“Burke's plots bear a certain similarity to one another, the villain is usually known to Dave Robicheaux from an earlier time, the villain's wife is usually crippled and Dave either resigns or is sacked from the force. Despite this shortcoming and Dave's ever-present sombre mood, the result of his...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Burke's plots bear a certain similarity to one another, the villain is usually known to Dave Robicheaux from an earlier time, the villain's wife is usually crippled and Dave either resigns or is sacked from the force. Despite this shortcoming and Dave's ever-present sombre mood, the result of his alcoholism and subsequent recovery, Burke's lyrical prose wins the day.
Burke must be one of American literature's best kept secrets. He writes in the mildly unfashionable detective genre but that label is too tight, it doesn't begin to even hint at Burke's pure mastery in descibing locations, relationships and conflict with the most apt, poignant and evocative metaphors you are ever likely to encounter.
This outing sees two murder cases interwoven and is set as ever in Burke's beloved Louisiana under the menacing approach of Hurricane Katrina. Now Orleans and New Iberia are brought vividly to life. You can almost hear the leaves rustling on those famous live oaks.
A large cast keeps you on your toes and it's not always easy to rememeber who's who. Robicheaux is ably assisted by long time friend and partner in solving violent crime, Clete Purcel. Dave's recovery from addiction is in stark contrast to Clete's hurried passage to self-destruction, a clever justaposition of attitudes, each highlighting the other.
The final scenes that untangle the twisted plot race at breakneck speed and seem emblematic of the accelerating approach of the coming storm.”
“Opening a book about Dave Robicheaux is like opening a door straight into New Orleans or the Louisiana bayou. Fast paced, brooding and wonderfully written as always.
Back Cover Blurb:
When a nice young woman named Trish Klein blows into Louisiana passing hundred-dollar bills in local casinos, detective Dave Robicheaux senses a storm bearing down on his new life of contentment.....Twenty-five years ago, lost in a drunken haze in Florida, Robicheaux was too far gone to save his friend and fellow 'Nam vet Dallas Klein, murdered in cold blood for gambling debts. Now, the arrival of Dallas's daughter opens a door locked long ago, and extracting her motives points Robicheaux to the suicide of a local 'good girl' pulled into a vortex of power, sex and death. It's Robicheaux's most personally painful case and it may be his deadliest.”
“Classic James Lee Burke Mystery Suspense Novel set in Southern Louisiana.He brings a down to earth set of characters, and spins a pageturning tail of action and suspense. ”L. Allen Stovey wrote this review Friday, March 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As happens with most series, the Robicheaux novels started to bog down and not meet expectations. They also became very dark, too dark for my tastes. Burke appeared to be punishing his characters and readers with this darkness. I almost gave up reading the series any further. The prior novel in the series, Crusader's Cross, was an improvement of mood and writing. This one was one of the best in the series, going back to Heaven's Prisoners, my favorite in the series. Burke has always been an outstanding atmospheric writer, setting a mood for the story with his words. Dave's actions in this one made sense and connected through the plot. The interactions with Clete and Helen were also consistent and showed more depth than they had in the past. Burke also did a great job of handling three disparate cases and while not exactly connecting them, provided resolutions that were believable and with justice. The ending with the Katrina epilogue was evocative and you could feel Burke's pain in writing it. He also did a good job of foreshadowing it during the story, but did not make use of it as a plot point. Hope the next ones are as good as this one.”Thomas G wrote this review Tuesday, September 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not as good as the 1st one I read, but gritty and a good end of summer page turner.”Lisa Anne Mazzei wrote this review Thursday, September 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“American detective story, to much testosterone and alcohol throughout this predicable story”Ms Morscheck wrote this review Thursday, September 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“audiobook”Lori Van Trigt wrote this review Monday, December 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great addition to the series. ”Darrell R wrote this review Friday, May 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another good Robicheaux story. I like the development of his relationship with his new wife Molly too.”Joel wrote this review Tuesday, January 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Talented writing with priceless dialogue and knowledgeable allusions to history, literature and general culture - - along with what is certainly a first-hand knowledge of the less-than-desirable characters and seedy corners of our world. Surely an amazing read for those who know Louisianna. I confess to losing a straight line of familiarity with the characters and events in what is a fairly complicated plot - or seemed to be. Still, I'm on the road to my next novel by this writer. A winner!” ”Judi S wrote this review Saturday, January 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No