listening to audio books, as well as reading books on my kindle. Mostly Mysteries and Thrillers, but do like the occasional chick-lit.

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    "I finished it . Finally"
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    No. Didn't understand most of the slang he used. Over describing of everything. I started selectively hearing what pertained to the story and block out the tried for poetic description.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 12-19-13
    Sharon United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointment"

    Just finished the last book in this series and really enjoyed it. So I thought is go back and start from the beginning. I finished the book, but couldn't really even tell you what happened, it just didn't hold my attention.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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