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“"I thought about my father and wished he were there with me. He couldn't read or write and never once traveled outside the state of Louisiana, but his heart possessed an intuitive understanding about our lives, our Cajun vision of the world, that no philosophy book could convey. He drank too...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In "Heaven's Prisoners" it is easy for the reader to picture the Louisiana landscape and the culture existing in the New Orleans and the New Iberia area with the wonderful writing and descriptions of James Lee Burke.
The characters he depicts rise up from the pages and it seems that the reader is in the same room as they are, or sitting on the edge of a bayou, discussing a body of a young woman whose murdered body has just been found by a poor fisherman.
Dave Robicheaux is one of the most respected and admired detectives in modern mystery novels. His belief in himself and his fellow men is admirable as is his goal of wanting to do well for the less fortunate.
Dave and his wife, Annie are on their boat when a plane crashes into the water. He rescues a six-year-old girl, the only survivor.
A mob figure was using these people for cruel and illegal purposes and Dave tries to catch the people responsible and punish them.
Dave's wife, Annie, is very supportive but what eventually happens to Annie results in Dave's anger and frenzy to catch the responsible person.
There is excellent characterization in a well plotted story with a number of twists that the reader will never forget.”
“Listened to the audio book. First exposure to James Lee Burke and it was OK. Will have to read some more of his novels before deciding if I like his works.”Larry Smith wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Audio book - first book read (listened to) by this author. This is apparently the first in a series and I will probably read some of his others. Really enjoyed the narration, however there were some situations in the book that I personally felt were too graphic (that is just me!). Good mystery.”Linda Smith wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Former New Orleans detective Dave Robicheaux begins this book living and working in a small business in rural Louisiana. He's married to Annie and free from alcohol and law enforcement. The peace of mind that these facts inspire is soon shattered by a small plane crash, however, which happens a short distance from Dave's boat. That event triggers a series of confrontations that literally shake up Dave's life and return him to law enforcement, the seedy side of New Orleans, and the bottle. Burke's writing makes the reader sense the heat and oppresive humidity of Louisiana and the conditions create a perfect environment for the broader narrative. Dave Robicheaux is not a perfect cop or husband, but his imperfections make the story that much more interesting when he confronts old and new foes.”Rodger A. Payne wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like nothing better than spending a little time with Robicheaux in the Bayou.”Linda wrote this review Wednesday, January 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“second book in Dave Robicheaux series”David D. Hoffman wrote this review Tuesday, August 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man, fighting alcoholism and his memories of Vietnam. He's cursed to see far too clearly the evil in men, and yet somehow also recognize what made them who they are. Despite the damage that's been done to him, particularly by himself, he continues to strive for goodness and love. James Lee Burke's portrayal of the flawed Robicheaux presents him as a hero in the best sense of the word. Burke also has a magical way of describing the Louisiana of both today and yesterday in a way that makes me yearn to go there. I'll continue the rest of the series in order (despite the fact that I've already read so many of them) to both see Dave and Alafair (his daughter) grow and to hear Burke's magical voice.”Leslie H wrote this review Saturday, June 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The one that hooked me”Denis wrote this review Friday, June 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"I thought about my father and wished he were there with me. He couldn't read or write and never once traveled outside the state of Louisiana, but his heart possessed an intuitive understanding about our lives, our Cajun vision of the world, that no philosophy book could convey. He drank too much and he'd fistfight two or three men in a bar at the same time with the enthusiasm of a boy hitting baseballs; but inside he had a gentle heart, a strong sense of right and wrong, and a tragic sense about the cruelty and violence that the world sometimes imposes upon the innocent."
I like Burke's writing. He writes a variety of genres and he writes with a catholic sensibility underlying the confrontation of good and evil and the acknowledgment of the moral complexity of a world in which good men are flawed and bad men have virtues.”