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The Neon Rain

by James Lee Burke

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Series: Dave Robicheaux (1)

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I can see why every crime fiction fan kept recommending I read James Lee Burke. He and Michael Connelly really do stand out as the gritty realists who craft a great novel.

I can't give this 5 stars, however, as it is this gritty reality, the sense of not being able to make a difference do leave you feeling like you shouldn't have bothered reading it. "He won, but not really." I suppose in time that is why this appeals to fans of the genre, because it isn't just about entertaining, and will probably be why I revisit my ratings for Connelly and Burke, realising I sold them short. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
In the first of James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series, the title character is a homicide detective in New Orleans. He is an on-the-wagon alcoholic Vietnam veteran with a failed marriage who lives on a houseboat, so a pretty standard detective novel protagonist.


Right from the start it is apparent that the writing is of a high quality. The smell of the Louisiana heat rises from the page as the first-person narrative intersperses the rich descriptions with internal thoughts and triggered memories from his childhood or his time in Vietnam.


In many ways the novel is written as a tragedy,choices made by the protagonist throughout creating the consequences that take him deeper into trouble (to the extent that, while it was clear Robicheaux himself survived, I was surprised the ultimate outcomes were relatively happy), underscored by a well-plotted detective story laid subtly underneath. As well as these, there are musings on honour and loyalty and a rather nice implied link between the Vietnam war and the proxy wars that the US was fighting in South America.


I can't quite give it 4/5 so 3.5 stars ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
3.5 * for the book itself. This first Robicheaux book did an excellent job evoking the early 1980s for me and I like the Louisiana setting (especially with Will Patton's accent). However I don't much like mysteries which feature police (or P.I.s) with troubled personal life and I dislike the way Robicheaux takes the law into his own hands( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Excellent narration of a great novel. Will Patton is a natural for reading the Robicheaux novels. Burkes's silver-tongued pen does not disappoint. His prose and imagery makes him one of the best authors I've ever read. For me Patton took a bit to get used to but in the end, he IS Dave Robicheaux. ( )
  LJayLeBlanc | Dec 2, 2016 |
I first picked up The Neon Rain in the late 80's and was swept away by Burke's style and vivid description of my South Louisiana home. I subsequently read many of the Robicheaux novels. After reading Wayfaring Strangers last year, I decided I wanted to revisit Dave and started at the beginning. Thirty years later, the book didn't disappoint. While not Burke's best, his signature prose and familiar locale keep the pages turning. ( )
  LJayLeBlanc | Dec 2, 2016 |
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Holleman, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the family of Walter J. Burke of New Iberia, Louisiana, with great affection for their gentle spirit and kind ways.
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The evening sky was streaked with purple, the color of torn plums, and a light rain had started to fall when I came to the end of the blacktop road that cut through twenty miles of thick, almost impenetrable scrub oak and pine and stopped at the front gate of Angola penitentiary.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743449207, Paperback)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JAMES LEE BURKE

THE NEON RAIN

Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux's haunted soul mirrors the intensity and dusky mystery of New Orleans' French Quarter -- the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he becomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down a subterranean criminal world and come to terms with his own bruised heart in order to survive.

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Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux's haunted soul mirrors the intensity and dusky mystery of New Orleans' French Quarter -- the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he becomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down a subterranean criminal world and come to terms with his own bruised heart in order to survive.… (more)

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