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The Neon Rain

by James Lee Burke (Author)

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Series: Dave Robicheaux (1)

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Weshalb gibt es hier keine Neuauflage??? Und auch von seinen anderen Büchern nicht? Und weshalb werden seine Krimis seit 2003 nicht mehr ins Deutsche übersetzt? James Lee Burke ist wirklich eine Bereicherung für die Krimiszene und die zahlreichen Auszeichnungen für seine Werke sprechen für sich.
Neonregen ist das erste Buch mit dem Protagonisten Dave Robicheaux, der als Polizist in New Orleans lebt und arbeitet. Wie viele Helden seiner Art hat er ein massives Alkoholproblem (wenn auch seit einigen Jahren trocken) und neigt zur Schwermut als Folge seines Vietnameinsatzes (das Buch ist aus dem Jahre 1987). Doch im Gegensatz zu Anderen versinkt er nicht nur in Schwermut, sondern hinterfragt und analysiert das, was um ihn herum vorgeht. Es sind schon fast philosophische Ausarbeitungen, an denen uns Robicheaux teilhaben lässt ('Um uns von unserer Vergangenheit zu befreien,..., behandeln wir sie wie eine verblassende Erinnerung. Gleichzeitig ist die Vergangenheit jedoch das Einzige, was uns eine gewisse Identität verleiht.'). Und trotz aller Erfahrungen glaubt er noch immer an das Gute, die Gerechtigkeit und die Wahrheit.
Nicht ganz einfach im Süden der USA, wo Schwarze noch Nigger sind, Beziehungen das Wichtigste und Korruptheit auch der Polizei an der Tagesordnung. Als Robicheaux eine junge Schwarze tot im Fluss findet und diese ohne Obduktion als 'ertrunken' gemeldet wird, nimmt er eigene Ermittlungen auf. Er scheint in ein Wespennest gestochen zu haben, denn plötzlich findet er sich im Visier von Berufskillern und -schlägern, dem CIA, dem Schatzamt und selbst einige Kollegen scheinen sich gegen ihn zu wenden. Doch Robicheaux macht weiter...
Das alles ist klasse geschrieben, aktuelle Probleme der damaligen Zeit sind überzeugend mit eingearbeitet, wie oben bereits erwähnt finden sich fast schon philosophische Diskurse und Action und Spannung kommen ebenfalls nicht zu kurz. Glaubwürdig wirkt auch die Darstellung des damaligen Südens, man merkt hier kennt sich einer aus. Ein Krimi wie er sein sollte - einfach richtig gut!! ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
This book was written while I was a student at LSU but somehow I missed it along with the rest of the Dave Robicheaux series until now. What a shame! I listened to this incredibly narrated audiobook during my Thanksgiving drive home and back again. I could not have picked a better way to spend 8 hours and 22 minutes of my drive. Every one of my senses was evoked by James Lee Burke and I was temporarily transported to New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou country with the taste of its food, the sounds of its music, the smells of the French Quarter. I laughed. I was repulsed. I was impressed by the fantastic character development. Although the unabridged version of the second book in the series, Heaven's Prisoners, is not yet available, I purchased the paperback today and I look forward to continuing the journey with Robicheaux. ( )
  kellifrobinson | Nov 25, 2014 |
Neon Rain. James Lee Burke. 1987. This is the first Dave Robicheaux novel. It was great to read it, as it explains events that were mentioned in the later novels. He and Clete are not close like they are in the other novels, but Robicheaux has the same nightmares about Vietnam, the same Catholic world view and the same problems with alcohol, and the same sense of honor and justice that makes him determined to right wrongs he can. Very good ( )
  judithrs | Oct 28, 2013 |
Gets pretty violent but classic Burke. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Dave Robicheaux is a lieutenant on the New Orleans P.D.

He observes the body of a young black woman while he is fishing. He tries to get the local authorities to investigate but they aren't interested in looking into the details of a young black woman's death many years ago. Things were like this in Louisiana years ago.

However, Dave's stirring up the pot has made one gang member concerned and he puts a hit on Dave's life. This gang member is into the distribution of drugs and dealing with prostitution.

Dave comes into contact with a young agent from the bureau of alcohol and narcotics. The gang capture Dave and force feed him liquor then put him behind the wheel of his car and stage an accident. The young agent dies and it looks like Dave has fallen off the wagon.

James Lee Burke writes in a lyrical manner and sets the tone for Dave's defense of the poor and defenseless. Clete Purcel also shows glimpses of his future friendship to Dave and his loyalty.

This is a wonderful novel and start to a new mystery series. ( )
  mikedraper | Sep 16, 2013 |
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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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